Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Heart Wide Open is one of those books where you feel like you've pulled up a chair in the author's kitchen and you're sharing over cups of tea or coffee. The tone is chatty, but deep truth and scripture is handled with care and precision.
It may not be the most groundbreaking book on Christian Living, but the 8 chapters get right down to the nitty-gritty of what it means to live a life devoted to Christ, what that looks like, what it sounds like, and what to do when we (inevitably)mess it up.
I would recommend this book for a ladies' Bible study. There are helpful questions for each chapter (these are located at the end of the book instead of after each chapter as I would prefer, but that's simply a matter of preference) to help you get started.
Here are a few quotes that I copied into my commonplace book:
The practice of acknowledging God and living for Him rather than struggling to be known for our own accomplishments frees us from the need [...]for the world's approval.See? I enjoyed the author's friendly Southern tone (and she can make her readers laugh out loud) but she also doesn't mind stepping on your toes. And that's a good thing.
Everyone feels the occasional need to talk things through with a flesh-and-blood person, but it shouldn't be because we haven't taken or won't take the time to dispose of our feelings correctly by taking them to our Father.
Every word or act we can't forgive is a word or act we are bound to relive, and with each remembrance the bitterness spreads deeper into our souls.
- The Belle of All Things Southern, the author's website
- All Things Southern on Facebook
- About this book: Heart Wide Open
- Read the first chapter: Heart Wide Open Sneak Peak