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The Heartache No One Sees by Sheila Walsh

January 20, 2010

Last night I was having a hard time sleeping so I finished the book “The Heartache No One Sees” by Sheila Walsh. This was an awesome book. Through the book Sheila opens up her own life to illustrate to us the points she is trying to get across. I have always appreciated her honesty. After each chapter is a number of questions for application as well as a study guide in the back of the book. The book is broken down into 3 major sections: 1. Heartache, 2. Warfare & 3. Community. Part 1 Heartache: We all know that this world can be cruel and has a way of shattering our dreams. This part addresses the hurts & shame that we carry with us. In todays day in age we tend to isolate ourselves and put on that mask that tells everyone that we are fine even when we are dying inside. Sheila talks about things that can put us in these situations and the lies that we believe. She also addresses the questions of if God really loved us why do bad things happen to us??  Sheila shows us that just because we are suffering, that doesn’t mean God has stopped loving us. Part 2 Warfare: In this section Sheila shows us that our battle isn’t against flesh and blood but against the devil. We need to be ready for battle and be on our guard every single minute because he is looking and waiting for ways to bring us down.  In her chapter “Dressed To Kill“. Sheila talks walks us through the whole armor of God as found in Ephesians 6. It was a good reminder to me. When I was in YWAM, I used to pray the armor of God over my body every morning in my quite time. Sometime ago for whatever reason I stopped and have completely forgotten about it. It is something I need to continue and we all should do. We need that protection each day if we are going to live for God and resist the enemy. Part 3 Community: Sheila uses this section to wake us up from our slumber and selfishness and get us investing into the lives of others. It is so important and something we in todays day and age have lost. I love community and I love the interaction but I must admit that I am selfish and times and don’t want to get into other people’s messy lives and yet that is what we were created for. We are so quick to judge and we need to be quick to offer love and grace to people. “Lord, change my heart“. Sheila says if we truly want to live the way Jesus calls us to then we need to selflessly give our lives away for others. One point that I found facinating is in chapter 15 “A Church Divided On Healing” It is the Church’s responsablity to be a healing community, bathed in grace and love, unbinding one another so that we can walk. This is so timely. At my church, New Song Christian Fellowship, last Sunday we were talking about this and how we need to be investing in the lives of those around us. We get so caught up in our hurt and pain and pull away from people. And instead of being united (as we are suppose to be) there are big gaps where people have pulled away from each other. No wonder Satan has such a foot hold. We are offering him wide gaps through which to enter! Sheila’s closing thought and the theme through out the book is Don’t Hid Your Heart”! Funny as that was the title track from her grammy nominated album in 1985. Part of the song gose: “If I tried to reach you, would you turn away and don’t hide your heart tonight. Where do you go when you’re alone and dose that smile remain on your face? Don’t hide your heart I know it hurts but here is love that can heal.” Those lyrics are just as powerful today as they where when they where written. It is a great song. This book was a great read and I would recommend it to all.

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