Book Review: Raw Faith by Kasey Van Norman

“I had plenty of people tell me while I was undergoing chemo that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. …the truth is that sometimes He does allow more into our lives than we can bear… so we have no other choice but to turn to him.”

Kasey Van Norman, author of Raw Faith, will give you a front row view of what real faith looks like in the midst of suffering.

Having just gone through a two year period of caring for her mother who was dying of cancer, very little time passes before she gets the news that it’s now her time to fight the battle for herself. Upon receiving the news, she begins a year long journey of discovering whether she can believe what she has taught – that God never leaves us, never changes.

Written with raw emotion and transparency, readers may identify with Kasey’s honest writing being similar to that of Ann Voskamp – incredibly real, heartfelt, and truthful. She doesn’t sugar coat her journey. The doubts, the anger – she shares it all in an attempt to help the reader see that a believer’s journey of faith is not at all a simple one but it is however, worth the hard, long fight which may very well leave you raw, from the inside out.

Kasey uses many relevant scriptures as she tells her story of struggle, drawing on God’s word to reinforce the lessons she learned.

Easy to read, but very thought provoking. Have a notebook and a pen ready. You’ll want to take notes to glean from later. And don’t forget the kleenex.

“Real faith knows that God can save. Real faith believes that God will save. And real faith will stand in the flame, even if he doesn’t save.” [statement referring to her telling of the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being put in the fiery furnace]

Note: I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Houes Publishers.

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