Tuesday, March 20, 2012

God l♥ves broken people

“If I could write only one book in my lifetime,”
Sheila Walsh says, “I would ask God to make it this one.”
God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They're Not
I have said this before...and again. Sheila Walsh is on my list of "hero's" of the faith. Not because she's perfect. Or even that I agree with everything she says. But God's strength was made perfect in her weakness. She courageously shared her battle with depression (in the 90's) when it was not the "cool thing" to do in Christian circles. And while she was receiving public criticism God was using her story to give hope to an unreached and ostracized group of "lepers" in the church.   Warning:  If you have not been broken you may not "get" this book, it is probably not the read for you. (I just read what I wrote and thought, wow, this girl throws out some strong review opinions ☺)  Sheila writes, "It's not that God loves broken people more than those who imagine themselves to be whole - it's simply that they know that they are loved."  If you are a "broken" one, be assured that you are not alone.  Do you know that you are loved? 

2 Corinthians 4:6-10
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”
 made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory
displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay
 to show that this all-surpassing power is from God
and not from us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side,
 but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Sheila’s 2012 Women of Faith messages are built around the concepts in God Loves Broken People. Now you have the opportunity to get a taste of her topic even before the event! The book includes a twelve-section Bible study (one for each chapter) so you can dig into the Word with a group or on your own.
In typical Sheila fashion, she promises not to “offer you a nice, tidy system of belief that heals all wounds, brings out the sunshine, or inspires the angels to thunder the Hallelujah Chorus.” Instead, in twelve stirring, insightful, and deeply revealing chapters, Sheila 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.

I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for the purpose of review.

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