This book hit me kind of hard. There were many, many nuggets of wisdom throughout. Written by Sheila Walsh, this is an author who can drive very important points home in a way that sinks in, but does so without alienating the reader and making you feel judged or condemned.
Taglined “Moving forward one day at a time” this book was full of wisdom and tips to lean into our hard parts in life and really embrace who we are in God.
We’ve all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She shares that when she discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.
In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, Walsh helps women overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way they think about God, themselves, and their everyday lives. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help women move forward one step at a time knowing God will never let them down.
There are many quotable parts of this book, and I wish I could share them all with you, but that wouldn’t be fair to Sheila Walsh because she’d have written a book that no one who read my review will buy, haha.
But here are a few:
“Think about it for a moment. How many times do you feel like you’re not enough? It makes me wonder were we got the idea of what “enough” is.” (p. 22)
“It’s okay not to be okay because we’re not home yet.
It’s okay not to be enough because God doesn’t ask us to be.” (p. 24 — whoa…. this is a point that was hammered home throughout the book and it has the potential to be SO freeing!)
“It might feel more ‘Christian’ not to bring our anger, pain, or disappointment to God, but I believe it’s actually the antithesis of a real relationship with Christ. We become a little less authentic with every experience we bury.” (p. 40)
“We’re not perfect, but we are redeemed, so give yourself a break.” (p. 70)
I won’t quote any more, because most of the profound wisdom I have underlined and have drawn arrows to in the book are more powerful when kept in context of the stories Walsh uses to illustrate her points.
Filled with scriptures, this book will settle into your hurt places, and, if you let it, it might convince you to open yourself up to the idea that it’s ok not to be ok, and we were never meant to be enough.
I encourage you to check this book out. It wiggled its way right into the core of me and whispered soft, comforting words to a heart that needed to hear them.
(As an aside, I read this book a little differently than I’ve read others. I have a long commute and a subscription to unlimited audio books, so I listened to it while driving, but then to really sink in the points, every day when I got home I read through the chapters I’d listened to that day and underlined everything that stuck out. So essentially, I read the book twice. I actually really enjoyed doing it this way because listening to Sheila read this book was like having a deep conversation with a good friend. Plus, her Scottish accent is great fun to listen to!)
Book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Baker Publishing Group.