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a magnificent book January 13, 2013
God Loves Broken People is a wonderfully rich teaching book. I have just finished reading it a second time and have learned a great deal. Sheila has such a beautiful way of writing using her own experiences that allow the reader to relate to her and apply the spiritual truths provided to their own lives. Thank you, Sheila!
Review by Lois
One broken person reaching out to help other broken people April 27, 2012
'God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They're Not' is basically one hundred and eighty pages of one broken person reaching out to other broken people with words of comfort, scripture, encouragement, insight, warning, and exhortation. Plus another forty-five pages of Bible study and three pages of notes.
Sheila gently brings healing truths for the wounds that the reader may have in his or her life. She does this through personal insight, scripture, and a constant call for the reader to join her in seeing things from God's perspective as shown in the scriptures.
Do we have pain? Yes. It is common to humanity. Pain and/or wounds that seem like they are going to take us out? Yes, even that kind of pain is common. Sheila takes an Introduction and thirteen chapters to show us how to overcome those things that can be overcome and accept those things that God has allowed.
She gives many examples throughout the book to better explain her points and they were all great. Nevertheless there are two examples that stand out the most for me. One being the Chinese woman looking for a mustard seed and what she found instead. The other one was the contrast between the baby Jesus and a baby prince of darkness.
The compassion she has for hurting people is clear throughout the book. Still she brings up concepts that aren't pleasant to embrace, but she works from a biblically solid base for what she says, and she bathes it all in God's fierce love and compassion. I definitely recommend this book to one and all.
Review by Lightatheart
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.
|Publication Date||March 13, 2012|