The Longing in Me…. a book review (ish)
I teamed up with a blog tour featuring The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads You to the Heart of God by Sheila Walk.
The tag line is what caught my eye, how everything you crave leads you to the heart of God.
Most of us think our cravings are evil; and, therefore to be avoided at all costs. When you hear the word craving, desire, or longing – trashy romance novels or late night snacks may come to mind.
In The Longing in Me, Sheila Walsh’s transparency invites her readers to join her on discovery about longings. She discusses candidly how longings actually point you to the heart of God. Weaving together her personal story with a fresh perspective of the story of David. Explaining we long for things such as to be chosen, protected, and the way things “used to be.”
I’ve always been fascinated with the duality of desire and craving. Scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. Our desires are what produces cravings. When we spend time with God, these desires are healthy and fulfilled in life giving ways.
Sheila tells of past mistakes and hardships resulting in rich wisdom and insight. I love this nugget about timing, “When God places a desire in our hearts, we need to trust Him for the ‘when.’ If God has something for you, He will never be too late or too early, just perfectly on time.” Or this own about obsessing (ahem…totally do this all the time) “Pay attention when you find yourself obsessing over one thing. It usually means you are treading on dangerous ground, losing perspective, grabbing at control”.
I love reading, y’all know that. With each author, I feel a different type of connection and relationship. Sheila is that awesome aunt. Whenever you see her, you know you are going to get a warm hug, a word of encouragement, and maybe even a challenge. The Longing in Me gives you that encouragement, wisdom and counsel releasing you from unrealistic expectations and confusion about the cravings that reside deep within your soul.
If you want to grow in your relationship with God or discover about why you crave after things (probably leading to some destructive behaviors), I invite you to read this book. Here’s a link to pick up a copy for yourself or women’s bible study.
Blessings to you,
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