What do you do during life’s storms? Do you buckle down and wait it out? Take cover? Face them head-on?
Sheila Walsh discusses many of these storms in her new release, The Storm Inside (Thomas Nelson, 2014). Specifically written to women, this book discusses ten common “storms” we often encounter in this age and culture and how to combat the lies those struggles push on us.
“We must not let the temporary way we feel distract us from the personal truth that we all are valuable to our Father.” – quote from inside flap
I love how each chapter is formatted. Sheila starts with a personal story about experience within that particular storm, then defines the storm in more detail and its impact, then discusses biblical stories of that storm. But she doesn’t leave each chapter there. She takes the reader through the storm to a more positive place of growth. The chapters cover heartbreak, disappointment, unforgiveness, shame, regret, fear, insecurity, insignificance, despair, and rage.
Each chapter focuses on one storm and a place of (not easy) recovery. For example, the chapter on regret has a subtitle of “From Regret to Rest.” The chapter on disappointment says, “From Disappointment to Hope.” Each chapter also ends with reflection and action questions, plus a prayer.
In every chapter of this book, I found some statement I related to. Sheila continues to reiterate that we all have value to God, and our feelings do not always determine truth. Her writing is straightforward, but she also uses some unique analogies that keep the reader interested. (Example from page 3: “…as common as rain in Seattle or backpedaling from a politician.”) She tackles real issues with depth, like the church often failing those who are grieving or “deserve” versus “worthy” (one of my favorite sections). She also asks questions along with the reader, like why it often feels like God ignores some prayers but not others. While she doesn’t have all the answers (who here does?), every chapter is very Scripture-based.
This theme expressed on page 40 recurs throughout the book:
“[When we trust God], it’s not that we won’t hear the screeches of the enemy’s lies in the night, but we will refuse to chart our course by them.”
What storms have you faced lately? How do you remember the truth of God’s presence and love?
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