Friday, May 11, 2012
God Loves Broken People
Half a decade ago, I read Sheila Walsh's excellent book on depression, The Heartache No One Sees. I had never heard of Sheila before (despite her fame as a singer, speaker, and writer), but I was quickly taken in by her transparency, hard-knocks wisdom, and obvious heart for encouragement. Her words were a lifeline to me, and I've admired her ever since. So when her latest book, God Loves Broken People, became available on Booksneeze, I snatched it up.
God Loves Broken People isn't exactly revolutionary, but it's sound and reassuring advice to people who are suffering, enduring trials or disappointments, or are still recovering from past difficulties. The crux of the message is one I've sought out and preached to myself for years now: that the hard things God allows into our lives are never meaningless or arbitrary. Suffering doesn't mean that He doesn't love us, or has abandoned us. He uses our pain to show us His love and provision, help us to grow, and make us more fit for service. Sheila Walsh elaborates on this theme through Scripture, true-life stories, and her own experience.
I often feel that my own emotional and spiritual scars are a liability, or grounds for rejection, but I've already seen proof of what He can do with those scars. I've also learned that pain holds great potential for spiritual growth if we're willing to tap into it. This book reinforced those lessons and provided comfort. I hope it does the same for you!
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