The Longing In Me by Sheila Walsh

I’ve not been shy about sharing with you some of the trials and struggles that our family has gone through. But I’d be remiss if I thought that I was the only one who ever went through trials.  I know that each and every one of us struggles.  Each of these struggles leaving me longing for something more – whether it’s to return to the way things used to be, or for a different future than the one in front of me.

I've not been shy about sharing with you some of the trials and struggles that our family has gone through. But I'd be remiss if I thought that I was the only one who ever went through trials. I know that each and every one of us struggles. Each of these struggles leaving me longing for something more - whether it's to return to the way things used to be, or for a different future than the one in front of me.
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The Longing In Me {Book Description}

The Longing In MeDo 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.

What Will You Do With Your Longings?

In The Longing In Me, Walsh shares with the reader parts of her personal story. She intertwines her story with the story of King David to share how the things we long for can ultimately destroy us if we don’t turn them towards Jesus. It’s a story of finding peace, joy and restoration through Jesus Christ and no one or nothing else.

At times, the story becomes a bit disjointed because Walsh is telling her story as it applies to the ten longings Walsh discerned from King David’s life.  I found the writing to be engaging and it challenged some of my thinking in how I understood King David’s story and how it applies to my own life.  At times, Walsh saw things in the narrative that I had never seen before, but can definitely see in the story now.

While the book didn’t blow me away, it was a helpful look at the things we crave in our life and how God longs to fill those places in our life.  Walsh presents the case for how King David can show us the ways to respond (and sometimes the way not to respond) and gives us someone that we can relate to as a human who makes mistakes just like we do.

Amy

 

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