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Let Go: Live Free of the Burdens All Women Know

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Burdened. The word alone makes shoulders sink. It slows down our lives. It clouds our vision. It is the result of so many memories, grudges, fears, uncertainty, and stress. It is heavy.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28)

Overworked? Overcommitted? Overtired? Underappreciated?

Let go and live free.

Sound impossible? Sheila ...

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Overview

Burdened. The word alone makes shoulders sink. It slows down our lives. It clouds our vision. It is the result of so many memories, grudges, fears, uncertainty, and stress. It is heavy.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28)

Overworked? Overcommitted? Overtired? Underappreciated?

Let go and live free.

Sound impossible? Sheila Walsh thought so - until God proved himself again and again through his Word, his people, and her life.

In Let Go, the bestselling author and speaker walks readers through the journey to freedom in Christ. Along the way, she tackles some of the toughest struggles that weigh women down, answering them with overwhelming truth, promise, and hope.

You can lay down your burdens. You can rest. You can find peace. You can live free.

Start here. Let Go. And see what God can do.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780849901355
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,193,917
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.97 (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, andanovel,Sweet Sanctuary. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.
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let go

Live Free of the Burdens All Women Know
By Sheila Walsh

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2008 Sheila Walsh
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0320-8


Chapter One

fresh-baked grace for the spiritually hungry

Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right. All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn't, and doesn't, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it's sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. —Romans 5:18–20 MSG

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart. —Charles G. Finney

Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it, you are bound forever to the Giver and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like. Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give. —E. Stanley Jones

So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. —2 Corinthians 4:16 MSG

That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late. —François Mauriac

She never wanted her children to worry, but the loss of her husband had been devastating. Some days, the only thing that helped her get out of bed in the morning was knowing that she had three hungry mouths expecting to "Snap, Crackle, and Pop."

Without her husband's salary, the family struggled, especially when it came time to buy clothing. The girls were easier to keep well dressed—through the kindness of friends in her small church who had daughters just a little older than her girls, there was a steady supply of skirts and sweaters.

It was harder with her son. He had one friend in the church, but he was the same age and size, so when pants and shirts were too small for the friend, they were too small for her boy too. And he was growing so fast, it was clear his school pants were far too short.

She didn't have any extra money that month to purchase new pants, so she decided to ask god for help.

Although she didn't want the children to worry, she did want them to know they were being watched over by a very practical, loving Father who understood their needs and was willing and able to meet them. After supper that night, she told them what was going on.

"Your brother needs new pants and I don't have enough money to buy them, so we're going to ask god to provide them," she said.

The younger daughter was skeptical. "does god keep extra pants in heaven? I didn't think angels wore pants," she said.

"That will not be a problem to god," the mother said with a smile. "If god can make a planet out of nothing, he can certainly find some pants for your brother."

So they joined hands, and she prayed, "Father god, thank you for taking care of us. Thank you that you know what we need even before we ask. But you have invited us to ask in Jesus' name. You know that we have a need for pants, so I ask you to provide those and thank you in advance for your loving provision."

"What now?" the younger girl inquired. "Will an angel ring the doorbell or will the pants come in the mail?"

"Let's just wait and see!" the mother said with a conspiratorial wink.

The following evening, the mother's friend dropped by for a cup of tea. When she left, she gave her a package. "I bought these for Tom, but he seems to have grown several inches overnight! These are far too short. Could your son wear them?"

Inside the mother found three pairs of brand-new pants that were just perfect for her son. She was deeply grateful ... but you could have knocked the younger daughter over with a feather.

seeing God in everything

Charles Finney once said, "A state of mind that sees god in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart." That statement was a timely challenge for me. Do you ever read something like that and recognize the truth in the words, yet you struggle with what "seeing god in everything" looks like in real, day-to-day life?

Take your life at this moment and run it through that grid. Is it hard to see the hand of god in everything that is happening right now? What are you dealing with right now that you don't remember signing up for?

I think of one of my friends whose daughter is sick. She and her husband are waiting for test results. I think of a school friend of Barry's whose young son has been very ill and has gone through so many painful procedures—and he is not out of the woods yet. I think of a female soldier in Iraq who wrote to say that she listens to audiotapes from our Women of Faith conferences, and at times they are the only thing that keep her sane when she sees friends' lives lost in the war.

All these and other harsh intruders in life often make it hard to recognize the fact that our god is always present. But some of the greatest surprises to me on this spiritual journey are those moments when it becomes clear god has been faithfully cultivating my heart—those times when things don't go as planned, and I do see god is in control. They don't have to be extreme situations like I described above. Often it's in the little things we see god's work. That is grace, and that is a gift.

the best-laid plans of mice and men

I didn't realize at the time I read Charles Finney's statement and wrote it in my notebook that god had tucked this little phrase into my pocket for a day like yesterday. As I reflect on the events of yesterday, I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Either way, I am a recipient of grace. Let me give you a little background.

In January 2008, Barry and I decided that since we hadn't had a real vacation in five years, our family would travel somewhere fun for spring break. Barry did some research and found a great deal at a hotel in Cancún, Mexico. Since we live in Texas and Cancún is only a two-hour flight for us, it seemed ideal.

A few days before we left, I pulled together everything I thought we'd need. I looked at our three passports and noticed Christian's had expired. Barry called the airline and was told that all we needed for Christian was his birth certificate.

The big day arrived and we got to the airport in lots of time to catch our morning flight. We presented our two passports and Christian's birth certificate at the desk.

The agent asked, "Where's the third passport?"

"We don't have one," Barry said, "but we do have his birth certificate."

"You can't fly without a passport," she said.

"But we called and talked to one of your agents," Barry replied, his bubble of hope beginning to vaporize.

"You can't travel out of the country without a passport—everyone knows that!" she said, looking at us as if we had just crawled out from underneath a haystack.

"That's why we called, ma'am," Barry bravely continued.

"Not my problem," she said. "Next in line!"

By this point Christian was in tears. I felt so bad for him. He had been very excited about our vacation, and now we were stuck at the airport with a plethora of luggage and nowhere to go, and the friend who dropped us off had left.

"I'm so sorry, Christian," I said. "We'll try to work something out."

Christian and I dragged our bags over to a seating area while Barry remained at the counter, trying to fix the problem. Thirty minutes later, we called for a cab. As soon as we arrived back home, we immediately got online to see what could be done. We discovered that if we could get to Houston, Texas, the passport office there could issue Christian a passport when it opened the following morning and we should have it the same day. We drove back to the airport and got on a flight to Houston.

"We'll find a hotel close to the passport office or the airport when we get there," Barry said.

Oh, really?

When we arrived in Houston, we called every hotel we could think of; but they were all full. We got down to the Motel 6, the Motel 5, and the Motel 2 1/2, but there was no room in the inn. Apparently there was a convention of helicopter pilots in town—who knew there were so many! Finally, as we were about to start looking for a stable and manger, we found a hotel with one room left. By this point, we were all very hungry and tired.

"Mom, do you think I could have a steak?" Christian asked. "I'm starving."

"It's your vacation, babe," I said. "Let's see what the hotel has to offer."

Well, that would be ... nothing. They told us their restaurant was closed, but they would be happy to drive us to one. We told the desk clerk we wanted a steak place, but not anything too formal since we looked a bit bedraggled by this point. She told us about a great restaurant with a new chef who used to work at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. Frankly I didn't care if he'd worked at a Denny's in Darfur; we just needed to eat. The hotel van dropped us off outside a steakhouse and said they would pick us up in an hour. Perfect!

We sat down at our table, and I picked up my menu. I suddenly became painfully aware that Christian was kicking me in the ankle.

"What are you doing, babe?" I asked.

"Mom, that woman is naked!" he whispered.

I looked up and for the first time became aware of the fact that the walls were covered in red velvet and festooned with black-and-white pictures of women with no tops on!

"Barry! Look at the walls!" I said, but he already was.

"Good grief, what is this place?" I whispered. I looked at my menu. It was called The Strip Place. I had naively thought that applied to the strip steak—but apparently not.

