When Sr. Miriam James Heidlands life as a successful college athlete proved unfulfilling, she went searching for something deeper and ended up falling in love with Jesus. By charting her own journey toward wholeness, Heidland invites young Catholics to pursue their own relationship with Jesus. Although originally full of athletic ambition and goals for a career in sports news, Heidland was transformed in a very slow but deep way during her undergraduate years, moving from party girl to bride of Christ. In Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus, Heidland helps readers learn from her experience of seeking love in the wrong places and instead finding it in Christ. She shares her struggleslearning she was adopted, battling alcoholism, and healing from childhood sexual abuseas signs of hope that anyone who desires to know Christ can find him and be loved intimately by him in return. By bringing readers into Heidlands healing process, Loved as I Am provides a gentle and subtle template for finding peace and freedom in Jesus.
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T., was raised in Woodland, Washington, and is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in communications. Although originally hoping to work for ESPN or another news organization, Heidlands life was transformed in a very slow but deep way during her college years. Spending most of her time living a typical college life of parties, sports, and freedom, Heidland seemed to have it all. In reality, her life was empty and broken. Through the friendship of a holy and caring priest, Heidlands life began to transform as she realized Jesus was real and that he was the great love that her heart desired. In 1998, she entered the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Heidland has served at missions in Rome, North Dakota, Seattle, and Texas. Her apostolates have included being a director of the S.O.L.T. Apostolic Novitiate for eight years, working with elementary school students, coaching high school volleyball, cohosting a Catholic radio program, and speaking in different parts of the United States and Canada. She is pursuing a masters degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and attends courses at the Theology of the Body Institute.
Christopher West is a renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian who specializes in St. John Paul IIs Theology of the Body.
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