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Book Review: Named by God by Kasey Van Norman

I really enjoyed this book. Kasey is amazingly open and honest. She tells her story of finding God and finding forgiveness. But also speaks of terrible judgmental attitudes of those around her–people she used to call friends.

Kasey is encouraging to anyone who has sin in their lives (which would be every human living today) and illustrates beautifully how God fully forgives and uses our weakness for his purpose.

Book description: 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!

Thank you to the publisher for providing this copy for review.

 

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Book Review: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

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Uh-mazing!

This book spoke to my heart in amazing ways. It just oozes truth and the way that God wants us to live.

In the preface, Chris Tomlin says that this may be the most challenging book (besides the Bible) that you’ll read this year – or the even the next few years. I agree. I really feel that the Holy Spirit has a good grip on Francis Chan. He makes it clear that this book is not about him. It is about coming to love God more and giving God more. I am encouraged and challenged to do both.

This book is an important one – one that every American Christian should read. It will challenge you to really look at Jesus’ words and instructions and live them out. It will make you think about what you can do to make a difference. And not only think about it, but to do it.

Read this book – even if it is the only book you read this year! The truths and ideas in this book (because they are straight from Jesus) have the ability to change a person, a whole church, a community, or more!

 

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