“They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.” – Psalm 78:35
God redeems. Beautiful, grace-given redemption. We hear about His redemption through stories of others. Kathy Brace tells one such story, with the help of author Natalie Wickham, in the memoir-style book Born to Deliver.
Kathy grew up in what was labeled a “broken” home by societal standards. In looking for something to fill the longings of her soul, she turned to all the wrong choices. Through years of heartache, misguided actions, and devastating occurrences, she finally began to see God’s provision and presence.
Even though my life events differ vastly from the author’s, I could relate to feeling like I have looked for “the next thing” that would fix a problem. Her choices were men, alcohol, and materials. My choices might be organization tactics or seeking words of affirmation, or even fear. Regardless, those things alone don’t fully fill holes. God does.
The first half of the book details Kathy’s tumultuous past. The second half begins to pursue light. The authors use Scripture along with story to relay God’s goodness. Beyond the messages Kathy deliberately shares, her story reaffirms that God works through His people. What we say and do matters.
Several cliché phrases appear in the book (like “caution to the wind” or “hot like a furnace” or “little did I know”), though these may be present to retell dialect or accent. Regardless, the story is riveting and emotional. I praise God along with Kathy for His working through her for good.
Read the first chapter of the book here.
How has God worked redemption in your story?
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.