The Longing in Me
by Sheila Walsh
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: April 5, 2016
Source: Review copy from the publisher through BookLook.
Book Description, Modified from BookLook:
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.
The Longing in Me shows how your desires are meant to be fulfilled in God. Each chapter has a theme, like the longing to be chosen, to be protected, or to be in control. The author used examples from her own life and King David's life to show how trying to fill good desires in the wrong way can lead to pain but can lead to freedom and healing when fulfilled in the right way.
She explored what those desires were intended for and how we may try to fill them. She based her advice on what Scripture teaches and shows grace to others as someone who has "been there." The author was open about her own hurts and failures, and she's very encouraging toward the reader. The book is targeted mainly at women, but anyone can benefit from it. I'd recommend this book to people who feel stuck in a cycle of bad choices.
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