Book Review: In the Middle of the Mess

I received this book for free from the publisher in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I knew I had to get a book called In the Middle of the Mess.  I wasn't really even sure what it was about, but the name spoke to me. Plus, I had heard of Sheila Walsh before and was looking forward to reading one of her books.  She apparently has many, many books out there!

I love the way she pours her heart out in this book and is totally authentic.  I've always striven to be totally authentic with you guys.  Back when I was writing a LOT of personal posts, you heard about the good days as well as the days I was struggling.  You've seen me with makeup, without makeup, with my colored hair before I turned gray and now my gray hair.  So, I like it when other people can be totally authentic as well.

Because. . . . . if I'm the only one who's barely holding my stuff together on some days. . . I don't want to feel alone.

There were times in my life when I thought that every mother knew exactly what she was doing.  Every mother had to be better than me.  Then I started going to play groups and I realized we are ALL just getting along the best way we can and NONE of us are perfect.  Boy was that a relief for me.

Sheila says something similar in this book at one point about feeling like she didn't measure up to the other speakers at a conference and when she said so out loud, everyone else admitted that they thought the same thing.  Isn't it funny how we have all of these ideas in our head about how much better everyone else is than us? We're all just a little (or a lot) of our own little hot mess.

The thing is, we all have our strengths and weaknesses and God made us just exactly as he intended to.

Sheila brings to light in this book, her struggle with depression.
Depression can sometimes be one of those things we want to hide from people, especially if we're supposed to be a guiding light for others.  As Christians, a lot of times, we might think that if we're Christian than we shouldn't be feeling depressed or anxious.  We are supposed to have faith and belief that things will be okay. How dare we be depressed when we know the final outcome of this all!  But, we're still human with messy, broken lives.

Sheila shares with us the ways that she deals with her brokenness. Her ways include ~having a friend to confide in and confess to, and ~ pouring your entire heart out to God~~every ugly little detail, and knowing that we're forgiven, not just in the end, but every day, while we're in the middle of our messes and knowing that God loves us just as we are.

Sheila is honest and open in this book and she shares a lot of her life.  She specifically keys in on depression and suicide, but it is a good book for anyone who needs help in the middle of their own messes.   I will be reading this one again.




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