Christian went into dramatic mode. "My eyes, my eyes; my beautiful, innocent eyes!"

I said to him, "Just keep your eyes down. Look at your napkin."

When he exploded with laughter, I realized that the same people who'd done the walls had obviously designed the napkins too.

In my evangelical panic, I thought, Let's sing a hymn; we'll sing a hymn! What came to mind was one of my grandmother's favorites, "rock of Ages." Verse two seemed beyond poignant:

    Nothing in my hands I bring,
    Simply to thy cross I cling.
    Naked come to thee for dress ...

I added my own earnest plea to that of Augustus M. Toplady:

    Lord, please get me out of this mess;
    good grief, look at the size of that woman's chest!

We were stuck. We were hungry, we had no transport, and we were surrounded by pictures of women showing us how good God had been to them.

"Okay, Christian, here's the deal," I said. "I know we don't normally let you watch mp3 movies in restaurants, but this is what I would describe as ... unusual circumstances. So put on Sponge Bob SquarePants, and don't look up until I am approaching your mouth with a forkful of something."

Well, we made it through dinner and got back to our hotel. After we had our extended devotions and prayed together, Christian asked me, "Do you think that made god angry?"

"Do you mean angry that we stayed?" I asked.

"I don't know, Mom—just the whole thing," he said.

"I don't think god was cross with us at all," I told him. "I think it made him sad that those ladies felt they had to take off their clothes. I know he loves them and wants the best for them."

"Do you think he loves them as much as he loves you?" he asked.

"Every bit as much," I said.

"Even though they're doing something he wouldn't want them to?" he asked.

"Christian, god's love for us is not based on our behavior," I assured him. "It's based on his heart and his character. That's grace."

grace in all things

I am aware that this silly inconvenience doesn't hold a candle to the life-and-death situations I described earlier. But that's actually my point. As a believer of forty years (I gave my life to Christ when I was eleven), when I am faced with life's crises, I usually know enough to turn to god for strength, grace, and guidance. It's the small stuff that gets me. It's the moments when my plans are messed up, and it feels like no one really cares one way or another. Those are the times I must learn the lesson over again—to trust God. It's hard for me, because it means I have to let go of my agenda.

As Christian and I sat there in the airport in Dallas surrounded by our bags and disappointment, it was a moment of true humanity and grace to let our heads touch as we asked god to help us through. We didn't have to be strong. We didn't have to do it on our own. We didn't need to follow any rules or live up to any expectations. We just had to be honest and real.

We finally made it to Cancún two days late. But we were there. The three of us sat on the beach, side by side, as the sun was setting. Christian said, "Well, it sure took a while to get here, and I saw things no grandson of a Baptist should ever see, but god was with us every step."

For me, that is the miracle of grace. Not that we finally made it to our vacation, but that god was with us every step—and an eleven-year-old boy knew it, even when our plans seemed to fall apart.

As I look back over my life, I can think of many times when this kind of situation happened and my response was very different. I know now that god's grace was right there every single time, but sometimes I didn't reach out and receive it. To have my hands free to receive grace, I have to be willing to let go of whatever I am clinging to.

Think about your own journey. Can you see in your own life how you are growing in grace, not just in the big moments but all those little moments that can rob us of peace and joy?

that's not fair!

As I have watched my son grow in his understanding of grace, the greatest obstacle for him has been the way he often connects god's favor to his behavior. Christian thinks when we do good things god applauds our righteous behavior, and when we slip and fall he frowns on us. (Do you know how hard it is for me as a mother not to let that belief sit there for a few more years, until he's, say, thirty?) I have to tell him again and again god is not a Scout leader or an etiquette coach. His love is lavish and without repentance.

I think this is one of the hardest doctrines to wrap our hearts and minds around. There is something in us that wants to feel we have contributed in some way to whatever we receive. With the grace of God, we contribute nothing. That's hard for us to swallow. We know we don't bring as much as god does to the table, but we want to feel as if we've done our bit for the team! Not only that, but god's grace is fresh every single day, which means you don't have to rely on what was available yesterday. In fact, yesterday's grace is stale. Yesterday's grace was baked fresh by god for the events of yesterday, but today there is a whole new supply for every single thing you will walk through today.

