I’ve read several of Sheila Walsh’s books by now and thought I knew most of her story, but her new book, The Longing in Me, is even more open and honest about where our cravings can take us when we look for fulfillment in the wrong places.
She weaves her own story in with the account of King David in Scripture and covers longings such as: The longing to be chosen, to be protected, for what used to be, for control, for your rights, etc. Interestingly, she didn’t choose to focus on what we typically consider ‘cravings,’ and extended this list to include some of the eternal longings God Himself placed within us, like “the longing for what would glorify God or the longing to share the grace and mercy we’ve received from God, and the longing for God alone.”
This book would work well for an individual read or for Book club to discuss. It does not include a study guide or discussion questions, so small groups would probably want to use the separate study guide instead.
This is one book that I read quickly because it drew me in, but it really deserves a slower re-read to let her points sink in. I loved that even after reading or hearing lots of lessons on David’s life, I learned some fresh insights. Ultimately, the message Sheila drives home is that of grace: “He rescued us because He delights in us, not because we got it right and not because we got it wrong. SImply because He delights in us and invites us to delight in Him.”
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