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The other side of brokenness

"If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . ."―Sheila Walsh

God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known.

When the glass house Sheila had lived in for so many ...

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Overview

The other side of brokenness

"If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . ."―Sheila Walsh

God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known.

When the glass house Sheila had lived in for so many years came crashing to the ground, she began a new life outside the safety of those walls. No, it didn't feel good, nor safe―not at all. But it felt true. Sheila saw herself as a broken lamb limping after the Shepherd, not knowing where He was going, but knowing that wherever He went, she wanted to go with Him.

In twelve stirring, insightful, and deeply revealing chapters, Sheila Walsh shows how personal brokenness can open doors of intimacy with Jesus Christ that might never open in any other way.

It's not that God loves broken people more than those who imagine themselves to be whole―it's simply that they know they are loved. They dare to believe it . . . and through such trust, a new wholeness emerges from yesterday's broken pieces.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400202454
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 406,981
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith speaker, is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess series, God Loves
Broken People
,The Shelter of
God's Promises
, The Storm
Inside,andanovel,Sweet Sanctuary. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and their son, Christian.
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GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE

(AND THOSE WHO PRETEND THEY'RE NOT)
By SHEILA WALSH

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Sheila Walsh
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0245-4


Chapter One

I'm Not Waving; I'm Drowning

When Deep Water Meets Even Deeper Love

She had struggled from childhood with overpowering feelings of melancholy.

As an adult, it was no better.

British poet Stevie Smith traced much of her struggle to a difficult childhood and to the devastation that swept over her after her father abandoned the family. Her most famous poem lent its title to a collection she published in 1957. She called it simply "Not Waving but Drowning."

Her brief, twelve-line poem pictures a dying man thrashing about in the surf, gesturing wildly, yet unable to attract the help of people passing by on the shore. The passersby see him, but they suppose he's merely waving. And so they walk on, maybe even waving back ... leaving him to drown. The poem ends with these desolate lines:

I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning.

Have you ever felt anything like that?

I have. Sometimes I still do.

Despite the fierce love of Jesus and the measureless grace of God, sometimes I thrust my hands up in the air, my arms flailing wildly, and people nod and smile and return what they see as a wave.

But I'm not waving. I'm drowning. Even for those of us who have walked with Christ for years, wounds from the past can still rush in like an unexpected storm.

In just the past couple of weeks, for example, the waters started to rise as I returned from a weekend speaking engagement. As is my custom, I texted my husband, "Landed!" when the wheels of the plane touched down on the tarmac. I've come to expect his return message, "Yay!" This time he added that he was picking up our son from a sleepover at his best friend's house.

At a little after 10:00 p.m. I retrieved my bag and headed out to my car. We live about thirty minutes from the airport, so I felt sure Barry and Christian would beat me home. As I turned into our driveway, however, the house was dark.

What a desolate feeling, seeing a dark house where I expected welcome lights flooding from the windows!

Oh well, I told myself. It's probably taking longer than expected to retrieve Christian's stuff from places only teenage boys would think to leave them. I shrugged off the small wave of fear and busied myself with unpacking.

By 11:00 p.m., however, I still hadn't heard anything.

I called Barry's cell, but he didn't pick up.

I texted him: "Where are you guys?" Nothing. No reply.

When by almost midnight I still hadn't heard anything, I felt the water rising over my head and the suffocating fingers of panic close in around my throat.

It's an all-too-familiar emotion. It's the hated voice way down in the cellar of my soul, whispering, They're gone! You've always known it would happen one day. You lose what you love, Sheila. Always have, always will.

I felt myself going under for the third time when a few moments later I finally heard Barry's car pull into the garage. It could have been—should have been—a moment of warmth and joy, a happy and relieved family reunion complete with a group hug.

But it wasn't.

Paralyzed by fear, instead of reaching out to my husband, I turned away, hiding in my own private cell. Instead of receiving a warm greeting from a wife deeply grateful he'd arrived home safely, my husband bore the silence of questions I didn't know how to ask. When I did find a voice, I threw my questions randomly into the air, meaning them as flares—but they stung like arrows.

I have often found anger more comfortable than fear. Anger gives me the illusion of control, while fear leaves me naked and exposed.

When the waves finally subsided, I found myself in a puddle of shame.

Why did I react like that?

Have I learned nothing over the years?

How could I lose my footing so quickly?