Christian is not a big breakfast eater. He often runs out to shoot hoops with his friends on a summer morning with nothing more than the aftertaste of toothpaste in his system. Then he'll come dragging in and say, "Mom, I'm starving!"

Do you ever find yourself spiritually starving halfway through your day? Fresh grace is available from the moment you open your eyes until you crawl back under the covers at night.

When we are satiated with God's grace, it is much easier to extend grace to others; but when we are on starvation rations ourselves, we have little to spare.

There is also something in us that finds it hard to see that same lavish grace extended to those who seem particularly undeserving. Perhaps no parable illustrates that more clearly than one found in Matthew's gospel. Jesus told the story of a vineyard owner who hired his first workers of the day at 6 a.m. and agreed on a wage of one dollar. He hired more field hands at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Introduction God's Rescue Plan-To Be Delivered, You Have to Let Go v

1 Fresh-Baked Grace for the Spiritually Hungry 1

2 This Dead Religion Is Past Its Sell-By Date 14

3 Living in the Past 27

4 Look at the View Ahead! 38

5 The Trap of Inforgiveness 48

6 Don't Play Fair-It Will Set You Free 63

7 The Trouble with Temptation Is That It's Just So Tempting 73

8 Let Go and Live in Christ's Victory 86

9 Shame on You! 100

10 Shame on Him 114

11 You Are You for a Reason 126

12 I Was Made for This 138

13 Sometimes My Life Feels Like a Cliffhanger 150

14 God Will Prove It's a Love Story 164

15 We Are What We Believe We Are? 176

16 Table for Two, Please 188

17 No Light at the End of My Tunnel 202

18 The Million-Watt Megabulb of God's Hope 215

Conclusion A Long-Awaited Deliverance 228

Deliverance: The Power of a Word 232

Notes 235

Study Guide 239

About the Author 26

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    It's time to Let Go of Your Burdens, Sister!

    Lately I have been feeling so tired - tired because of the many burdens that I bear. Burdens that have been mine for the past 30 years of my life. I live with pain, anger, bitterness, guilt and shame. I worry incessantly over things that I have no control of. It has become such a heavy burden that I am almost overwhelmed by it.

    I opened Let Go by Sheila Walsh with expectations of learning to let go of these burdens and I am not disappointed. On the inside flap of the book is written this very important message:

    As you are, right at this moment, God loves you.
    There is nothing you can do to make God love you more.
    There is nothing you can do to make God love you less.

    Isn't that just such a relief to read and know that I am loved by God just as I am, right at this moment, no matter what I am? Amazing, right? And this is just the opening of this book by a writer that is filled with insights of what women go through. Ms. Sheila Walsh tells women to let go and live free the way God designed us to be. She tells us to let go of our past and accept it as a valuable part of our lives. She teaches us to live in the victory that God wants us to have. Let Go by Sheila Walsh is filled with valuable insights that will lead on to greater faith in God.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    Be free my friend

    Thomas Nelson sent me a book about two months ago. I have a lovely friend at work who introduce me to the website of Thomas Nelson to get books and review them for free, which is so cool. "Let Go", by Shelia Walsh. I enjoyed reading this book. There is meaning in this book for someone who is hard on themshevles and need to lighten their hardship by following God words of wisdom from the Bible. Shelia reminds us to listen, trust and follow him with our everyday living. She explains real life experience and ask questions to help us tune in on our real focus area of improvement. Each chapter begins with scripture and quotes to help you dig in and zone in with her real meaning of this book.

    We need to remember Gods love is real, the words in the bible are real and have real meaning but it is up to us to be willing to follow his path with meaning and understanding that he is in charge and will guide you if you will follow. In the middle of pain and hardship and happiness and sadness, he is with us just trust his words. "Let Go" of what ever is holding you back so you can live with Joy and happiness, free from shame, fear, and loneliness. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17) Be free my friend of your burdens and trust God!

