Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ.  And so through him the 'Amen' is spoken by us to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 1:20
I needed to read this book.

Readers of this blog  - and those who know me in real life - know that the storms of life have been very real and very hard indeed these last four or five years.   And honestly, there have been a few holes in my spiritual umbrella lately.  So when I was searching my book review website for my next title, this one fairly leaped off the page. 

I read - engulfed it - in one sitting.  Truthfully, I didn't really know who Sheila Walsh was - turns out, she's the author of the popular Gigi series for little girls, and a speaker on the Women of Faith conference team.   Her writing is spot-on biblically:  she takes the reader through a tour of God's promises - roughly categorized into 10 chapters - with powerful Scripture to back up each promise.  (In addition, much to my delight, she includes interesting insights into the text with references to the original Greek structure of the verse or an important note about ancient Hebrew culture at the time of the Scripture's writing.  Good stuff!)

In addition to the main text of the book, the author has included a Bible study appendix, with questions for scriptural study and personal application based on each chapter.  This would be most appropriate for a personal quiet time study, in my opinion - and something I'm hoping to start on myself very soon.

Sheila Walsh has written a powerful, helpful book, with just the right combination of scripture (heavy on that) and personal stories (not overwhelming, and help to emphasize her point).  I was refreshed while reading it, and rejoiced as I felt my own "umbrella" renewed and strengthened not by me or my own efforts, but the timeless, unchanging principles of God.  This book is sure to stay on my shelf to be pulled out for times of refreshing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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