Raw Faith by Kasey Van Norman

Book description:

As a respected Bible teacher, Kasey Van Norman had dedicated her life to sharing God’s Word and encouraging women to trust in God during times of crisis. Then, just as her ministry was poised to explode, Kasey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that 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 triumphant victory.

Drawing on a variety of Bible stories and characters, Kasey discovers and distills the singular truth that has existed since time began: while change and uncertainty are inevitable, God is always unchanging, and He is always faithful—even when our circumstances might tempt us to think otherwise.

My review:

Although this book grew out of Van Norman’s battle against cancer, there are a lot of lessons in faith for everyone, even those not struggling with disease.  Everyone either has difficulties or will have difficulties in their life and it is during the times of difficulty where we realize where our faith is.

Throughout the book, Van Norman shares scriptural references and stories of people from the Bible that had struggles and difficulties to encourage readers.  We are reminded of David and how he fled from King Saul.  Van Norman also reminds readers of Paul’s thorn in his flesh.  It is true that when we are at our weakest that God’s perfect power and strength is best demonstrated.

This is a great book with a very powerful and timely message.  I think anyone who is having a difficult time will be encouraged and uplifted from reading this book, but I also think it is great for anyone who is looking to deepen their faith.  If you are feeling a little lackluster in your faith, this is a great book to shake you up and change your perspective.  I really enjoyed reading it and think that many other readers would enjoy it as well.

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