Sunday, March 9, 2014

Heart Wide Open

Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

I received an advance review copy from the author. Publication date: March 18, 2014

My review:

In a departure from her humorous works, Shellie Tomlinson shares her spiritual journey with readers in Heart Wide Open. There is still plenty of humor, but Shellie uses it to encourage other women who do all of the "right things"-- church attendance, Bible study, morning quiet time-- and still find themselves lacking a zest for life with Jesus.

Never preachy and always comforting, Shellie shares how she has fallen in love with God and how her sisters in Christ can, too. The folksy Southern tone that she uses in her radio show and in her two humor books is still there, but it's toned way down and should not be off-putting for most readers.

Shellie urges us all to find real joy in our relationship with God by relying fully on His grace. Her excitement for the topic is infectious, and readers who have been "beaten with a Bible" will find plenty of love, acceptance, and hope in these pages. Highly recommended for church libraries and Christians who want a relationship with their Savior instead of transactional interactions.

Stars: 5