Book Review: Let Go, by Sheila Walsh

The publisher's website says, in part, the following about this book:

“In Let Go, the bestselling author and speaker [Sheila Walsh] walks readers through the journey to freedom in Christ. Along the way, she tackles some of the toughest struggles that weigh women down, answering them with overwhelming truth, promise, and hope.

You can lay down your burdens. You can rest. You can find peace. You can live free.

Start here. Let Go. And see what God can do.”

I received my review copy of this book at a time when I was pondering some issues in my life, feeling weighed down with burdens I'm trying to carry for myself and others. I sat down to read this book Saturday morning; the tears started in the first chapter and continued through to the end on Sunday.

Using a mixture of scripture, quotes from heroes of the faith, parables, and intensely personal stories from her own life, Sheila Walsh has written a loving letter to each woman who reads this book, full of encouragement and hope. Every woman — every person — who struggles with burdens from a troubled past, a difficult present, or an uncertain future will find help in this book.

I still am trying to wrap my mind around the point Walsh makes at the end of a discussion of the story of Hagar, the slave girl who bore Abraham's first child and was sent into the desert to die with her young son. Instead of death, Hagar met an angel who introduced her to God, whom she called El Roi: the God who sees. Speaking of Hagar, Walsh points out that “She was left by this world to die — but she was not forgotten by heaven. The God who sees never took his eyes off Hagar.

“And he never takes his eyes off you.”

The God who sees never takes his eyes off me. That thought alone is worth the price of this well written book. I highly recommend it.