Kasey Van Norman, author, speaker and counselor, releases Raw Faith April 1, with the intriguing subtitle, "what happens when God picks a fight." It's an account of Kasey's battle with an aggressive form of cancer that taught her "raw faith is about trust" in spite of doubt, fear and suffering. Her is one we all need to hear.
She's the first to admit she "did not want to write this book...it took God punching me in the gut with cancer to shake off my Christian anesthesia...and pacifier kind of faith," she says. Reading her story reminded me of Isaiah 48:10 where God says, "I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." I believe Kasey passed her test with flying colors!
Kasey was already familiar with affliction, both personally and in her work with abused and sex-trafficked children at the Still Creek Ranch in Central Texas. However, on a positive note, her "breakout book and Bible study" series, Named by God gained national attention and she was the headline speaker at Extraordinary Women Conferences in 2012-2013.
There she inspired more than one hundred thousand woman nationwide with an account of her "cutting edge journey into the redemptive power of Jesus." Her "ministry was poised to explode" until the phone rang and everything changed.
Kasey tells it like it is and holds nothing back, from coping with the emotions of uncertainty, stress and anxiety, to managing side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. In addition to fatigue from poor nutrition, nausea, loss of appetite and what is known as chemo brain, the inability to focus, short attention span and memory lapses.
Yet as bad as these were, Kasey felt the most toxic side effects were what was "happening in her head and her heart," what she called the "Toxic D's: denial, depression and discouragement." These threatened the "health of her faith" and her faith was the anchor for her soul.
Join Kasey's life-transforming journey through the fires of "despair and spiritual renewal "to "ultimate victory" where she learned she'd "rather be in the valley with Jesus than healed on the mountaintop." That's where she countered what she calls the "two lies of faith" with "seven faith facts" that resulted in overwhelming victory in Christ.
Be encouraged by her raw and intimate journal entries, her personal testimony and solid Bible teaching. Where her "mustard seed faith grew into mountain moving faith" as she sought the Lord, read His Word and God transformed her into even more of the "redeemed, ready-to-take-on-the-world-for-God-woman" than she already was.
Micah Joel, an ER nurse recovering from brain surgery said to Kasey, "You know there is something about meeting death that allows you to experience the real Jesus."
That's what Kasey's brutally honest book is about, meeting the real Jesus. I recommend the book to everyone sick in body, spirit or struggling with illness. The companion Raw Faith Bible Study releases May 2014.
In Kasey's own words:
"Raw Faith: What Happens When God Picks a Fight," by Kasey Van Norman, Tyndale House Publishers, April 1, 2014, 272 Pages, 978-1414364780, $14.99
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