I am so blessed to have been able to read Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s book, “Heart Wide Open, Trading Mundane Faith For An Exuberant Life With Jesus”. Shellie easily accomplishes her mission of showing the reader how to stop struggling to spend time with God, and instead pursue an intimate relationship with Him based simply on His unconditional love for us. A key thought throughout the book is a reminder to the reader to rest in the knowledge that we can only love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). It is impressive how seamlessly Shellie intertwines relevant Scriptures throughout the book. This gives her words credence and truth for the reader. It is always good to be reminded of how the Bible reveals a God who summons us to come to Him only on the basis of faith in His promises, not on our ability to be good. Shellie tells us that she had always been a committed Church attender, but realized she was missing real desire for God. As I read through the pages of this book, I also came to realize how easy it is to drift away from a deep love for God and his Word.
Shellie helps you, step by step, open up your heart to God’s amazing love for us and shows you how you can fire up your love for Him. It has certainly given me the encouragement I need to seek out a deeper love for God and His Word.
There are prayers at the end of every chapter and a Bible Study and Discussion Guide at the back of the book for you to use on your own or with a group.
If you want to love God deeper and more intimately than you ever dreamed possible, you owe it to yourself to give this book a read.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books, in return for my honest review.