Thursday, November 30

In the Middle of the Mess: A Book Review

In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

This was my first book by Sheila Walsh, and I picked it up on a whim. She has written a lot - and I mean, a lot - of books. In her newest book, she reveals how her hardened defenses kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and share how she fought against those defenses to open the door for God to reach her heart.

Words cannot fully describe how much I loved this book. It's by far the best book I've read all year, maybe even the best book I've EVER read in the Christian self-help/living category. I can talk about how raw and genuine Sheila writes about the walls we put up and the hard times, not sugar coating a single thing, but I would never be able to accurately describe the depth to which she does this. She takes the feelings of anger, hurt and pain we've all experienced from a close family/friend's death or job situation, or marital disppointment, or chronic illness, or bankruptcy, or whatever painful life circumstance, and pushes aside the classic Christian response "It was God's will" or "it has a purpose" to simply invite the reader to grieve it fully to God, pouring out the very real and very unfiltered emotions to a God who loves us enough to handle any emotion.

It was so good that I devoured it in one sitting, feeling equal parts crying over being welcomed into the inside world of her clinical depreciation and downright encouraged to look into what pain I'm holding back from God (and pulling some tips from her chapters about how to take this to God). So, so, so good.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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