A Black Cat Book Review
Raw Faith by Kasey Van Norman
Thirty something Kasey, is happily married with two children. She and her family have just moved to a new town, joined a new church, are making new friends. She has a thriving ministry, and a book about faith. Her life is good. Then the phone call comes. She has an aggressive form of cancer.
Now there are questions, lots of questions. Not just about the cancer and treatment but about faith, about Kasey’s faith. What is faith and what is her faith. She has taught bible studies and wrote a book about faith. She has told others that in crisis there is nowhere to go but to God. Now she wonders; can she, will she, live what she has taught.
After the diagnosis there is chemo.
This shows Kasey that sometimes God does give us more than we can bear to prove we cannot handle things on our own. We need Him when there is nowhere else to turn. She tells of her doubts and learning that Satan uses doubt to separate us from God. She tells of knowing that the power of Satan cannot beat God’s power. She tells of drifting and depression. Drifting and not trusting God fully but going her own way. Depression that makes her draw into herself and learns that when there is nowhere else to go then she draws closer to God.
Through her cancer treatment she finds that the true foundation of faith is not what we experience of faith but in the person of Jesus Christ. We choose what to believe; God does not force us one way or the other. We choose where to place our confidence; in our emotions or God.
There are no “weak” or “strong” chapters but I found the one about prayer had the greatest impact on me. Kasey emphasizes that prayer is more than the spoken word. It is conversation with One we have a relationship with. There are two parts to prayer: speaking and listening. Both are important.
There are many personal moments shared in her book and many stories from the Bible. Everything she writes she reinforces with scripture. The book is one that can be read quickly, which I did. But if you to go back and read it more slowly and let the lessons Kasey learned speak to you, which I did, you will find depth and encouragement for your struggles. You may not have cancer but everyone at some time will find themselves in a fight that only God can win. This book is a good starting point to help you focus on the Victor.
As Kasey says, “Raw faith is not based on what God does but on who God is.”
This book was sent to me free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for this review.