Barry had stayed with friends longer than expected to talk with them about a distressing storm of their own. He had also thought I might appreciate a little time to myself after a tiring weekend. Now, wasn't that ironic? I had just returned from telling ten thousand women that Christ offers peace in the fiercest storm—and now my own words battered me.

I'm not waving; I'm drowning.

Unlearning Old Lessons

Over the years I've learned that while Jesus' love remains constant, our experience of that love does not. That's a big problem for many of us because we grew up thinking that once we learned whatever lessons God wanted to teach us, we could sail through life triumphantly on a golden cloud, regardless of the serious challenges or difficulties that knocked on (or knocked down) our doors. Maybe you have pleaded with God, as I have, "Lord, I've learned this lesson. I really have! So can't we move on? Please?"

"Moving on," however, isn't always an option. Life is what it is, our challenges are what they are, and the big changes we long for so intently may take place within us, rather than around us in our circumstances. It's taken me a while to "get" that lesson.

Truth be told, I'm still learning.

On the other hand, please don't imagine that my life swings wildly from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Actually, some of the situations in which I find myself can even seem quite funny—at least, after a little time has passed.

A few years ago I received an invitation to take part in a crusade in London, England. Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho from Seoul, South Korea, would do the main speaking while I would do the singing. Since I love any opportunity to return to my homeland, I felt excited that the event would take place in the magnificent new twenty-thousand-seat O2 arena. I flew in the day before, and as we drove to the hotel, I asked the local event planner when I could do a sound check. He said he would take me over to the venue the following afternoon.

When the knock came at my door at 3:00 p.m., I quickly grabbed my things, ready to leave for the arena. But it wasn't the event planner at my door; it was a small greeting committee. They said they had just come from Dr. Cho's room and would like to come in and chat for a few moments. I invited them in, and after an awkward silence, one man cleared his throat and declared there had been a "slight change of plan."

In retrospect, it would have been like one of the sailors on Jonah's storm–tossed ship telling the prophet, "There is a little fish just over the side of the boat who would love to say hello."

They told me that rather than promote the event themselves, they had hoped God would do the promoting. But apparently He hadn't. The gentleman explained that because of the change in circumstances, there would be a change of venue. Instead of meeting at the O2 Arena, we would hold forth at Peckham High School. (That's like going from the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, to your local 7–Eleven.)

"That's absolutely fine with me," I replied.

But I spoke too soon.

"Well," he continued, "we were hoping you wouldn't mind going over to the arena and standing outside with a sign saying the event's been moved—just in case anyone shows up. Just wave it as high as you can!"

Am I hearing this correctly?

I politely declined that opportunity and settled instead for singing through a bullhorn in the school gym!

Horrifying at the time, but quite funny today.

What's It Doing in God's Word?

Let's admit right now that a lively wave of the hand often doesn't mean "Hello!"

Sometimes it can mean "Help!"

I think this is especially true when life fails to turn out like we thought it would. Perhaps we began our Christian lives with great dreams, soaring hopes, and fervent anticipation. But somewhere down the line, our dreams decayed, our hopes got hammered, and our anticipation all but vanished into the abyss. Crushed expectations can leave us feeling desperate, despairing, and desolate.

Have you ever read Psalm 88?

It isn't likely you will see the words of this psalm on a wall plaque or in a framed cross–stitch in the family room. This "psalm of lament" could give even psalms of lament a bad name. While most such songs start out with some kind of desperate plea—"How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?"—they normally end in praise or at least with a little hope: "I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me" (Psalm 13:1, 6).

Not so in Psalm 88.

Yes, it definitely opens with a plea for help—"Day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry." But you will look in vain at the end of the song for praise, for hope, or even for a teensy bit of light. The writer describes God's "wrath" sweeping over him and the Lord's "terrors" destroying him, surrounding him, completely engulfing him. And then comes verse 18:

You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

And that's it. End of psalm. Period.

When was the last time you saw anyone use that verse to conclude a worship service? I never have, and I'm pretty sure you haven't either.

So why did God include Psalm 88 in His Word? Why is it even there? Do we have so little hardship and pain in this life that we have to read about it in the Scriptures?

I told you in this book's introduction that I wouldn't offer you a nice, tidy system of belief that heals all wounds, brings out the sunshine, or inspires the angels to thunder the Hallelujah Chorus. The truth is, I think Psalm 88 has a place in our Bibles because it's true. It reflects how we feel sometimes—yes, even those who have a passionate love for Christ.

Do you feel as though God's wrath has withered you, whether for some good reason or for no reason at all? So did the psalmist.

Do you feel as though His terrors are destroying you, surrounding you, completely engulfing you? So did the psalmist.

Do you feel as though all your loved ones and companions have been snatched from you? So did the psalmist.

Does the darkness feel like your closest friend? It certainly did for the psalmist.

In chapter 6, we'll discuss some ways to deal with dark feelings such as this, but for now I just want you to recognize that God knows such feelings exist, and He chose to honor them by including a record of them in His Holy Word.

Why? Because those are words that may come from our own hearts someday, if they haven't already. What's more, "He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:14 ESV). Don't make the common mistake of trying to deny your feelings or pretending they don't matter or feeling guilty and condemned because you have them. While I don't counsel you to wallow in them, neither do I suggest that you hide from them or run away from them.

Listen to one of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare's profoundly tragic tale King Lear:

The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

Remember this: God sees your arms flailing, and He knows very well that you're not waving; you are going under for the third time. As the ultimate Lifeguard, He's seen a lot of thrashing arms in the wild surf of life:

* Moses—"If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now ... and do not let me face my own ruin" (Numbers 11:15).

* Job—"Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me" (Job 10:18).

* David—"What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit?" (Psalm 30:9).

* Jonah—"Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live" (Jonah 4:3).

* Eelijah—"I have had enough, Lord.... Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors" (1 Kings 19:4).

* The disciples—"Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" (Mark 4:38).

* Paul—"We despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death" (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).

* Jesus"—My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).

Drowning, indeed.

Broken Pieces

Early in the morning I love to take a mug of good, strong coffee out onto the patio and watch the sun rise. Our home backs onto a lake, and the beautiful scenery changes with the seasons. For all the loveliness and color of that scene, however, my gaze always returns to a certain stone ... a mosaic stone at the edge of our lawn. With its garishly bright colors and uneven shapes, you might think it looks a little out of place. But I consider it a priceless treasure.

I remember the morning that my son, Christian, then seven years old, gave the stone to me. I remember it well for two reasons. First, this beautiful homemade gift came from the heart of my little boy, and, second, he almost collapsed my lungs when he thrust it upon me!

As my birthday approached, Christian told his dad he wanted to make something special for me. After considering a number of ideas, they finally settled on a project Christian had seen advertised in a magazine—a mosaic stepping–stone kit. The magazine showed a picture of a beautiful finished piece, and I think Christian imagined that's what he was ordering. So when the kit arrived and he opened it up, he felt very disappointed.

"Look, Dad, it's just a box of broken things. I can't give that to Mom!"

Barry explained that Christian would use the pieces to create his own pattern to make a one–of–a–kind gift. Once he caught a glimpse of the plan, Christian really liked that idea. For the next few days, the boys banned me from the guest bedroom, where they'd spread out the materials over a large towel until they could complete the masterpiece. Barry told our young son that he should pick and choose which pieces to use, but Christian felt determined to work in every single piece from the box. His creation wound up in poured concrete, so the finished product weighed a ton.

On the morning of my birthday, Christian came staggering into our bedroom, carrying his gift in a box. He asked me to close my eyes and hold out my hands. I closed my eyes and prepared to hold out my hands, but when his gift got too heavy for him, he unloaded it onto my chest. It almost flattened me! We took the stone outside that very morning and placed it right at the edge of the lawn by the patio, and even today that's the first thing you see when you set foot outside.

I love that stepping-stone.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE by SHEILA WALSH Copyright © 2012 by Sheila Walsh. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: It's Okay Not to Be Okay....................v
ONE I'm Not Waving; I'm Drowning....................1
TWO Bummer Lambs and Black Sheep....................14
THREE Old Wounds Have Good Memories....................25
FOUR Relentless Questions....................40
FIVE Hiding, Pretending, and Other Failed Escapes....................55
SIX What Can I Know for Sure?....................66
SEVEN A Tale of Two Teresas....................77
EIGHT Fierce Love and Halloween Grace....................90
NINE Nothing to Protect, Nothing to Lose....................105
TEN Called to Something Bigger....................118
ELEVEN Only the Wounded Can Serve....................129
TWELVE The Sacred Ache....................140
THIRTEEN Christ the Broken....................151
EPILOGUE: Longing for Eden....................163
Acknowledgments....................167
Bible Study....................169
Notes....................215
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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They're Not By Sheila Walsh

