Saturday, December 29, 2012
Review: Heal My Heart, Lord by Emilie Barnes
Synopsis: Brimming with optimism and trust, Heal My Heart, Lord pours out a message of hope and assures women they can bring their needs to God and He will provide. Bestselling author Emilie Barnes leads women to quietness and peace through heartwarming chapters that focus on God’s remedies for difficult situations and offer words of encouragement to everyone facing difficult times.
This uplifting collection of compassionate meditations offers the gentle reminder that it is precisely during times when “the valley of the shadow” seems too long to endure that we come to know the abundant reality of God’s presence.
A treasured addition to any woman’s library or a thoughtful gift to a friend seeking to trust God and rest in His embrace.
My thoughts: A friend of mine let me borrow this after my heart was broken a few months ago by the man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. I was betrayed. I was very angry and hurt. This book was given to me so that I could let go of my hurt and begin to heal. In fact, I actually read the whole book and enjoyed it! Why is that surprising? Well, I am not a big fan of Christian books. I don't like reading things that are too preachy or too pushy or closed-minded. Though this book had some of these things, they weren't enough to make me stop reading it. Emilie Barnes actually gave some good advice.
I really enjoyed the chapter on forgiveness. It opened up my eyes to many things. For example, it's okay not to let go of things completely but it's not okay to let these things hinder us from growing. Also, we sometimes need to be forgiven and it's not easy. One of my favorite quotes was, "If you've asked the Lord for forgiveness, he has forgiven you. So maybe what you need now is not forgiveness, but the grace to live with the consequences of your actions."
Now, towards the last half of the book became too preachy for me. The author also showed how closed-minded she was when it came to her daughter's divorce. These two factors didn't let me enjoy the ending as much. Other than that, I did like the book. I give it: