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Sheila Walsh: A Guy Reviews a Book Written Mostly for Women

Ottawa’s Lorne Anderson is currently living in Germany where he continues to blog and review books at Random Thoughts from Lorne. This article appeared there under the title “It’s Okay” and is used by permission.


Guest post by Lorne Anderson

It’s okay to be depressed.
It’s okay to have doubts.
It’s okay to not be perfect.
It’s okay to be distracted.
It’s okay to not be okay.

I became a fan of Sheila Walsh back when she was a purple-haired New Wave singer back in 1981 when I saw her perform at the Greenbelt festival in England. She’s changed over the years. First her music mellowed, then she moved from music to publishing, and these days is more of a motivational speaker, with women as her almost exclusive audience.

Sheila has, I understood from her new book It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, detailed some of her struggles in life in previous volumes. I must admit, I haven’t read them, but I’m not the target audience. Given my liking for her early music, I was pleased to be offered a chance to review this one.

In some ways I think it’s a shame when an author targets only men or women. Yet at the same time I can see the value in such specialization. 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.

I have known far too many people who put on a false face when things are going wrong in their life. They pretend everything is rosy, they don’t want to bother others with their problems, they don’t want to admit they are less than perfect, they don’t want to bother God. They keep going under their own steam – and their own resources are insufficient to deal with what they are struggling with. Maybe I have even been one of those people. Maybe you are now.

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. It is tough to admit that we are struggling, tough to change how we think, tough to let go of control (even when we aren’t really in control). Sheila Walsh has been there; she gets it. And she offers a way off the treadmill that never seems to stop, no matter how exhausted you are.

There are two ways you can read this book. You can do what I did and read it through cover to cover (if that term applies to an e-book). Do it that way and you might gain some insights into yourself, into God and the relationship between the two of you.

The other way is slower. You can take time and ponder, “One Step at a Time” as Sheila puts it. Each chapter comes with a couple of questions for refection. If you feel you need to change some things in your life, this may be the way to read it.

Sheila Walsh wants you to know that none of us is perfect, and that we don’t need to walk alone through life. It’s Okay Not To Be Okay. As the book’s subtitle puts it, it is about moving forward, one day at a time. That’s good news for all of us.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

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