The introduction captured me right away. Sheila imagines what she would tell her younger self after all that she has learned and lived. She says the title, “it’s okay not to be okay” are words of victory! She stopped beating herself up trying to live the perfect Christian life, one that Jesus never intended us to live.
Sheila Walsh has been one of my favorite Christian leaders for many, many years. I’ve read most of her books and this one is my favorite. She writes with honesty, openness, and wisdom. And I can’t forget about her humor, which lightens up some of the chapters.
Each chapter ends with “One Step at a Time” which includes simple steps to help us move forward. I found these valuable, relatable and life-changing as I reflected on one or some of the questions.
Sheila leads us through passages of Scripture to help us in trying to understand our suffering and circumstances and heartaches. Her words on page 43, “ When things were going well, I felt that God loved me. When things were hard, I felt alone.” She reminds us that nothing we walk through is wasted with God. He redeems every drop of our suffering.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to live knowing that “It’s okay not to be okay because Jesus has made us right with God.”
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