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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh - Book Review

From the back cover copy: "Do you ever question God's ability to catch you when you fall? Do shame, fear, and brokenness keep you from fully trusting God? Do you secretly believe your dreams are unreachable?  You are not alone!  This is a book about trust."

In her latest book, Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God, Sheila Walsh once again shares her heart's struggles with us so transparently. Sheila gives us examples from the lives of Biblical characters, peppering each chapter with illustrations from her own life and the lives of others. In spite of life's overwhelming circumstances, encountering Christ with a trusting heart "sets beautiful things in motion," Sheila reminds us.

I love the way in which Sheila delves into the Biblical accounts of ten people, (Tabitha, Paul, David, Joseph, Gideon, Abraham, Samson, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Anna), showing us their trusting responses.  The truths that this book highlights bring hope, encouragement and purpose to our lives.  Sheila includes a discussion guide for book clubs, as well as an in-depth Bible study filled with challenging questions.

In the introduction, Sheila recounts how she and her sister would swing in the park.  She trusted her mother to push her.  One day, her sister was pushing her, but then got tired.  The neighbourhood bully came along and began pushing her swing.  She didn't trust him, and was terrified.  She said "when trust was absent, the swing turned into a nightmare. Who was pushing the swing made all the difference in the world.  The heart behind the hands pushing the swing changed everything."  Sheila shows us through her book that we can indeed trust the heart behind the hands, when it is God calling us to trust Him.

Sheila Walsh is a speaker with Women Of Faith, and has writtn many books.  She lives in Texas with husband, Barry and son, Christian.  Follow Sheila at twitter.com/sheilawalsh or on facebook.com/sheilawalshconnects.

Pick up a copy of Sheila's book at your favorite bookstore, or order through http://www.amazon.com/ or http://www.christianbooks.com/

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book for review purposes.

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