Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Kasey Van Norman's Named by God ~ Reviewed
By Kasey Van Norman
Published by Tyndale
In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents’ divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex, cutting, and eating disorders. As an adult, Kasey has endured a painful miscarriage; the heartbreak (and restoration) of infidelity; a cancer diagnosis; rejection by her friends, church, and community; and her mother’s death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of sorrow, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God’s merciful and miraculous healing and redemption. In Named by God, Kasey shares her story of God’s infinite grace and compassion so that others might learn from her experience as they encounter a depth of Jesus like never before!
Christian’s aren’t perfect and forgiveness is a gift to be shared Kasey Van Norman shares with readers. Life can even get messy even for Christians, Jesus says in this life you will have trouble, no one is immune. I’m thankful for this refreshing, honest, heartfelt testimonial. Kasey shares her journey of healing a pain so deep only God could see and heal. The author says, “We are named by God, not by our failures but by who Christ says we are.”
The chapters are broken down into three parts. First is overcoming your past, second Transforming your present and third Embracing your future. The author gives the reader hope in their own journey of healing. The first part deals with overcoming your past. What does it mean to be named by God and live out what God says about us? The author states, “…its to abide in a constant state of redemption and surrender. It’s a place of knowing who you are in Christ and knowing that you’re true, identity is found in Him. It is a place of recognizing that other people’s opinions and attitudes toward us no longer dictate our worth. It’s a place where religion and rules fade away and your connection with your creator becomes all the more central. And it is a place where you’re every word, every thought, and every action is preceded by a clear move of the Lord. Being named by god is finding yourself by losing yourself, redemption and surrender…It’s easy to get so hung up in either the past or the future that we fail to live fully in the present…God has a calling for us to embrace right now, today.”
You will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth Isaiah 62:2
You are named by God, He is yours, your are healed, you are more than the sum of your mistakes, you are not alone, you are His Beloved, you are filled with his power, you are forgiven, you are his child, you are safe, you are free from the power of sin, you are His delight, you are chosen are just a few topics covered in this inspirational, practical easy to read book. It’s one you’ll read and keep referring to. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent