A Black Cat Book Review
Named by God by Kasey Van Norman
Like all of us Kasey Van Norman has a past. Like most of us, there were good times and bad times; times she was on the right path and times when she lost her way. Unlike a lot of us she has overcome her past, lives in the present, and looks forward to the future.
Of her past, Van Norman writes openly and honestly and doesn’t feel sorry for herself. She has faced her short-comings and failures, asked for forgiveness, and has forgiven. She encourages us to do the same by looking at who we were and why, to learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others in our lives, and to see God in all of it. See how He was there with us and what He was doing for us, through us, and often in spite of us, to accomplish His plan.
She then brings us into the present. And once again, like all of us she has her ups and downs and like most of us she questions the why of things. But unlike many of us she does not question God’s love for her or His grace in her life. And she tells us how she has come to this understanding.
She writes, “In order to be transformed, we must come to the realization that it is not enough to simply believe in God; we must believe God.” and ”In order to take another step in transforming our present, we must presently believe in God’s ultimate plan for our lives.”
In the redeemed believer the future is assured and Van Norman tells us to be filled with the Word, know our gifts, and use them in service to others. She writes that we are not to give the future just an occasional thought but to embrace it. Because of what our future holds she wants us to know that how we live is important not only for our own lives but for the lives of others.
Named By God is engagingly written with personal stories and experiences with no excuses for when she went off the path on her own. She uses scripture to reference and explain what she is saying. Van Norman did not overcome her past to live in the present and embrace the future by herself and she knows it. She gives God the glory!
This book was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers at no cost to me in exchange for this review.