Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God: Book Review

“So this is a book about trust: how hard it is to trust, how we learn to trust, how we live with trust, and how our lives are transformed by trust.” ~ Sheila Walsh

{Overview}

I was slightly turned off by the title.

For the second book in my book reading challenge I was browsing the available titles in the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program and this one popped out at me; not in a good way.

I thought, “Great, another fluffy book for women that will say a lot without actually saying anything.” I’d never heard of Sheila Walsh and so all I had to go by was the title and the cover. I judged the book by these.

Despite that, I chose to read it. And I got the usual result of judging: I was completely wrong!

{How much?}

Christianbook.com $14.99 (purchase currently includes a free download of her book “Living Fearlessly”)

Amazon.com $14.95

{What’s included}

By relating personal hardships (a battle with depression that led to a month-long stay in a psychiatric ward) and delving into the lives of ten Biblical characters, Sheila Walsh portrays the impact that trusting God in all areas can have on your life, relationships and future.

She has an engaging style of writing that made me eager to read the next chapter, while her genuineness and honesty caused me to feel like I was sitting down talking with a friend. Her intelligence and education showed in her handling of scripture and I found myself looking at passages I’ve studied before in a new light.

There is also a Bible study included with the book that allows you to delve deeper into the subject and look at it from a personal perspective.

{What I Liked}

  • So often devotional books meant for small groups or personal study force you to purchase a separate workbook; this one has the Bible study included in the back of the book. Each chapter has Scriptures to study further and questions to answer that transform the book from just a good read to a catalyst for personal growth.
  • Sheila Walsh has been speaking with Women of Faith for over 10 years and yet her book comes across in a humble, relatable way. She doesn’t shirk away from sharing her fears and doubts, but also shows how God utilized Biblical figures and people in her life to walk her through them.
  • As someone who personally struggles with times of depression, it was refreshing to see a woman who is such a public figure discuss her own battle with it. Sheila addressed the shame, guilt and rejection that so often accompanies depression, but also offered hope for what God has done in her life despite it.

{What I Didn’t Like}

  • I already mentioned that I didn’t really like the title. I don’t know if I would have bought the book if I’d just seen it on the shelf at the bookstore. But, I’m glad that I ignored my initial instinct.
  • I forgot that the Bible study was there until I’d finished the book. I wish that there would have been a reminder or something at the end of each chapter (i.e. “For dig in deeper turn to the Bible study at the back of the book). If I was reading the book in a small group setting, this obviously wouldn’t have happened.

{Verdict}

I really enjoyed reading this book and I now follow Sheila Walsh on Twitter because I want to know more about her. She is genuine. I highly recommend this book and would love to do a woman’s small group with it someday. It isn’t the type of book that will lose its value over time; the truths in it are universal. Go get it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com 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
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5 thoughts on “Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God: Book Review

  1. I am definately going to read this! I loved what you said about thinking this was going to be another fluffy book that says a lot without really saying anything! I have read SO many books like this!

    Trusting God is no easy task! I trust God with the things I am willing to trust Him with..the things I am willing to NOT control myself..which isn’t really trusting at all is it? ;) Looking forward to reading this book!

  2. Love Sheila Walsh. I have been to Women of Faith several times of the years and had the opportunity to hear Sheila’s gut wrenching testimoniest. For just one woman she has been through a lot! Thank you for sharing your book review. I am going to forward it to my friend who is in charge of the women’s ministry at our church.

    • Thanks Regina! I really enjoyed it and I think it would make a great woman’s study. I’m thinking about trying to catch a WoF event next time they’re in the area.

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