In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents' divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex and cutting. As an adult, she suffered the pain of an emotional affair, rejection by her friends and community, and her mother's death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of heartbreak, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God's merciful and miraculous healing.
In Named By God, Kasey shares her story of God's infinite grace and compassion so that other women might learn from her experience and grow in their own relationship with God.
- Life Lessons Based On Life Experiences
Named By God by Kasey Van Norman is part autobiography, part Christian living and it works quite well. Kasey hasn’t had the easiest life but her life experiences have been used in this book to convey kingdom principles about the need for Christians to forgive, give their lives over to God and live totally for Him.
I know different people will have different options on this book but I thought Kasey’s honesty and powerful message were both challenging and comforting. It is quite amazing how God has used the horrible experiences in Kasey’s life to help other people who have endured similar experiences.
The narration was very good as the author was also the narrator, so she knew exactly what emphasis each chapter needed from being forceful at times to quite emotional in chapters relating to horrible past experiences. Self-narration doesn’t always work but in this case it certainly enhanced the book by having Kasey narrate it.
This book is a great resource for people who have been (or are currently going) through difficult times and they are wondering where is God in their situation. It is a very challenging and encouraging book that would be great for everyone to read.
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- Different than what I expected...
This book was a little different than I expected. I had thought it was sort of a biography of the author – but instead it was more of a self-help book. Or should I say an “allow God to help you” book? Guess I must not have read the book description very carefully! I did expect to hear more in story form about the things that happened to her – and they were stories, but more used as a “launching pad” for whatever point she wanted to make in the chapter. Oh, & bye the way -- yes, that is a tattoo you see on her wrist/arm in the picture.
The book was read by the author and she did a good job. You could hear the emotion in her voice at different points and that was touching.
The book was quite long…so if you are looking for a quick listen pass this one by until later.
Many of the things in this book are basic, but it was interesting to hear them put in a new way. I’ll give you a sample of a few things I gleaned along the way:
On becoming mature – we never arrive at the summit. No matter how long we serve the Lord it’s a process we all have to continue working on. It is an intentional process. Take a paper and write down your pre-Christ and post Christ behaviors. Has anything changed? If there is very little difference in the way you dress, the places you go, how you speak, the activities you do then you are not maturing in your relationship with the Lord.
Spiritual gifts – God has given us all a spiritual gift. If you are just sitting on the pew on Sunday and that’s all there is to your involvement in your local church body, God has more for you! He has given us all a gift to use in His service. Pray and begin to look for what way the Lord has for you to serve.
While I don’t agree with all the doctrinal positions in this book (such as once you are saved you are always saved and your sins past, present, & future are already forgiven, etc – understand, I’m basically coming from a Wesleyan Armenian position) I did appreciate the focus of taking your problems to God and letting Him change you.
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- Helpful Book
Kasey Van Norman has had her share of challenges, failures, and successes. She also had the courage to write about it. The result is her book, Named by God.
Overview of Named by God
Van Norman's book blends her autobiography with Christian counseling and practical self-help tips. The solution is a readable and helpful book, especially for Christians who face the types of challenges that Van Norman has experienced. The book's theme, Named by God, reminds believers that regardless of life's challenges, they remain named by God — a member of his family and under his care.
Thoughts on Named by God
Van Norman's book is full of plenty of helpful advice regardless of one's situation in life. Likely, many people have had thoughts or experiences similar to the author's. Thus, they would be able to profit from her openness and forthright counsel.
The book sprinkles in a modicum of biblical explanation and gospel reminders. The preponderance of folksy advice, "you can" language, and anecdotal "me too" content, may leave some readers still hungry for solid advice for change — built on the Bible and rooted in the gospel.
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- to the point
Is Christ a step-in savior for you? Van Norman admits such for herself in this book. Intentionally placed on the cover is her hand with a wrist tattoo, which says redeemed. Despite the controversy behind tattoos, she donned this tattoo as an eternal reminder of who she truly is, and needs to be.
We have all been redeemed by G-d, Van Norman declares. We are born named by G-d, but tend to forget this along the way. Nevertheless, our call is this: to live named by G-d, redeemed, as who we are in Christ. We must find our identity in Him.
Van Norman has a good premise for her book, and her narration has an uncanny authenticity to it. Speaking eloquently at a medium to fast pace, Van Norman is innovative in her narration - remind me of speakers at a convention center. The audio carries an echo that reminds me of a lecture in an empty hallways. Her reading is very much so a performance in this regard. Clear dictation, smooth transitions, and an overall presentation that is easy to listen to, the only downside is it is also easy to be distracted from. Four out of five for skill and content.
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- Honest and inspiring
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this Kasey Van Norman book from the start, and not just because I happen to be very partial to wrist tattoos with attached meaning and she describes hers in the intro. This gal has spunk and isn’t afraid to show it, but she is also very sensitive and driven to help other Christians overcome their past.
Named by God is the inspiring story of how she overcame the hurts and mistakes of her past to step into the calling God has placed on her life. Read by the author, her passion over the conviction that we not let our present and future be shaped by the past, comes out in every word. She bares her soul and takes ownership of her decisions, and the consequences she’s paid for those decisions, while reminding us that the price Jesus paid is enough to cover our sins and give us a fresh start.
Understanding that Jesus paid it all is commonplace, but hearing how this played out in the author’s life and her advice on how to let Him redeem ours is what sets this book apart. Each chapter challenges you to look deeply into your heart, your motivations, your past, your present, and evaluate each area in light of God’s truth. It is an inspiring book, even more powerful because the author herself reads it.
- Perfect For New Christians
This is an encouraging audiobook read by the author Kasey Van Norman with such care and compassion that you can't help feel energised by what she is talking about. She is very open with her past mistakes and her daily struggles but is very positive about overcoming them with God's help. I was a bit surprised that this was more than just her life story but a teaching audiobook too about how to overcome past mistakes and thrive in your relationship with God. Personally I would have really enjoyed this a lot more if I had been a college student as it feels like its directed more at that age group, than for older women.
I think this a perfect audio for new Christians who have had a troubled past and want to live their lives with real passion for Jesus. Kasey will remind you throughout this audio how precious you are to God and herself, and that you are 'Named by God'. She uses personal experiences and biblical references to help you along the way. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.