Friday Five: Sheila Walsh
Daniel DarlingDaniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC). For five years, Dan served as Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, and his latest, Activist Faith. He is a weekly contributor to Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal. His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Relevant Magazine, Homelife, Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has guest-posted on leading blogs such as Michael Hyatt, The Gospel Coalition, OnFaith (Washington Post), and others. He is a contributing writer for many publications including Stand Firm, Enrichment Journal and others. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in Washington Posts’ On Faith, CNN.com's Belief Blog, and other newspapers and opinion sites. He is a featured blogger for Crosswalk.com, Churchleaders.com and Believe.com, Covenant Eyes, G92, and others. Publisher's Weekly called his writing style "substantive and punchy." Dan is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country, including CNN, 100 Huntley Street, Moody Broadcasting Network, Harvest Television, The Sandy Rios Show, American Family Radio, the Salem Radio Network, and a host of other local and national Christian media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. Daniel is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Literary Agency
- 2011 Sep 16
Sheila Walsh is a popular Bible teacher, singer, and best-selling author from Scotland. She’s a featured speaker with the Women of Faith conferences. Her best-selling memoir Honestly, was a Gold Medallion Award nominee. She’s also written The Heartache No One Sees, Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God and (my daughter’s favorite) the Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, which has won the National Retailer’s Choice Award twice and is the most popular Christian brand for young girls in the US. Sheila just recently released her newest book and DVD Bible study for women The Shelter of God’s Promises.
Today she was kind enough to stop by for a chat on The Friday Five:
As you reflect on your ministry–4 million books sold, 3.5 million women encouraged through your speaking, award-winning musical albums–what fuels your ministry?
If I had to describe my hearts passion in one sentence it would be this, to tell as many people as I can, in as many ways as I can, as often as I can about the outrageous and merciful love of God. That is what motivates every word I write and every note I sing.
How does Gabby, God’s Little Angel series reflect that motivation?
As a parent I am so aware of the influences in our world that would seek to harm our children. I want through “Gabby” to reassure parents and children that their Father in heaven never takes His eyes off them. In Matthew’s gospel Christ’s friends were asking him about who would be greatest in the Kingdom of God and Jesus answered by drawing a child to his side and saying, ““Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” (Matthew 18:10)
You’ve spoken openly about your struggles with depression. Is this a subject Christians are still hesitant to address or admit?
I think there is still a huge stigma attached to depression or any type of mental illness. Within the Church at large if you told people that you had a brain tumor people would rally groups to pray but if it’s not something that shows up on an x-ray it’s much harder to find support. I want people to understand that we live in a broken, fallen world and clinical depression is not about your spiritual life but rather about your brain chemistry and there is wonderful help available.
You recently released How to Be God’s Little Princess. What is one piece of advice you would give the parents of young girls in raising them to be “God’s Princesses?”
I would want young girls to know that they are treasured by God, made in His image with great value, daughters of the King of Kings, which should cause each one of us to live as those who are deeply loved.
Do you think it’s harder to raise young girls in this culture?
I think culture has always been the enemy of the individual who wants to find out what God has uniquely called her to be. Today there are simply so many more ways of trying to squeeze our children into a mold that no child was designed for.