Heart Wide Open, plus a GIVEAWAY

26 Mar

Heart Wide Open

Heart Wide Open by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


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 Heart Wide Open, Shellie invites you to answer the call of your restless heart and refuse to settle for anything less than the intimate friendship of God. Through her heartfelt and honest words, you’ll find practical inspiration to help you…
·   exchange your “just enough Jesus” mindset for an all-out pursuit of Him
·   put sizzle in your Bible study by asking God to show you the wonder of His Word
·   trade formulaic devotions for a devoted life
Are you ready to stop struggling to make time for God and instead live every moment with God? Discover how to live with your heart wide open.


Shellie Rushing Tomlinson uses her gift of words, along with her signature humor, to share her own story of seeking a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. As the cover suggests, Shellie has traded in mundane faith for an exuberant life with Jesus.

I love Shellie’s refreshing candor and her contagious exuberance! She has written a book filled with real-life experiences and overflowing with scriptural references. Heart Wide Open is a wonderful source of encouragement and is ideal for individual and group study. I also love the Bible study and discussion guide that has been included in the back of the book. It is a great aid for deeper study and examination.

Full of charm, wit, and wisdom, Heart Wide Open is a book that will inspire you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.


Shellie and her husband, Phil, live in Lake Providence, Louisiana. They have two children and five grandchildren. Shellie is the author of “Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road”, “‘Twas the Night before the Very First Christmas”,”Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson” and the Penguin Group USA release, “Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On”, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA, the SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance. “Sue Ellen’s Girl  Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!” was released May, 2011 and subsequently nominated for the same Nonfiction Book of the Year by SIBA for 2012.

Shellie is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of a radio show and weekly video segment by the same name. You can listen to Shellie’s All Things Southern LIVE Talk Show each Monday evening at 5-6 PM CST on TALK 540KMLB. The  show streams LIVE and podcasts are available so everyone can join Shellie’s southern celebration!

When Shellie isn’t writing, speaking, taping her show, answering email or writing content for the next deadline, you can find her playing tennis with Dixie Belle, (the chocolate lab who thinks she is in charge of running Shellie’s life).

To learn more about Shellie, visit her website at http://www.allthingssouthern.com/.



To celebrate the release of Heart Wide Open, Shellie is offering a special giveaway!  This wonderful gift basket includes the following:

 A beautiful wallboard inscribed with these words from the Song of Solomon, “Come and awaken love and when I find him I won’t let him go.”
A beautiful coffee mug bearing this sentiment, “Heart you to the moon and back.”
A Bird of Paradise heart-shaped candle
A Heart Shaped Keepsake Box
A Red and White Chevron Design Scarf
A Heart Wide Open T-Shirt (winner to designate size)
A $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
And, of course, a copy of Heart Wide Open

To enter, leave a comment below and fill out the simple online form that will allow the names to be collected from participating blogs.  The winner will be drawn on April 1. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Good luck!!


10 Responses to “Heart Wide Open, plus a GIVEAWAY”

  1. Judy B March 26, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I just left Bible study this morning a little frustrated because everyone else seems to be smarter than what I am. They get more out of a verse than what I can. My husband always tells me I need to pray for Wisdom. I really need some help in this area. Heart Wide Open just might be the book that does this for me!

    Thank you for this giveaway!

    Judy B

  2. Melanie Backus March 26, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Shellie is such a “bigger than life” figure and her love of Jesus Christ is evident. Her heart is definitely wide open for her Lord and for others.
    Thank you, Britney, for a beautiful review!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. litteraegaudium March 26, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway, Britney!

  4. Jan Hall March 26, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    My husband and I study the Bible each morning. I would love to add more sizzle to our study. Thank you in advance.

    • Jan Hall March 26, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      oops fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

  5. joeym11 March 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    i would love to read this. I felt that way in my life and God let me see where I was wrong . Was a very ruff year. I have found my joy. Love to win. Thanks for that chance

  6. Kim Teamer March 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Yes and amen! Sign me up for an all out pursuit. I want it. This book sounds just right.

  7. Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall March 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    thank you for writing good Christian books! I know I definitely appreciate them! Rhonda rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

  8. Jackie McNutt March 27, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I am so grateful for this review. My greatest desire is to love the Lord” with my heart wide open” and get to the place where I let Him love me. I know I am a long way from being able to receive the love He has for us.
    I really believe this book will be a blessing to many people and I am looking forward to reading it.
    I love that there is a Bible study and discussion guide included.
    Thank you for offering this and for bringing this author and her book to my attention.

  9. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson April 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Hello all of you sweet readers! I’m so thankful to read your words and hear your hearts crying out for more Jesus 😉 I know it thrills Him! Britney, thank you for a lovely review~ Blessings, y’all~

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