Friday 9 November 2018

Book Review: It's Okay Not to Be Okay

From The Back:

When Sheila Walsh discovered "I'm not good enough and I'm good with that," everything started to change.We've all experienced that moment when we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila wants you to face the pain head-on and then start again, from right where you are.

In It's Okay Not to Be Okay, she helps you overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help you move forward one step at a time, knowing God will never let you down.

It's never too late to start again . . . and there is healing and freedom in just taking the first step.

Not self-help. God help.
My Reflections: I have been in love with Sheila Walsh's stories and humour since I was a young mom and attending the "Women of Faith" Conferences in Vancouver. Her honest, heartfelt way draws people in making them privy to her heart, leading them to God in the process. 

Her newest book It's "Okay Not to Be Okay" delves in deeper, Walsh leads her readers to the truth, not merely fluffy feel-good platitudes. Hope and encouragement ring loud in this book making this a fantastic read for all women in all stages of life. 
Be prepared to laugh, cry and evaluate your life and the lens you view it through. I so love how God works in our lives, he always pairs something he is trying to convey with an affirmation. Our sermon this Sunday was about the measuring stick we use to judge our expectations and life through. This sermon hit some of the same themes of this book, love how God hit's his mark!

I enjoyed that Walsh peppers her chapters with real-life stories, practical applications to her teaching and lots of scripture to soak in. I usually can get through a book in one or two days, I'm a fast reader who digs in and absorbs the pages, however, this one took me much longer as I re-read and jotted key facts down. I will most certainly be returning to this book again and again, as it is too packed to leave for just one sitting. 

If you are looking to grow in your faith, challenge your views and expectations this book gives you the roadmap to break free from the pressures of the world's expectations. Be ready to be shaken and encouraged. 
The title of this book has become a "thing" in our house, my kids often say, "mom, it's okay not to be Okay"! 
I hope to read more books by Walsh in the future. I pray it has the same effect on you as it has had on me, one book, one sermon at a time God uses everything to get our attention and grow us to the person we will one day become.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess and In the Middle of the Mess. She is cohost of LIFE...
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