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Let Go Paperback – Feb 14 2011
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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.
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Men need this freedom too, but Let Go is a woman-to-woman book. Each chapter opens with brief quotes and a contemporary parable. Sheila Walsh shares her personal experiences as well as teaching from Scripture. Chapters end with a few questions for discussion or private contemplation, and with a prayer.
Initially I feared this would be a lightweight overview of complex issues, but I needn't have worried. Sheila introduces each element with a gentle touch and goes deeper in successive chapters. This is a good way to approach touchy subjects like hurt and shame that we may have to chew on a while.
Sheila's music has blessed me for maybe 30 years now, and a recurring theme is that God loves each of us -- more than we can imagine -- no matter who we are or what we've done.
This is the message at the heart of Let Go. Sheila writes, "God's love for us is based on who he is. This truth can change our lives if we are able to receive it." (p. 172)
Sheila Walsh's transparency and her heart for God make her a woman He can use to touch others. Let Go is an encouraging book that's well worth reading. You can read the opening chapter of Let Go [...]
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Happily, I enjoyed the book and found much in it that I will need to think about and continue to apply to my own life. I found her to be an easy writer to read. Her style is warm and comfortable, almost like a conversation over a cup of coffee. Her topic is not always warm and comfortable. There are things to make you think and concepts to wrestle with and these apply whether you are a single or married woman.
What I liked most about the book is that she doesn't try to give easy answers. This isn't a how-to book. I think it's more of a theology of freedom and deliverance. From it we learn what God can do, how He accomplished it in the life of the writer and her family and how He will continue to accomplish it until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6).
If you are a woman who is burdened by life, this book will give you the tools to find freedom in Christ.
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The aspect of this book that I enjoyed most is how the author teaches you to acccept yourself. She says that "sometimes the person that is hardest to forgive is the person you see in the mirror." That was a lesson she learned after ministering to women in prison. She goes on to talk about self-hatred, self-forgiveness, and lifting the burden of guilt.
The author seeks to bring the concept of being delivered from burdens into today's real-life situations. Some of the topics that are discussed are self-confidence, guilt, shame, and temptation. She touches briefly on addictions (to food, shopping), getting psychological help (her own admission to a hospital), and maturing in faith.
The book is written for Protestant Christian women and relies heavily on quotations from Scripture to illustrate points. She uses both traditional translations and contemporary translations (from The Message). Each chapter contains pertinent stories from life, applicable Scripture passages, quotes from famous people, questions for reflection and a suggested prayer for the chapter. This book is suitable for personal or group use.
Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith speaker, opened her book with these words from God spoken in her spirit. She felt "discouraged and bone weary." Just like so many of us women at so many times in our lives.
She needed "more peace about the issue." So she began a "quest to study and understand what it means to be delivered."
A sense of frustration dogged my reading in the beginning because I wanted Sheila to "bleed." I wanted to know exactly what struggle, what issue required deliverance.
I continued to read in my usual manner with pencil in hand, marking statements that spoke to me or seemed to relate to the theme of letting go.
* Accepting what is enables us to embrace a different future.
* What should have happened did.
* When we are unable to forgive or refuse to forgive, we become hostages to the pain of the past.
* Forgiveness unclenches our fists and allows us to let go.
* The most difficult person to forgive can be the one we see in the mirror every morning.
* Resting in the love of God means letting go of all the broken pieces we cling to and clinging instead to him.
* It's hard to fall off a pedestal when you are washing someone's feet.
* Guilt tells me I've done something wrong. Shame tells me I am something wrong.
* If I place my hope in anything or anyone other than Jesus, I will be disappointed.
And then she bled. She shared the story. And the intense spiritual struggle. And wise words from a child.
And what seemed disjointed (which is often the way of healing) and all of my markings came together. And carried more meaning.
Sometimes in order to hang on, we have to let go.
Thank you, Sheila, for being open and vulnerable. For letting go of the need to protect yourself. We've all been there in some form, and your overcoming gives us hope.
This book would be very suitable for a woman's group study or devotional. There are ponder points at the end of each chapter. They would make great discussion topics for any women's group.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "When we are satiated with God's grace, it is much easier to extend grace to other's, but, when we are on starvation rations ourselves we have little to spare." This is just one of the many common sense approaches the author shares with the reader. This book earns 5 stars as I feel the author does exactly what the title implies.
A sample of the chapter titles are: This dead religion is past its sell-by date, living in the past, look at the view ahead!, the trap of unforgiveness, You are you for a reason, a long-awaited deliverance.
Story after story the author shows the reader that if we "let go" that God will hold 100 percent true to his word and deliver us.