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

    Let GO Sheila Walsh

    Ok So I again and posting a review for Thomas Nelson Books. This time it's for Let Go by Sheila Walsh. This would make a great ladies study or small group book discussion. Sheila Walsh writes in a way that speaks to many. This is not a book to try and read in one weekend, I believe the author intended it to be read at a pace that will allow you to really take in what you've just read. Each Chapter starts with scripture and quotes that relate to that chapter, and ends with thought provoking questions or deliverance delivered and prayer. I love how she starts the book out in her introduction "to be delivered you have to let go" The stories and quotes she uses through out the book are fit perfectly in each chapter making this a book you could use for the specific area you are struggling with, skipping over the other chapters.

    In Chapter one Fresh Baked Grace for the Spiritually Hungry, Sheila talks about Seeing God in everything. I can think back on so many times in my life that I didn't see God in the everyday kind of things. He was there I just wasn't looking

    Some of My Favorite Quotes are: God's Love for us is not based on our behavior, ...It's based on his heart and his character. That's Grace"

    "To Have my hands free to receive grace, I have to be willing to let go of whatever I am clinging to."

    "The Ground at the foot of the cross is even. There are no podiums for those who feel most worthy. There are no pits for those who feel most worthy. There are no pits for those who feel they don't belong. The only way to break free from this dead, stale religion is with the glorious gift of fresh-baked grace every morning for the rest of our lives!"

    The chapter that spoke the most to me was Living in the Past. How often do I talk to myself in a way that I wouldn't dare talk to another person? All to often. This chapter opened my eyes to some of those things that I am "holding on to" that keep me from fully allowing God's Grace to wash over me.

    I would have to say that overall the book was not your typical Christian Self Help Book, Sheila Walsh makes you do the work yourself, and really look into what's going on in your life. Her thought provoking questions really make you think. If your looking for a great book discussion book or small group study this would be a great choice. I will leave you with one last quote from the book that really got me thinking.

    "in Christ our very wounds and scars can be redeemed. Pain is hard: there's no doubt. But pain reminds us why Christ died. It reminds us to bring our wounds to the wounded Healer so he can make us better. In turn, we can comfort others as we have been comforted and look to a future free form hurt. We are not asked to pretend our wounds don't exist, but to let go and stop holding on to them so tightly."

    So Let Go!

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    A good read

    When my husband asked me to read, Let Go, by Sheila Walsh, I was not excited about it. When I read the back cover, it seemed like another Christian self-help book (of which I am not a big fan). As I began to read through the first two chapters, I realized I was going through a situation that I needed to "let go" of, and Sheila was giving me honest examples, advice, and biblical truths I could apply to my situation.
    In, Let Go, Sheila addresses issues many women go through that prevent them from becoming all they can be in Christ. Chapter three discussed living in the past. As I was going through something that still haunts me from my past, I was able to take heart that I am not the only person to struggle with past situations. She wrote, "Truth is powerful. At times it is heartbreaking, but ultimately, it will deliver you. (pg.35)" This statement struck me and has stuck with me.
    At the end of each chapter, Sheila asked questions that made me really have to think in order to answer honestly. As I worked through my own issue, I was given hope and assurance that I am not alone. Other women go through the same thing, and with Christ's help and hope, I can overcome them to become the woman I want to be.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Sheila WOW'd me again!

    Several months ago when I finished reading my last review book, I was given the option to receive a new book & I selected this one. To be quite honest, I've listened to Sheila Walsh speak at Women of Faith conferences for the past several years and while I've always LOVED her, I have only read (part of) one of her other books. I wasn't all that impressed with that one & gave up before I finished it, so I was curious to see if this book would be different. After reading this book, I have to assume that when I read the last book, I must've not been in the right place in my life to "get" what the book was about because this book, Let Go, was simply amazing!