    The other side of brokenness "If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . ."¿Sheila Walsh God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known. When the glass house Sheila had lived in for so many years came crashing to the ground, she began a new life outside the safety of those walls. No, it didn't feel good, nor safe¿not at all. But it felt true. Sheila saw herself as a broken lamb limping after the Shepherd, not knowing where He was going, but knowing that wherever He went, she wanted to go with Him. I have read other books by Sheila and I really enjoy her writing. She uses her life experiences in many of her books, as she did this one. It is always nice to know someone else has suffered and sinned, etc. just as you have. But this book of Sheila's was very different from her other writings that it really turned me off a bit, it was not uplifting nor was it encouraging to me at all. For instance she writes in one chapter titled 'Fierce Love & Halloween Grace' she writes: "I call this kind of grace 'Halloween grace,' because it wears an unanticipated costume. (Halloween Costumes) don't 'necessarily give any clue to the sort of kid on the inside. Grace can be like that too.'" "But in each case His grace wears a slightly different costume." This comparison totally turned me off and was very hard for me to swallow. There are many typos in her book as well as repetitive writing with the same point being repeated. The personal narratives were of no use to me either. I felt she left out some very useful bible based advise for the reader. This was not one of Sheila Walsh's finest books at all, it was not very well thought out, it was very disorganized. I did like some parts of the book, such as chapter 6 was very well written and the sad part is the whole book could be summed up in this chapter. I don't want to turn anyone off from reading Sheila Walsh's writing's because she has written some wonderful and useful books, this one unfortunately was not one of them I am sorry to say. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    Encouraging!

    Several months ago, I heard Sheila Walsh speak for the first time on a Focus on the Family broadcast. I had heard of her, but didn't know much about her.

    This particular day I was home sick and laying in bed depressed. I decided to turn on the radio to 570 AM for some encouragement.

    Sheila Walsh was introduced and began to speak about her life. I felt as if she was speaking directly to me. The Holy Spirit was using her to minister to me in a deep way that I found myself in tears.


    She left such an impression that when I saw God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They're Not) I knew I wanted to read and review it.

    Sheila Walsh is an eloquent speaker. She is also a wonderful story teller and bible teacher. I appreciated her honesty and transparency in her writing. There is no fluff, Sheila Walsh tells it like it is. She also writes with a heart of compassion and love for people which is revealed on every page of this book.

    I identified and resonated with what she wrote on page 45:

    "God isn't some cosmic jukebox in the sky, from which, so long as you have the right coin, you get to pick the soundtrack for your life. Those who peddle a health-and-wealth message have wounded uncounted thousands who are left reeling with only one conclusion: The reason that my child died, or that my marriage failed, or that we lost our house . . . is because I didn't have enough faith.

    That is beyond cruel; it is blaphemous. Christ never promised an easy path. He never said there would be roses with no thorns, or seasons without winter, or pathways without obstacles. In fact it is quite the opposite."

    This was comforting for me to read. For years I felt condemned by Christians because they would judge me for being depressed. They would accuse me of lacking faith because was hurting and struggling with depression. I'm so glad I no longer believe those lies.

    Sheila Walsh addresses these misconceptions and more in God Loves Broken People. She also touches upon the hard questions we wrestle with as believers. Those questions we are afraid to ask others or even talk to God about. This book gave me encouragement and hope.

    If you are hurting, depressed, struggling, suffering or wondering why bad things happen, I highly recommend God Loves Broken People.

    In conclusion, I want to thank BookSneeze for blessing me with a complimentary copy of this book to read and review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 8, 2012

    I wish I had had this book years ago. Although there is a lot of

    I wish I had had this book years ago. Although there is a lot of controversy around Sheila Walsh's teachings and some people have rated this book low, it is quite profound and I found this book to be pretty biblical. Years ago, I had struggled with how a loving God could allow suffering and perhaps even cause suffering. Sheila addresses this very question. And while I ran to read shallow books with weak answers (like Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People) or Philip Yancy, I couldn't find any real answers. For a time, I was angry at God and couldn't understand how to reconcile the two: God and suffering. I heard all the typical answers and none seemed to fit. God uses all the bad circumstances for good just didn't add up to me. The end should not justify the means.

    Sheila does an incredible job of making intense suffering fit into God's will and plan for our lives. In fact, she turns suffering into something that we might even seek out or wish for because some of the blessings that come from it are just so profound and great. I did not find this book to be shallow or lacking in answers. Some of the examples might have been weak, but the overall story was amazing, beautiful and very very glorifying to God. I felt like this book gave REAL ANSWERS for suffering. I think all Christians can benefit from reading this book.

    Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE by Sheila Walsh

    GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE by SHEILA WALSH God loves us, broken people, who open up our battered hearts to allow God to heal our personal sorrows and heartaches. When our carefully created glass houses crash down, we slowly start to carve a brand new world beyond the safe haven of those demolished walls. We are broken lambs, who limp after our Shepherd. We do not know where He goes but we want to go with Him. Our personal brokenness opens up the way to the heart of God. We broken people know that God loves us, a heart knowledge that we dare to believe, and through such blind trust, a whole new awareness emerges from the shattered ruins of yesterday's broken pieces. The Shepherd loves us. We have no hope and no meaning in life apart from Him. We are not alone, we have never been alone, and we will never be alone. Our divine Shepherd is with us. He has always been there except that we will never know it unless and until we welcome Him into our hearts. The dark little fingerprints in our lives leave not-so-easily-brushed-away smudges that only the Savior can wipe away clean from our slates. Let us bring the scarred, broken pieces of our lives to God and allow Him to do for us what only He can do. He can stitch together the torn fragments of our shattered lives into the most beautiful tapestry. God loves us with a selfless, undying passion. He has committed Himself and His supernatural, omnipotent power to getting us safely home to heaven to be with Him forever. To God be all the glory. © Miriam Jacob

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  • Posted October 28, 2012

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    Highly Recommend This Book

    God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They Are Not by author and speaker Sheila Walsh is a beautiful reminder of God's tender care in the midst of our brokenness. As a missionary mother of six who has served in impoverished areas of the world this book reminded me of the healing that awaits any wounded soul who chooses to linger at The Lord's feet. I loved the way that the author shared from her own painful life experiences. In Chapter Eleven one reads "What if our deepest wounds are the very places through which God's mercy flows to others?" When in the midst of trial, isn't it the comfort of those who have walked through similar experiences that we reach for?

    I was especially blessed by the fact that Ms Walsh dedicated the book in Memory of Ruth Bell Graham. She states, "In Memory of Ruth Bell Graham who taught me to look for the beauty that God makes in brokenness." There can be beauty in our times of brokenness and there is hope for healing with every wound.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it as a beacon pointing to the Hope that the Lord can give to any in the midst of turmoil. I give it a good 5 inspirational stars.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through the Booksneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am enclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Author Sheila Walsh does a marvelous job of displaying the love

    Author Sheila Walsh does a marvelous job of displaying the love of God
    to those who are wounded and broken in this hurtful world. She helps the
    reader to understand that whether you are a young or mature Christian
    you will face various trials and broken moments within your life. While
    the believer changes God's love for them never does. She shares how
    there is nothing that a believer will face that God isn't prepared for
    and ready to help in the time of need. He never runs from trouble so
    the believer should run to Him rather than away when these moments
    occur. There are great thoughts for the individual reader as well as for
    small groups. Also included is a Bible Study section in the book that
    corresponds with each chapter. This is a definite 5 of 5 stars and must
    read for every believer. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received
    this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book
    review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
    The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in
    accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 :
    “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    I love this woman! And what a book! God Loves Broken People,


    I love this woman! And what a book!
    God Loves Broken People, by Sheila Walsh is a book about what it means to need and be saved by a Savior. Though this is the primary message of the Gospels, it still somehow gets lost in the rigmarole of church members struggling to be good little Christians, while inside, they know they don’t measure up to a Good and holy God.
    Sheila takes us through what it means to be broken, starting out with the notion that there are two kinds of shame: that which immobilizes us, and that which draws us nearer our Creator. She recommends the latter. I must agree. She recounts personal stories, her own and others, of how trial left the bearer of tragedy no other recourse but to call on the Lord, the One who would get them through. And in doing so, enrich their journey on this earth.
    She gives the broken a new way to view their challenges while giving steps to heal from them. Not to become the same as before, but to become better, growing deeper in relationship with a Savior who also understands our brokenness because He entered into it with us. And loves us—as she puts it, fiercely—in spite of it.
    I highly recommend this book for those who know what it means to be broken. And for those who don’t—I do not envy you.
    I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Half a decade ago, I read Sheila Walsh's excellent book on depre

    Half a decade ago, I read Sheila Walsh's excellent book on depression, The Heartache No One Sees. I had never heard of Sheila before (despite her fame as a singer, speaker, and writer), but I was quickly taken in by her transparency, hard-knocks wisdom, and obvious heart for encouragement. Her words were a lifeline to me, and I've admired her ever since. So when her latest book, God Loves Broken People, became available on Booksneeze, I snatched it up.

