Book Review: The Longing in Me

240_360_book-1919-coverBook: The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God. By Sheila Walsh
Size: 208 pages
Publisher:   Thomas Nelson (April 5, 2016)
My Rating: ****
Non-Fiction, Women’s spiritual growth

Summary: In a vulnerable and honest way, Sheila Walsh shares her story, intertwining it with the life of David. She shows how she found freedom and peace in Jesus. There are ten chapters all beginning with, “The Longing to…” (be chosen, be protected, for control etc.)

My Review:  Growing up in the ’80s, I listened to Sheila Walsh’s music, so I was excited when our summer Bible study decided to use this book. In the last few weeks it has become apparent that no matter our age, our background or our experience as a believer, we can all relate to the truths in this book – we are all a mess, God loves us in our mess, God is the answer for our mess.  If this book resonates with you, I also recommend Dee Brestin’s book, Idol Lies.  Getting to the core reason why we are unfulfilled and unhappy leads to freedom, joy and peace.

Check out the first chapter at, The Longing in Me.  There is a study guide or  a DVD/ Study thumbnail-12guide package.  I would recommend the DVD as a stand alone for use in Bible studies/ small groups.  The material on the DVD follows the book almost word for word.  The DVD only has 6 sessions at 20ish minutes each. The book has 10 chapters so it is more in-depth with the extra 4 chapters.

What I liked:  She didn’t just give her ideas or thoughts, but she always pointed to the truths in the Scriptures.

What I didn’t like:  I felt her story didn’t unfold chronologically, but jumped around- leaving me confused at times.

I would recommend this book to: Women for personal growth or for women’s Bible study as a group. It is not overwhelming, it would be a good fit for new Christ followers looking grow.

Sum it up: Every longing can only be truly fulfilled by God.


*I received this book free from the publisher.  You –  the reader are my first priority. I am committed to giving an honest review to help you decide if the book is a good fit for you.


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