Book Review: Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God, by Sheila Walsh

In Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God, Sheila Walsh combines teaching on trusting God with her lifelong struggle with fear. She shows how encountering God changes us: our lives become characterized by trust rather than insecurity. Walsh follows the lives of ten Biblical characters (such as Abraham and Joseph) and shows how their lives changed after personally experiencing God’s trustworthy nature.

Walsh’s candor about her own trust issues is endearing; she obviously understands many of the problems women face in following Christ whole-heartedly.

While the book is well-written, I ran into some things that troubled me. The choices of Biblical characters are usually sound; obviously, Abraham trusted God after encountering Him. However, Walsh took some creative liberties when she applied that same reasoning to people who we know little about, such as Tabitha and Anna. It’s sound conjecture to say that they must have been changed, but it’s still conjecture. That’s not a knock: what I don’t care for may be inspiring to another reader.

I also had mixed feelings about the examples from her own life. Her stories of wrestling with crippling depression and insecurity spoke to me; her stories of her son and in-laws didn’t. Again, others may have the opposite reaction.

 The Bible study included at the end of the book is excellent. Women will be challenged to not only read God’s word, but to apply the principles to their emotions and daily lives. That alone is worth the price of the book.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a review on my blog. Check out my link to BookSneeze.com if you would like information on how to get free books to review!

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God, by Sheila Walsh

  1. Thanks for the comment on Chip’s blog, Laura 😉

    Good question, too. My answers:

    1. Chill out at various bookstores (usually independent bookstores have more literary journals available). Read the journals they have, and also find the anthologies. As you are reading through the anthologies (i.e. Best American, Dzanc’s Best of the Web), take note of which stories you like. Then, figure out which journal in which it was published, and look at other journals in which that particular author has been published. You know the drill.

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