    God Loves Broken People isn't exactly revolutionary, but it's sound and reassuring advice to people who are suffering, enduring trials or disappointments, or are still recovering from past difficulties. The crux of the message is one I've sought out and preached to myself for years now: that the hard things God allows into our lives are never meaningless or arbitrary. Suffering doesn't mean that He doesn't love us, or has abandoned us. He uses our pain to show us His love and provision, help us to grow, and make us more fit for service. Sheila Walsh elaborates on this theme through Scripture, true-life stories, and her own experience.

    I often feel that my own emotional and spiritual scars are a liability, or grounds for rejection, but I've already seen proof of what He can do with those scars. I've also learned that pain holds great potential for spiritual growth if we're willing to tap into it. This book reinforced those lessons and provided comfort. I hope it does the same for you!

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Being Rebuilt The author presented a book that speaks volumes f

    Being Rebuilt

    The author presented a book that speaks volumes from not only experience but from the scriptures as well. God Loves Broken People is a profound book that is highly recommended for those that are experiencing what may seem to be a setback or a standstill in your life. Oftentimes it is hard to share those tough experiences that we go through with others, but how can others overcome without knowing how you made it through. Share your testimony and allow others to share in your victory. The book gave some scriptures that help in understanding that God does love us, but we have to come fully to the throne and be made anew. People are afraid to give their selves fully over to the Heavenly Father and experience a new walk. But what do we have to lose. Thank you author for sharing this great book in hopes that the broken people will be made new through Him that loves us.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Are you stuck?

    How many of us are messed up??? *Raises hand*


    I know that I am broken, I'm not complete and I have burdens, bruises and un-forgiveness that only God can remove.


    Shelia Walsh writes in the introduction that if she could write on book, this would be it! As I began to read this book, I had a difficult time putting it down. Reading this book, makes me feel like Shelia and I are sitting at a coffee shop chatting the day away.







    This book is beautifully written and has a great balance between personal struggles and understand the process grief takes on while being biblical. Shelia uses stories from her life and the lives of others to help the reader understand how during pain, we can draw closer to God. She utilizes scripture and stories from the Bible that have gone through difficult situations.


    I love the raw honesty that Shelia brings to the table. She talks about real pain and struggles. She is honesty in saying that the journey is long and difficult. However, God's love is real, deep and vastly wide. Through scripture, Shelia shows the reader that God is near us in our darkest hour.


    This book is very encouraging to those who have gone through significant pain. God will use these times in our lives to help others on their journey. I would recommend this book to anyone. Whether you have gone through a significant loss or have had minor struggles, this book is for YOU!


    I received this book from booksneeze. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    I heard so many bad things about this book and was told to skip

    I heard so many bad things about this book and was told to skip this latest one. But I'm glad I gave it a try, because I really enjoyed God Loves Broken People by Sheila Walsh. I think this book is an honest look at how women deal with a life of trials and suffering. Sheila first acknowledges that many people reach a state where they feel they are no longer able to deal with everyday life in the rat race of making money and paying bills, which most of us can relate to. Then she offers really good compasionate advice on how these trials mold us into people of character. The ideas in this book are not new and they've been said a hundred times before, but from a woman's perspective, this is a warm, light, easy read. I found the book uplifting. Walsh isn't trying to give us any answers for why God allows suffering but by the end of the book, you come away feeling like suffering isn't so bad after all and actually can be good. I truly enjoyed this book and recommend it to women who want a ofter look and softer perspective on suffering but still without doing damage to God's soverignty.



    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for this unbiased review. I am not required to give positive reviews.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Great for Broken People

    This nonfiction book tackles brokenness at a very personal level--personal to the author and questions posed that make the material very personal to the reader. This author writes with a conversational tone (which increases the book's personal feel) and full of passion.God Loves Broken People is an encouragement to readers and loved ones going through any kind of brokenness. Sheila shares Biblical stories like Moses. She explores the men taking their friend to Jesus in Mark 2. I always enjoy Sheila Walsh's books and this is no exception. I appreciate her ability to simply portray God's love in a real way to the reader. In this book, her focus is people who are broken and hurting and I think she did a wonderful job of writing a book they can relate to and learn from.This book was easy to read and thought-provoking. Overall, a wonderful book and one that I would recommend to someone who was hurting or feeling broken from life.

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