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Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus
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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 l... Read More

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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 this book, Shellie invites you to answer the call of your restless heart and refuse to settle for anything less than the intimate friendship of God.

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • UPC: 9780307731937
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 197
  • Publish Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "REL012130"
  • ISBN: 0307731936

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Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/16/14
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I first fell in love with Shellie's work through her first two books, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On and Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy! Those two books just tickled my funny bone. But let me tell you, Heart Wide Open struck a nerve.

This book is written for those of us who grew up with not only Vacation Bible School but Backyard Bible Club. If you could do a sword drill in your sleep or recite the books of the Bible in perfect order or sing all the verses from hymn after hymn from memory, this book is probably written for you.

It's written for those of us who fell deeply in love with Jesus as a child but somewhere along the line that love of all things Jesus began to fade. The tyranny of the urgent began to replace what was important, which is our very relationship with Jesus. We entered that awkward Jr. High era that took our eyes off of Him and put them on him. Then before we knew it we were young mommas with a growing family and all our efforts were directed there. We still love to say and sing "Oh how I love Jesus!" but do we really? Or in the words of Shellie, do we just want to want to love Jesus? The good news is that Jesus promises that He'll take that want to and turn it into a need to.

In fact Shellie talks about how He will take all of those failed Christian rituals of ours like, daily Bible reading and devotions, prayer time, and faith and breathe fresh life into them. The secret is admitting we need the help in the first place. Instead of hiding our lackluster feelings like Adam and Eve in the garden, we just need to get naked before God and cry out "Help me!"

I have to be honest and say that until I read this book I hadn't really realized how apathetic I had become. But as I turned page after page I continued to think, "Yep! That's describes me to a T." The good news is that Shelllie also points out the simple fix . . . Jesus! So if you are longing for a deeper relationship with Christ, pick this book up and let Him pry your heart wide open. Trust me . . . you won't regret it!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

how to move from mundane to out-of-the-ordinary faith by Laura Langley on 3/28/14
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Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's new book, Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life With Jesus promises to be a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for more than just a routine faith. Through personal stories and Scripture-based principles, she leads readers to let go of a comfortable, mundane life in order to embrace a life that pursues Jesus.

Tomlinson's honesty and transparency coupled with her southern charm make for a fun, but challenging read. She leads readers through a variety of topics, giving sample prayers to pray, saying that there's nothing magical in the prayers, but it's the heart attitude to which God responds. She includes prayers like, "Jesus, I know I don't love You like I should, but I want to love You" and "Lord, teach me how to live devoted beyond my daily devotional."

Chapters include:
When All You Can Bring Him is Broken Want-To
Courage for Us Not-So-Super Saints
I Suppose Cliff Notes Are Out
Does God Want Out of Our Quiet Times?
Are Some of Us Stuck with Messed-Up Mustard Seeds?
We Are Always on Our Mind
May We Have Permission to Slap 'Em Silly in Jesus' Name?
Till We See Him Face to Face

I appreciate Tomlinson's openness, her willingness to share out of her own experience. I also found it interesting that while using her signature humorous style, she was still able to help me appreciate the magnitude of things like God's desire to know us personally, and living in the power of the Holy Spirit rather than our own strength.

Some of the book's features make the experience even more meaningful--like the pull-out quotes, the prayers at the end of each chapter, all the Scriptures interwoven throughout, and the Bible study and discussion guide included at the end.

If you've been going through the motions for so long and you're hungry for something out-of-the-ordinary, Tomlinson's book is for you. She'll challenge you, but do it in a humorous way so it doesn't smart as much. But throughout the whole thing, you can sense her love for you in Christ and her desire to see you grow and experience Jesus as she has--to move out of the mundane into the exuberant and abundant life promised in Jesus.

I received a copy of the book for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.

Download the first chapter at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SneakPeek_HeartWideOpen.pdf

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About the Author
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is the author of the award-winning nonfiction humor titles Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On and Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy! She is a popular blogger and speaker, and the host of the radio program All Things Southern LIVE. Shellie loves sharing humor and hope with audiences across the country. She and her husband have two grown children. They live and farm in Louisiana. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=184028#sthash.HjqtrngV.dpuf

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