Raw Faith: When God Picks a Fight by Kasey Van Norman | A Review

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. 

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My Thoughts: Kasey Van Norman shares a story so raw at its core that at times this reader could feel Van Norman’s fears, anger, tears and despair pulsating through her words. A teacher sharing the Bible with other women, the author had dedicated her life to lifting up other women and encouraging them to place their trust in God during tough times. How was she going to face this insidious disease and continue her ministry?

Van Norman takes the reader on an amazing journey of faith and struggle, disease and battle, and self and discovery. Throughout her story, Van Norman sprinkles the Scriptures which came to her and comforted her as she traveled this path through her anger, disappointment and fear.

A moving and emotional book, Raw Faith was, for me, an incredible eye-opening look at my faith on any ordinary day. Without the diagnosis Van Norman faces, my faith struggles are often present for other reasons. This book has given me new strength and focus on what faith really means.

My Recommendation: Every Christian and seeker should read Kasey Van Norman’s story. If you are not yet a believer, it will make you one. If you are a believer already, it will only strengthen your faith.

Meet the Author: 

Kasey Van Norman is being called “the most dynamic female voice for the new generation” by Christian leaders. Her 2012 breakout book and Bible study series, Named by God, skyrocketed to bestseller status as an inspiring and cutting-edge journey into the redemptive power of Jesus. In her book and when she speaks, Kasey opens up about her past abuse, traumatic rape, promiscuous teen years, her extramarital affair, and attempted suicide, culminating in a heroic rescue by Jesus—pointing to his restoration of her marriage and life. Kasey’s 2014 book and Bible study, Raw Faith—What Happens When God Picks a Fight, will challenge readers to experience God’s love when he seems anything but loving. In Raw Faith Kasey chronicles her battle with incurable cancer and her struggle to believe her own message of faith amidst such pain. In 2013 Kasey spoke to over 100,000 women as a headline speaker with the Extraordinary Women Tour and American Association of Christian Counselors. Kasey’s passion is teaching others the power of their story. Able to soul-bond with people across many different seasons and circumstances, Kasey’s authenticity, humor, and passion in interviews creates an atmosphere for genuine Jesus encounters.

Kasey makes her home on a US mission field. Along with husband Justin and their two children, Kasey works and lives each day on the largest working rescue ranch in the United States. As a child rescue agent for Still Creek Ranch in Bryan, TX, Kasey helps rescue minors from abuse, neglect, and human trafficking. Kasey is a licensed professional counselor with earned degrees in psychology, public speaking, counseling, and biblical studies. Kasey founded KVM (Kasey Van Norman Ministries) in 2010.

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(Author bio via Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)

Book Details:

Publication Date: April 2014
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Soft Cover: 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6478-0

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Raw Faith from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.