Read-Worthy Reviews ~ December 7

There are a lot of “self-help” books in the market. Bestselling author and speaker Sheila Walsh flips the idea of “self-help” to “God help” in her new book It’s Okay Not to Be Okay. Earlier this fall, we offered our Nuts About Books bloggers the opportunity to read and review Sheila Walsh’s new book, and the reviews we’ve been receiving have been incredible. Read some of the reviews, below.

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay – Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh - It's Okay Not to Be Okay

When Sheila Walsh discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.

We’ve all experienced that moment when we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila wants you to face the pain head-on and then start again, from right where you are.

In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, she helps you overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help you move forward one step at a time, knowing God will never let you down.

It’s never too late to start again . . . and there is healing and freedom in just taking the first step.

Not self-help. God help.


This book hit me kind of hard. There were many, many nuggets of wisdom throughout. Filled with scriptures, this book will settle into your hurt places, and, if you let it, it might convince you to open yourself up to the idea that it’s ok not to be ok, and we were never meant to be enough. I encourage you to check this book out.  It wiggled its way right into the core of me and whispered soft, comforting words to a heart that needed to hear them.” – Laura (This Blog is Epic)

I love her apparent honesty, her frequent use of Scripture, and her practical tips for moving forward at the end of each chapter. This book not only meets readers where they are and assures them that not everyone is perfect, but it also encourages readers to not stay where they are, but to continue moving forward, in an encouraging (and not overwhelming!) way. I particularly love that this book is not just your average self-help book; the author points everything back to Jesus, who is our ultimate help; and through Him, we can move forward in His love, one step at a time! I highly recommend this book.” – Jennifer (Silver Linings)

“Given my liking for her early music, I was pleased to be offered a chance to review this [book]. In some ways I think it’s a shame when an author targets only men or women. Still, this isn’t a book that excludes men, if you don’t mind that the illustrations for her points all involve women. There is a lot of meat in this book. Much of what Sheila has to say in It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is common sense, but it is a message that bears repeating because all too often we ignore common sense. Each chapter comes with a couple of questions for reflection.” – Lorne (Random Thoughts From Lorne)

Sheila Walsh nails it in It’s Okay Not to be Okay. This book is full of truths and God helps on dealing with the circumstances in life. The author shares stories in each of the chapters, so this book not only encourages the reader but also entertains. I laughed at some of them and was sorrowful at others. She knows what she’s talking about and brings home her points effectively. This book is beautifully written. It kept me turning the pages to find out more. At the end of each chapter, she concludes with practical steps in the One Step at a Time section. Brilliant! I give It’s Okay Not to be Okay five stars. I guarantee the reader will be encouraged after reading this book.” – Darlene (Darlene L. Turner)


Want to listen to Sheila Walsh share her rollercoaster life, including growing up in abuse and a public collapse? Click here to listen to her on The Why Me Project and learn how to move forward one day at a time.

Ever wondered about how Sheila handled being a media personality while going through her mental health struggles? Listen to the Word Made Digital podcast where host Joanna la Fleur has a conversation with Sheila on her new book It’s Okay Not to Be Okay. Click here to listen to this podcast episode.

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