Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book Sneeze Review

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh is part biography, part bible study that explores the importance of trusting in God’s character despite what things look like at the moment. A follow-up to her book, Honestly, Sheila Walsh revisits in stark detail the crushing reality of her battle with depression and the lessons about trust she learned along the path to wholeness. Candid and unflinching, Sheila pulls no punches as she describes her journey of utter despair to unbelievable elation at God’s work in her life. Each chapter is filled with powerful illustrations, stories from her personal struggles, and bible insights taken from the lives of people like Tabitha, Mary and Martha, and Joseph.

Chapter Five, for example, begins with her mother-in-law’s last days in her battle with cancer. With bittersweet humor she recounts the bed-side vigil. Then Sheila moves on to the story of Lazarus in the bible and how his sisters, Mary and Martha, must have watched the horizon expectantly for their friend Jesus to come and heal their beloved brother. Delving into the Greek meaning of some scripture, local customs, and historical fact Sheila makes clear the amazing power of trusting God in spite of obvious defeat.

Surprisingly meaty and full of in-depth teaching, this book delves into the many reasons we don’t trust God and how we can overcome those obstacles. Sheila’s honest and straightforward message hits home on many levels. Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God comes with notes and bible study guide in the back of the book. Short and to the point, Sheila uses a Find, Feel, Follow format that is easy to stick to and very powerful. I would recommend this book for individual or small group study.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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


Linda Glaz said...

Sounds like one I'd love to read.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like one I need to read at some point as well. Thanks! Did you read her book before this one and do the two relate?