Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: The Heartache No One Sees by Sheila Walsh


Sheila Walsh is quite possibly my very favorite contemporary Christian author/theologian/speaker.  I've been privileged to hear her speak at a Women of Faith conference, but my first real introduction to her was on a Focus on the Family podcast where she discussed being a Christian and struggling with depression (click here to hear the podcast).  I think she's the only Christian speaker/author I've encountered who actually addresses the implications of medical interventions for depression (specifically anti-depressants) for Christians.  In this book, she largely focuses on her own studies in the Bible regarding depression, and where she thinks hope can be found.  Her own story of depression, including a stay in a mental hospital, is told alongside her study of Scripture.

Writing
As I mentioned above, I'm a huge fan of Walsh's.  I think her writing is clear and precise, but also emotional and inspiring.  She manages to blend her personal story with Biblical insights that she clearly backs up with Scripture.  I also applaud her for her honesty in sharing her own story with her audience, particularly when this type of story is not commonly told in conservative Christian circles.

Entertainment Value
This is intended for a pretty specific audience, which I think will have a large impact on whether or not you "enjoy" it.  Obviously, it's intended for a female, Christian audience, specifically one that is dealing with depression, anxiety, or hopelessness.  She addresses both clinical depression and depression that has come from a specific situation.  If you're struggling, I think she's a great author to turn to and this book contained a world of help for me.

Overall
I highly recommend it to those who are struggling in any aspect of life, particularly those who are looking to the Bible for help and to the Christian community for support.

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