    Sheila has the appearance, at the WOF conferences, of being a high class lady who would never understand my world. But every year when she steps onto the stage & opens her mouth, she immediately speaks into the depths of my heart. In this book, she does the same thing! While the book is advertised as being for women, I found that much of the book could apply to either sex. Sheila tackles burdens that we place on ourselves & reminds us of the depth of Christ's love for us. While not removing those burdens, getting a new perspective on them can certainly help. And with Sheila's words of great compassion and grace, tenderness & wisdom, it is easy to see why she is a best-selling author & amazing speaker.

    I've found that in her speaking as well as this book, she can tell a story very specific to her own life while speaking very intimately to mine. She is a gifted lady with a heart for communicating the truth of God's heart to us, the readers. I highly recommend this book.

    I am a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. You can learn more about the program here: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    Letting Go

    Reading Let Go gave me the courage to put aspects of my life into perspective. This is the first book that I have read by Shelia Walsh. This book was not as easy for me to read. However, I did enjoy the fact that she reminded women the importance of forgiving ourselves and others. I do think she did a good job of pointing out how freeing ourselves from shame and guilt can allow us to live a life of freedom and liberation.

    Each chapter began with scriptural references, quotes and sayings that reinforced the concepts of the chapter. I really like how she ended each chapter with a prayer of deliverance. Reading this book helped me to acknowledge that I can be victorious. I don't have to be shackled by the events of my past.

    I would recommend this book to any woman who is struggling with the shadow of the past. Reading this book shows women how to live a life free of these shadows by actually applying God's word to their darkest situations

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Let Go

    Sheila does a wonderful job of taking you by the hand and walking you through the steps it takes to be free of the many burdens we tend to pile on and hold on to. She shares many heart-soothing quotes and stories to help guide you toward that step of deliverance. In addition, thought-provoking "deliverance" questions and guided prayer can be found at the end of each chapter.

    I found the stories Sheila shared, some personal, to be a tremendous help to the reader in understanding that no matter the situation, one can live free of these burdens. I especially enjoyed this book for the questions and guided prayer provided at the end of each chapter. I didn't realize I still had issues I needed to work through until I pondered some of these questions. After reading this book, I feel I've come away with a better sense of what it takes to live a life free of the burdens that can literally make life miserable. (Memeber of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program @ brb.thomasnelson.com)

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Hanging On By Letting Go

    "I will deliver you."

    Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith speaker, opened her book with these words from God spoken in her spirit. She felt "discouraged and bone weary." Just like so many of us women at so many times in our lives.

    She needed "more peace about the issue." So she began a "quest to study and understand what it means to be delivered."

    A sense of frustration dogged my reading in the beginning because I wanted Sheila to "bleed." I wanted to know exactly what struggle, what issue required deliverance.

    I continued to read in my usual manner with pencil in hand, marking statements that spoke to me or seemed to relate to the theme of letting go.

    Stuff like...
    . Accepting what is enables us to embrace a different future.
    . What should have happened did.
    . When we are unable to forgive or refuse to forgive, we become hostages to the pain of the past.
    . Forgiveness unclenches our fists and allows us to let go.
    . The most difficult person to forgive can be the one we see in the mirror every morning.
    . Resting in the love of God means letting go of all the broken pieces we cling to and clinging instead to him.
    . It's hard to fall off a pedestal when you are washing someone's feet.
    . Guilt tells me I've done something wrong. Shame tells me I am something wrong.
    . If I place my hope in anything or anyone other than Jesus, I will be disappointed.
    And then she bled. She shared the story. And the intense spiritual struggle. And wise words from a child.

    And what seemed disjointed (which is often the way of healing) and all of my markings came together. And carried more meaning.

    Sometimes in order to hang on, we have to let go.

    Thank you, Sheila, for being open and vulnerable. For letting go of the need to protect yourself. We've all been there in some form, and your overcoming gives us hope.

    Member of Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Let Go

    My initial thoughts when beginning to read this book were wondering how a beautiful and talented woman like Sheila Walsh could ever suffer from depression. But she captures us from the beginning and tells us brief segments of her life and of her family. In so doing, she becomes like so many of us, doing the best we can and searching for a better life.

