Thursday, October 19, 2017

In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

Walsh wants readers to experience the salvation freedom to be who they were meant to be apart from pain and shame. She invites readers to find healing and strength in the midst of the mess. Walsh has struggled with depression and shares her battle experiences, wrapping the narrative around the death of her mother.

The primary emphasis of this book is an encouragement for us to be truthful. We know how to say the right words so that it appears all is well. Walsh wants us to speak the truth, admitting the pain, revealing the scars. Trying to hide our wounds gives a foothold to fear and shame. Believing lies about ourselves easily leads to a pit of despair. Walsh includes practical suggestions to counter lies, such as Scripture verses to use. She suggests creating a community for support consisting of safe-place sisters who confess to and pray for each other.

Walsh shares her own experiences and through them helps us understand how to find healing and strength. It is a very personal account of struggling, having a mental breakdown when she was 36 years old and being hospitalized. People who know Walsh from her speaking engagements and TV experiences will welcome these personal stories.

Walsh shares the lessons she has learned through her own experiences. Her suggestions have been tried and tested. I recommend this book to women who are ready to deal with the lies and instead walk in the truth. You'll get good encouragement and practical suggestions.

Food for thought: “Raw, honest pain offered to God brings us closer to His heart.” (63)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher and best selling author with more than five million books sold. She is the cohost of Life Today with James and Betty Robison. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and their son. You can find out more at

Thomas Nelson, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary ARC of this book through Handlebar. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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