The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God by Sheila Walsh
About this book: (from the publisher) You vowed you’d never repeat the same mistakes—yet you find yourself right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back into the same old traps? The fact is, your longings are built from the blueprint of your needs: for protection, for love, for God. And those needs aren’t going anywhere.
Sheila speaks candidly about the trials in her life, including the heartache of her first marriage, and intertwines her story with the biblical saga of King David. As both Sheila’s and David’s stories make clear, some cravings are misguided, but they all stem from the same hunger—and they will haunt you until that hunger gets satisfied properly.
If you keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in your own life, The Longing in Me will help you understand that your cravings are not the problem. It’s where they lead you that makes all the difference.
About the author: Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than five million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, Peace for Today, Loved Back to Life, The Storm Inside, Five Minutes with Jesus and The Longing in Me. She is cohost of Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Sheila lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian. Connect with her online at SheilaWalsh.com.
Genre: Non-fiction/Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
Reminds me of: I Want it All by Gwen Smith
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Reflection: Is this where I confess to never having read a Sheila Walsh book before? Considering that hers have sold in the multi-millions and I’ve been reading books of this ilk for eons, I feel that takes some doing. Let me hasten to add that my neglect has not been intentional, not at all. It’s simply that her books have somehow never happened my way. But now I’m happy to say I’ve rectified that neglect and have tucked my first Sheila Walsh book under my belt.
I found her writing to be engaging, conversational, and personable, though I suspect her style might be more appealing to the forties and fifties crowd than the twenties and thirties. From page one, I was drawn into her personal story, which kept me hooked until the end as I really wanted to know how her story turned out. She’s very respectful of others’ privacy while quite transparent about her own life, giving enough detail to convey authenticity and relevance. Her story spools out gradually, and along the way, she weaves in the parallel course of King David’s tale (along with an interesting sprinkling of tidbits from celebrity lives whose paths intersect with hers).
Three chapters in particular hit me in exactly the right place, three days in a row — boom, boom, boom. (That ever happen to you?) These were: The Longing for Control, The Longing for Your Rights, The Longing for That One Thing You Think You Need to Make You Happy. First of all, I found comfort in knowing I am not alone in these struggles (as the enemy would so often have me believe). Walsh’s teaching also gave me a fresh way to understand my current challenges, and a way to move forward with strengthened hope and faith.
I gleaned a new understanding of David’s story, facts and truths I’d never known before — and therefore new illumination into my own life and how to do things differently…better. Using her own story and David’s as her vehicle, Walsh addresses the issue of longing that is present in every woman’s soul in a deeply personal way.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: Having been now exposed to Sheila Walsh’s lovely, soft Scottish accent, I was curious to see whether her book is available in audio, and if so, if she narrates it herself. I discovered that yes, it is available in audio, but no, she does not narrate it herself. Instead, another favorite author does — Karen White (whose latest, Flight Patterns, I’m scheduled to review next month). Who knew?