    Ms. Walsh leads us on an inspirational path to bring those of us who have gotten lost along the way, back to God. She also helps us to keep Satan at bay, for he was defeated by Christ, and how to pray for our children and bring them back to God.
    She teaches us to "Let Go" and trust in the Lord, and to build our hope on Christ. She shows us how times can be so dark during a bout of extreme depression, but how our trust in Christ can pull us through and out of the darkness and back into the light.

    A passage that I especially enjoyed was when she said that, "Jesus never minimized sin, but he separated the sinner from the sin that had a hold on her. This means he might not like what you do, but he absolutely, unconditionally adores you yourself."
    She also mentions that, "No one on this planet has to eat alone because Jesus has a table for two with each of our names on it." As a single woman, I find comfort in knowing that I am not eating alone, but sitting at the table with the one who lives me totally and unconditionally.

    Sheila Walsh has a lot to tell you and I recommend that you buy her book and learn how to "Let Go."

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    Let Go by Sheila Walsh

    Let Go is an awesome book and I know God lead me to this book at just the right time in my life. Sheila Walsh is an incredible author and this book draws the reader in so much that you will not want to put the book down. Sheila takes the reader on her journey of how God helped her to let go of all of the things in her life that were weighing her down. As women we can relate with each example the author describes. As women, we are always so busy taking care of everything and everyone else that we often forget to take care of ourselves. We usually are not walking in God's rest that He has provided for us. Sheila helps us to let go of all the things that weigh us down and to walk in complete freedom of Christ's love. So many of us get into routines and then feel that we have to do certain tasks to be a "good" Christian, when the truth is, our Father in heaven just wants to love us and spend time with us. Sheila helps the reader learn how to walk in complete freedom of God's love and to let go of all the other things that entangle us and stress us, even those things we may perceive as "good" Christian duties. Sheila lets the reader know that there is nothing we can do to make God love us any more than he already does or any less. Sheila does a great job of teaching the reader to let go and to live in God's peace and rest and freedom! I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Let Go - Live Free of the Burdens all Women Know by Sheila Walsh

    Sheila Walsh is a prolific author who has penned a number of books for women about how to live in the freedom of God's grace. Her newest book, Let Go: Live Free of the Burdens all Women Know, is another take on how to stop being weighed down by the pain of our pasts, by the uncertainty of our futures, and by the stress and anxiety of our todays. Each chapter begins with a few bible verses and quotes from notable authors, and each ends with questions to ask yourself (or your book group) and a prayer.

    I appreciated that Walsh started each chapter with not just verses, but also contemporary quotes from great men and women of history, it helped put the different topics into perspective for me. I also like that though you could just pick a chapter that deals with what you're dealing with, if you read it from start to finish you are taken on a journey in healing and overcoming. In particular, I love the chapter on shame and guilt ("Shame on you!") which talks about the difference between the conviction of sin (a sense of guilt given by the Holy Spirit and meant to lead us to the cross), and shame (an emotion from Satan that makes us feel as though we are not worthy or valuable to anyone, and that forgiveness is impossible). I also loved the following chapter which clearly articulates how Jesus served as our scapegoat on Calvary - taking our shame and bearing it because he loved you and me. This book is a great read, even for those who feel like they *know* all this stuff, it is a great reminder of how to live like one who has been redeemed.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Practical Steps to Letting Go

    The introduction of "Let Go" captured my attention when Sheila Walsh described hearing the voice of God say - I will deliver you while she looked in the mirror, feeling "discouraged and bone weary". Instantly I could relate and was excited about what this book was going to share. As I read through the first few chapters I realized this was not going to read as a typical Christian self-help book which usually explores a topic and then gives tips on how to overcome. Many of the chapter titles left me guessing about what was going to be explored; "This Dead Religion is Past Its Sell-By Date", "The Trouble with Temptation Is That It's Just So Tempting" and "Shame on You!" are a few.

    Each chapter began with quotes and scriptures related to the chapters topic. Chapters involved various stories from the authors own life and that of others which helped convey biblical truths on how deliverance from various burdens could be obtained. I enjoyed the stories, some were funny, and others sad, but all were thought provoking. The chapters concluded with reflection questions which she called "deliverance discovered" and a "prayer of deliverance".

