Named by God is written by Kasey Van Norman, who is a new author to me. I chose this book because I was intrigued by her story. She has an obvious passion for God and people and I was curious to read her thoughts.
I enjoyed this book because she takes her own life situations and is able to see the good in everything that happened in her life. Each chapter she starts with a personal experience or a story and then weaves the scriptures in to show how God works in crazy awesome ways.
Kasey has some great points and many things I could understand and appreciate. She was born and raised a Christian and yet God had so many plans for her life to get her to where she is in ministry today.
Overall it is a very good book that is thought provoking, don't expect to sit down and read it all at once.
"I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishing. This is my honest opinion on the book."
Let me be honest right from the start -- I'm no woman, and I am certain that with the beautiful pastel colors might be a bit more welcoming to women.
I went ahead and journeyed through the book because it was given to me for a free review (Tyndale), and who would turn down a free book? What this also means is that my review is unbiased because I have no reason to write a response based on whether or not the book was worth the money I forked out for it. Now, with all of that being said...
The title, "Named by God," is in part really a sub-thought to the message that Kasey wants to proclaim to her audience. This is ironic because what I believe to be the true message is what is found on the cover of her book only by the attentive audience ... Her tattoo on her left wrist, which is posed next to her face, reads "Redeemed." It is this word, REDEEMED, that reoccurs through the personal stories, biblical verses, and adamant preaching from front to back of her book.
She takes readers on their own "highway of redemption" as she tells her story. The journey travels from where you were, or where you might presently be, to the working out of that redemption in the present time, to the future to be embrace (as a result of being REDEEMED). All of this is only at the cost of you being named by God, what began in Genesis 1 comes full circle in the lives of every single one of God's chosen people.
You are beloved - treasured - free from sin - TRANSFORMED - victorious - divinely gifted - and so much more.
The message is powerful and provocative, and I would say we all need a bit of a kick in the pants (like her closing message of pretending that you were at a rock concert). I would say that if you are feeling down and out and are looking for a practical, encouraging book, than this might be for you. She jam-packs her book with Scripture (just be careful with how it is being used, as I was unable to assess her methods -- just a cautionary statement). The Scriptures mentioned would give readers a solid foundation to secure their place alongside their Father.
Blessings readers - you are redeemed.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.
I haven't read anything like this. Kesey's heartache, honesty, & experiences. She tells of her life. Where she was and who she is now. What has made her who she is. God brought her through so much and she tells us without him we are nothing. She is right. She talks about healing, forgiveness and truth. Some of what she has gone through and experienced will tug at your heart strings. You won't get through this book without feeling her pain, joy and love. Tears will shed. I can relate to a lot of her experiences-miscarriage, the death of my father, eating disorder and more. She will touch your life. You will share an experience like hers in one way or another. She will make you think about who you are and where you've been. You will want to read this book and really take to heart what she is saying. We all need to evaluate our lives. See where we have been and enjoy where we are now. Great read.. I do recommend this 5 star book. Excellent!