02 June 2014

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


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You believe in God. You’re trying to serve Him. But do you know how to truly love Him — and let Him love you?

As a Bible-believing churchgoer, author Shellie Tomlinson harbored a secret in her good-girl heart. She longed for something more than routine faith; she wanted to love God with a genuine, all-consuming passion. So she got honest with Him: “I admit it. I don’t love you like I should, but I want to love you. Help me!”

In Heart Wide Open, Shellie invites you to answer the call of your restless heart and refuse to settle for anything less than the intimate friendship of God. Through her heartfelt and honest words, you’ll find practical inspiration to help you…

·   exchange your “just enough Jesus” mindset for an all-out pursuit of Him
·   put sizzle in your Bible study by asking God to show you the wonder of His Word
·   trade formulaic devotions for a devoted life

Are you ready to stop struggling to make time for God and instead live every moment with God? Discover how to live with your heart wide open.


Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s Heart Wide Open is definitely an encouraging, thought-provoking read. Tomlinson provides some genuine and passionate insight, gleaned from and highlighted by her own personal experiences. I found many of the topics she addresses – like Bible reading, quiet time and prayer – very relevant for my life, and I am glad she presents the material so accessibly. Though this book is, in many ways, instructional, Tomlinson speaks openly and honestly from her journey of falling in love with Jesus, avoiding any pointing of fingers and condescension. I would recommend Heart Wide Open to those looking for more in their relationship with God. It certainly presents a worthwhile challenge. I thank the Blogging for Books program for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. 

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