    I enjoyed the book although I realized my plans to simply read the book from beginning to end in a weekend was not going to work if I used the book in the manner I think the author intended. Although the book is easy to read, it is intended for self-exploration and deep thought in order for true deliverance to take place. I could see this book being used very effectively in a study-group format or during one on one mentoring sessions.

    In conclusion, I enjoyed the book; it has made me see the genre "self-help" in a different light. I would recommend this book for a fresh perspective on how God can deliver a person from every day issues that may weigh them down. It's practical and explores real issues that often go untouched.

    I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program, for more information see: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Let Go: live free of the burdens all women know

    Sheila Walsh's latest book, "Let Go (live free of the burdens all women know)", Thomas Nelson Publishing, ISBN 978-0-8499-0135-5
    When I picked up Sheila Walsh's book, "Let Go (live free of the burdens all women know)", I doubted it would have anything that could possibly pertain to me. After all, I'm a career woman unburdened with the common problems of children, husband, mortgage and laundry screaming to be done.
    But this time, that generalization didn't work. Walsh goes so much deeper than most of the spiritual books on the market today. Once I began reading I didn't want to stop. She hits directly on so many deeper experiences of women, the ones we think no one else could ever imagine or feel and she does so interspersing and illuminating how God involves Himself in each and every one.
    But I still wasn't convinced. And then I got to Chapter Fourteen, "God will prove it's a love story." That chapter struck me to the heart and for once in my life I knew I shared my life and its chapters and experiences with other people and most importantly, shared with God. Walsh effectively demonstrates all the common experiences of women, mostly those we keep hidden and painful. She points out how we are all the same and reinforces our beauty and worth in God's love.
    Walsh ends every chapter with a small, workable steps and prayers that address each discussion directly.
    This is a wonderful, beautiful book which surprised and engaged me directly, personally, and deeply, reminding me that altars are only for God. I recommend this to every woman.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

    Be delivered!

    I read the first chapter and the question at the end of the chapter seemed to speak right to me. I think we all need to be reminded that God loves us, as we are, right now.

    She continues with great news and deep questions through the whole book. She provides the good news of God's grace through faith in Christ. Then she brings out into the open all the fears and burdens that women have. She does a good job of balancing between the very big and very hard issues and the daily and small items that we often think are somehow not part of the big plan. She brings out some serious hardcore sins and tragedies to make sure we understand that while it is very serious and painful it is also still within God's sovereignty. She also does a good job of reminding us that the freedom that comes through God's grace is also there for the fears or shame or frustrations that seem to small (at least to everyone else).

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    A great topic, but lacks organization and flow

    "Let go. Let God." The famous saying populates the church, but what does it really mean? Sheila Walsh attempts to answer this question in her new book Let Go. She covers the various things in life we need to let go of in order to embrace God's grace and blessings: prejudice, anxiety, forgiveness of self and others, self-hatred, past wounds, fear, and lack of purpose. Walsh leads readers into a deeper understanding of key issues including trust in God, finding deliverance, accepting yourself and others, hope, and realizing you are loved.

    This book could go by several different names. True, Walsh covers deep issues, but her points are varied and unorganized. Her book does not flow as well as her previous books. Chapters cover intriguing topics that Walsh manages to slap together with the "let go" theme at the end of every chapter. These topics are certainly applicable to every woman's life, but they are also issues that have been covered in plenty of other books. The themes of Let Go do not coincide with the typical meaning of "let go, let God" saying, either. Walsh's book has no real focus. She could have pulled things together much better if she had just focused on how to let go in hard circumstances and trials, and let God take control.

    Let Go does include reader's materials such as quotes at the beginning of chapters and prayers and questions at the end of chapters. Walsh also starts each chapter off with an applicable story. Her chapters, although lacking in organization and unity, do touch hearts with their touching stories and Biblical examples. Let Go could let go of some of its contents and add more contents that would unify the book, but, in the end, it manages to make itself a worthwhile read.

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