Black Cat Book Review
Heart Wide Open by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson has been in church her whole life. As a child she attended with her parents and did all the usual church child things; Sunday school, vacation Bible school, annual revivals, prayer meetings. As a wife and mother she was at church when the doors were open. She was a Church Lady. Then one day she realized she was a hypocrite.
She was doing all the right church things but for the wrong reasons. She was in church because it was what she had always done, it was what was expected of her, it was what Christians do. With this came the knowledge that she wanted more, she wanted to love Jesus whole-heartedly without reservation. But she didn’t know how. Her prayer became “I admit it. I don’t love You like I should, but I want to love You. Help!”
In her book she tells how she came to know Jesus, not just know of Him, but to have her heart beat in tune with His. It’s a choice she made and she shares her journey in this book. With stories of her life she shares the steps she took to know God and to truly love Him. Though the subject could be heavy and burdensome there is a lot of down home humor that shows Tomlinson’s Southern roots. She asks questions and gives the answers she found while encouraging the reader to ask their own questions and find their own answers. At the end of each chapter is a prayer that will help the reader begin their conversation with God as they get to know Him and love Him with all their heart. If you have the church blahs this is a good place to start to turn it around and have a renewal of faith.
Blogging for Books provided this book to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.