Thursday, July 24, 2014

Raw Faith by Kasey Van Norman

About the Book:

What happens when God picks a fight?

 As a respected Bible teacher, Kasey Van Norman dedicated her life to sharing God’s Word and encouraging women to place their trust in God during times of personal crisis. Then, just as her ministry was poised to explode, Kasey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that turned her life upside down, shattered her spirit, and rocked her faith to its core. Sick, frightened, and in pain, Kasey suddenly found herself facing the greatest challenge of her life—believing her own message.

In Raw Faith, Kasey chronicles her courageous battle with cancer, taking readers on a candid and poignant journey of faith and discovery—from the depths of despair, through spiritual rediscovery, and ultimately to triumphant victory.

Drawing on a wide variety of Bible stories and characters, Kasey distills truths that have existed since time began: while change and uncertainty are inevitable, God is always unchanging; he is always faithful; and he is always fighting for us, even when our circumstances tempt us to think otherwise.

My Thoughts:

Did that first line grab your attention?  It did mine.  And I've been there, more times than I care to count.  Of course, He always wins: the fight is to knock the lethargy out of our faith and wake us up to just how loved and cared for we truly are.

"Raw Faith" is Kasey's honest journey through her faith in God after her sudden cancer diagnosis.  And this wasn't the only trial the Van Norman family went through...normally, God throws a boatload at us all at once.

You know that old saying that He won't give you more than you can bear?  Yeah, well, don't fall for it.  He does, and God does it so that we remember we must rely on Him for our everything...not just our salvation.

Kasey's writing is raw and filled with faith, living up to the title in glorious detail and story.  The book is packed with Scripture, life anecdotes, wisdom and each chapter opens with an entry from her personal journal.

Chapter Six is worth the cost of the book alone.  I cried, and rejoiced, and cried a little more.  My thanks to my friends at Tyndale House Publishers for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Read this.  Get a copy for someone you know living raw faith to encourage.  And live raw's really the only faith that is worth living.

Happy Reading!



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