The Longing in Me:
How Everything You Crave
Leads to the Heart of God
Published April 5th 2016
by Thomas Nelson
Do your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.
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."
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Meet the Author:
Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher and bestselling author from Scotland with nearly 5 million books sold, including the popular Gigi: God’s Little Princess children’s line as well as trade books such as The Longing in Me, The Storm Inside, and Loved Back to Life. She was a keynote speaker with Women of Faith for twenty years, focused on transforming women’s lives through the power of God’s Word. Sheila describes her recent book, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter, as being a passion of hers for the rest of her life—till the Lord takes her home or He returns.
I was privileged to not only receive an ARC of this book, but to also be a part of Sheila's influencer team for the book. When I received this book from Sheila I was so excited and dove right in reading, but something happened in the first chapter I suddenly felt like Sheila was having coffee with me while I was reading the book and we were just having a conversation. This book touched me heart and soul.
So I started the book from the beginning again, but this time I started a journal also. The pages were suddenly filling up. I could not contain my thoughts or feelings.
The first thing she explained is that longings are a part of life, not inherently good or evil. We are born with primal longings such as to to be held, to sleep, to be fed and to be be clean and dry. (Anyone who has been around a baby knows these are true.) As adults we have longings to be seen, to be chosen, to be loved and to know that we matter. (Again, as adults if we admit it to ourselves these are true.)
This book is divided into 10 chapters:
-The Longing to be Chosen
-The Longing to be Protected
-The Longing For What Used To Be
-The Longing For Control
-The Longing For Your Rights
-The Longing For That One Thing You Think You Need To Be Happy
-The Longing to Make Everything Right
-The Longing For What Would Glorify God
-The Longing to Share The Grace and Mercy We've Received From God
-The Longing For God Alone
This is a wonderful study and personal growth book. The author opens up and shares a very personal time in her life and the lessons she has learned from Christ. She shares the story of King David, the one God chose to be king of Israel, and how longings have been rooted in man from the beginning of time.
As we delved into the life of David it opened my eyes to both his life and struggles. I learned things that either I had never thought of or didn't know. He suddenly was no longer a biblical reference, but a flesh and blood human just like you and me. He was just a man who made some bad choices and the cost was high, but he turned from his sins and continued seeking the heart of God.
Peace is the one thing we all seek, but how do we find it? Shelia Walsh takes the reader through a journey of enlightenment of how to not only identify our longings, but how to put them on the right path that will draw us closer to God. The book is a little over 200 pages in length and in easy to read language. I could have sat down and finished it in one day, but instead tried to read a chapter a day to give myself time to not only reflect, but also to journal about my thoughts.
This is a book that I not only recommend everyone to buy, but I urge you to read and study it. This is a book that arms you with tools needed when times not only get hard, but also as you are trying to come to terms with a past mistake or wrong decision. This would make a wonderful group study.
**I received this book from the author for a honest review without bias or outside influence. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There is a 144 page study guide and a 6-session DVD available. They can be purchased either separate or as a combination.
In The Longing in Me, Sheila Walsh draws on the story of King David to show how the longings we all share can bring us closer to God and help us understand his incredible love for us. Some of our cravings are misguided, but they all stem from our hunger for God's love and protection. Learn how to get that longing satisfied - the right way. The 6-session DVD and Study Guide are designed to be used in conjunction with one another.