Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

A Life Preserving Read… The First!

Here it is! My first book review.

How many times have we exhausted ourselves trying to be perfect? How many of us are suffocating behind the mask we don every time we think people need to see some Super version of us?

This is the first book I wanted to review because I myself related to the mind-set explored in Sheila Walsh’s book “I’m Not Wonder Woman; But God Made Me Wonderful”, published by Thomas Nelson, and part of the Women Of Faith series.

Wonder Woman
Walsh, herself, lives with depression, and is in the public eye most days out of the year, teaching, performing, and speaking to thousands of women around the world.
This book will strike a chord with ANYONE who struggles to appear to be the whole package 24/7.  The Super Mom especially, in her flawless uniform. The super cape, the boots, all of it.

And the masks we wear… she debunks the mystery behind them all, the way we exhaust ourselves trying to be it all, and do it all, the parts of our pasts we don’t understand, or come to grips with, and cause us to be something we’re not. Instead Walsh takes us back to the very beginning, and shows us how the things we FEEL affect what we DO. Things like:

Fear
Depression
Disappointment
Anxiety
Failure
Busyness
Poor choices
Independence

Most authors will insert these “happy ending” true life examples to help boost the point they’re trying to make… makes them look knowledgeable,  makes them look like their opinions have ample back-up. But Sheila doesn’t do that. The book is filled with examples that look like everyone else’s in the real world. Some are heartbreaking, some are victorious, some are pretty humorous, some are her own and she holds nothing back.

In other words, she connects with you as a writer because she includes life’s grit. She includes honesty. Very much-needed in a book about being real and casting aside the super hero mentality that everyone seems to think is the only way you have any worth. And when authors are real, you bring your readers own denials or walls down too.

For me, her message is important for someone with depression, and is a believer to boot… in the church, we seem to heap further expectations on ourselves when it’s very clear we’re still human, and instead of putting on a big front of perfection, we need to connect in the midst of our frailty.
It makes room for the Savior to work on our behalf, in ways we’re incapable of… we have to acknowledge our imperfections and weaknesses and messes and reality, and when we do, we’re finally ready for the real Super Hero… as someone with depression, expectation can cripple, and Walsh defines the only expectation that counts. Living the life you are capable of, with God at your side, fighting all those battles for you.

Desperation leads to magnificent opportunity for the One who knows us best to mold and shape us to actually endure, and persevere.

We’re not built to be mighty conquerors. We’re built to be vessels.

This is possibly the biggest take-away from Walsh’s book. Letting go of the cape and boots mentality, and letting a Super God use you to accomplish what really matters.

Oh, how this takes the burden off of someone with depression to simply live, get better, give themselves time, and know that the whole time God is not limited by what He can pour into you. You are valuable no matter what!

*I am not being reimbursed for my thoughts here today, I just wanted to share a Life Preserving Read that touched me personally this month, and might be what you need in the days and months to come.

If you read this book, come back and share your review in the comments sections!

Next book will be a little better suited to the male population of readers 😉 So stay tuned!

1 Comment

  1. Marie Bilston

    July 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Yes, Christine, what a great read it was for me also. She’s been there, done that! I highly recommend it.

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