Christian speaker comes to Bangor

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 26, 2010, at 9:52 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Writer and inspirational Christian speaker Sheila Walsh will hold a daylong ministry program for women Saturday at Peakes Auditorium in Bangor High School.

“Inspiring Women: When A Woman Trusts God” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. The $30 fee includes a boxed lunch.

The event is organized by the Rev. Stephen D. Hall, pastor of Harvest Chapel in Levant.

Walsh often speaks at “Women of Faith” conferences, held in large venues around the country. It was at one of those conferences that members of Hall’s church saw Walsh and asked him to try to bring her to Bangor.

“She’s a remarkable speaker,” Hall said last week. “It’s not often we are able to draw people of this stature to the Bangor area.”

Since 1985, Walsh has published 18 inspirational books, more than a dozen children’s books and 20 albums of Christian music, hymns and Celtic songs. Her books have sold more than 4 million copies and through the women of faith program, Walsh has addressed 3.5 million women.

A native of Scotland, Walsh came to the United States in the 1980s to pursue a career in Christian music but wound up co-hosting the Rev. Pat Robertson’s television show “700 Club” from 1987 to 1992.

A bout with severe depression forced her to leave Robertson’s ministry and seek intense therapy. Her recently published book, “Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God,” on which much of Saturday’s session will be based, tells of her struggle with depression and her recovery.

“Sometimes God will take you to a prison to set you free,” she said of that experience in an article published in the Abilene Reporter-News last year.

After therapy, Walsh enrolled in Fullerton Theological Seminary in California. That reinvigorated her desire to help women understand their walk with God.

When Walsh was a child in Scotland, her father suffered a massive brain aneurysm that caused paralysis and loss of speech. His personality was altered again, Walsh has said, when a blood clot changed him.

After becoming a Christian at the age of 11, Walsh felt she had to be perfect and felt her only value was in what she could do for other people, she said in Abilene.

In her new book, Walsh relates a conversation with a friend that sparked her to seek answers about why the approval of other people was so important to her.

“I read the truth of this that night in the book of Isaiah,” she writes. “[It is] another of the awesome promises about the coming King: ‘A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he won’t snuff out.’”

In the conclusion of the book, she describes a visit home to see her mother in Scotland. During that trip, she realized that she needed to place her trust totally in God.

“When I stand before the lamb of God and finally look into Jesus’ eyes,” Walsh writes, “I want my life to have become a thing of beauty — not because I got it right but because with all my heart I trusted God.”

Walsh, 53, resides in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas with her husband, Barry, son, Christian, and two little white dogs Belle and Tink, according to information on her website.

For information about “Inspiring Women: When A Woman Trusts God,” call 884-7857.

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