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The Longing in Me Lib/E: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God Audio CD – Unabridged, April 26, 2016
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Bestselling author and Bible teacher Sheila Walsh unpacks the deepest longings of a woman's heart and encourages listeners to discover God's relentless pursuit of them through those very longings.
We vowed we'd never repeat the same mistakes-yet we find ourselves right where we started. What is it that keeps drawing us back into the same old traps? The fact is, our longings are built from the blueprint of our 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 us until that hunger is properly satisfied.
If we keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in our own lives, The Longing in Me will help us understand that our cravings are not the problem; it's where they lead us that makes all the difference.
Sheila is a truth-teller, wise counsel, and a force of raw honesty in a harsh world that begs us to be perfect. This book sings of release: from unfair expectations, from my own self-condemnation, and into the arms of Jesus who has no notion of halfway love.-- "Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author"
Sheila Walsh has the uncanny ability to plumb the deepest truths without sounding superficial or preachy. She touches the heart, soothes the soul, and lifts the spirit.-- "Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author"
We share an ache in our hearts, an emptiness in our souls. It's an emptiness only God can fill-Sheila's book taught me that in new and beautiful ways. Now it's your turn.-- "Karen Kingsbury, bestselling author of Brush of Wings"
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.
Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of 2009.
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1504703480
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504703482
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 6.25 inches
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When I first saw the title of the book, I admit I thought it would be an interesting read but maybe not hit where I'm at right now. Knowing it was written by Sheila Walsh made me want to pick it up. I was given a digital copy from the publisher, but not required to write a review. The book opened my eyes so much that I bought a physical copy at my own expense. It touched places of hurt that I didn't know were there. It gently made me want to let go of areas I knew I needed to in order for God to bring something so much better.
I've read many of Sheila's books, and this one is so open & so raw that at times my heart broke for her and what she has faced. She doesn't just draw on parts of her life from years ago, she's open about current struggles too. She opens up about things she's never talked about before. She weaves the story of David in with examples of her life so as readers we can see them apply to us. She also give accurate context of scripture so some things make much more sense than they once did. (Do you really know how tall Goliath was? Why does it matter so much? You'll have to read to find out.)
David is no longer just a shepherd, turned giant slayer, turned king to me. He's real. He had hurts, he made grave mistakes, and yet he was called a man after God's own heart.
This is a book I know I will be reading again because there is so much to take in. I've both been made aware of longings I never knew existed and received peace & healing that can only come from God. This is a book full of treasures.
This is a very personal and revealing book that is very readable. Sheila writes as she talks; I could even hear her Scottish accent as I read. As I found when I listened to her, her writing style quickly draws you in to her story and as a reader you're soon cheering her on. Sheila reveals some very deep matters within her heart, from her childhood, her first marriage and to recent challenges with her husband, Barry.
Sheila covers 10 topics that she's grappled with, many of which are very relevant to men, as evidenced by the association to David's life. To name a handful: Longing to be Protected, for Control, for your Rights and the one That One Thing You Think You Need to be Happy. I liked the parallel with David's life and there were some key lessons to be learnt, especially David's absolute belief in the goodness and faithfulness of God as well as his understanding of grace.
The book leads up to the final chapter - "The Longing for God Alone"! As Sheila outlines all of our longings ultimately are after God. She uses the three parables from Luke 15 to highlight God's great love for each one of us. As David says in 2 Samuel 22:20, " He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me." Each one of the three parallels demonstrate the delight the Father has for each of us. And what's more, He invites us to delight in Him.
It's in the daily delighting in God and being delighted upon where we find true peace and our purpose for being. I'm only now beginning to appreciate what this means.
I also completed the video series and accompanying study guide which was separate to this book and found both an excellent way of consolidating the key takeaways of Sheila's book.
Recommended. It would be a very good resource (with the videos and study guide) to experience in a group.
The Longing In Me is the book for any woman who is ready to make a change in their lives and let God lead you. Sheila is open and honest about the trials in her life and intertwines her story with the story of King David. This book is for those women who find themselves going in circles, making the same mistakes over and over again, and whose looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. Sheila dives in and gives an accurate account of scripture and goes in details with the story of David.
I constantly find myself making the same mistakes over and over again and keep asking why do I this? Simply put, I’m not trusting God enough. I know I can change this with the help from a God who loves me. This book is a life changer and I highly recommend it to anyone who is ready to change. Change is hard but you don’t have to do it alone!!
"I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own."