The Longing In Me
The Longing In Me:How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God is Sheila Walsh's latest book. I'd previously read her book Loved Back To Life and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read The Longing In Me. I also felt like the title spoke to me: I often feel an indeterminate longing inside for different things. I can also relate to craving things that don't truly satisfy you. Ultimately, only God can satisfy all of our longings and cravings, and this is what Sheila imparts in this book. It's based on the story and life of King David, and you can purchase a companion study guide for a deeper study. The book description reads:
"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."
I love how open and honest Sheila is in all of her writing. I appreciate authors who are transparent and don't hide or sugarcoat their own struggles or the trials they've been through in their lives. I think there's a great benefit to being open and honest about ourselves and our lives, flaws and all. Sheila never takes a holier-than-thou tone, but is gentle and introspective. She guides the reader through profound truths and weaves her story in throughout the book, along with the story of the life of King David. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with longing or cravings that are separating you from God. This is a great study to add to your collection.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.