The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh: A Book Review

_140_245_Book.1919.coverDo your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.

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.

My Review: This was my first time reading a book by Sheila Walsh, but I have had the opportunity to hear her speak on several occasions and I’ve always been touched by her openness, honesty and humility. These qualities definitely translate well in her latest book.

The Longing in Me is a book about all of us. We all crave things in this life and many times those cravings lead us down dangerous roads with hard consequences. This book weaves together bits of personal experience from Sheila’s life and the well known stories from David’s.

It reminds us that we all stumble and fall. We all become misguided in our steps. We all follow things that lead us down wrong paths. We are all broken people in need of a savior.

I love the honesty in this book. Sheila bravely shares some of her most intimate life struggles with us so that we can know that we aren’t alone in our battles. Sometimes we think that we are the only ones who mess up. The only ones who are weak, broken and flawed. This book is such a great reminder that we are not alone. David, known as a man after God’s own heart, stumbled and fell many times, in many ways, yet he still belonged to God.

At the heart of all of us, is a longing that can only be filled by God. No matter what your story is, or mine, ultimately we need him to fill us. Nothing else can heal our brokenness, mend our shattered hearts or redeem our situations.

Excellent book, and highly recommended read.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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