Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh is the most recent book I received from Nelson publishing to review. In this book Sheila writes about her struggle to face life after being hospitalized for depression. Many of her friends abandoned her afterward and she struggled with figuring out how she could continue to serve God with this following her. Each chapter discusses a different area she had to face and includes anecdotes about how others affected her life and her journey as well as truths about God's view based on Bible sources.
I had no idea who Sheila Walsh was before I read this book, so I had no preconceived opinion of her as a woman or a Christian. From what I read she has done a tremendous job of overcoming what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle to her. The book is easy to read, but I didn't find it very enjoyable. Perhaps because I felt no connection to the author, perhaps because I have had to face a similar battle but didn't have as many of the hang ups about it as she did. It took me a very long time to complete this book because I just felt like the author was talking at me. It felt like an "all about me" type of story.
Now, I am not saying this was a bad book, and I am sure that there are many people out there who would benefit greatly from her words, from knowing how she overcame her fears, how she learned to trust God. I just couldn't relate to her and as a result did not enjoy the book.
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