I cannot review this book without giving part of my story to explain how I experienced it. During a free Kindle promotion, I downloaded a copy of the book. It sat there for weeks or months and one day, I was browsing and selected it as the book I would read next. Except that was right before Christmas and I received a number of books as gifts so I was reading printed books for several weeks.
During a period of depression, I was praying about my need to be seen. I felt invisible because no one seems to notice me. I distinctly felt God say, “I am the God who sees you.”
I immediately recognized that as El-Roi, the name God Hagar used after she encountered God in the wilderness when she ran away from an abusive and jealous woman (Genesis 16). She said, “You are the God who sees me.”
The significance to me snapped into place. I don’t need to be concerned about whether others see me because God sees me. I don’t have to hang my hopes on whether others will respond to my actions because God sees, even if no one else does. And I can work for God silently, without recognition because even my secret efforts are not a secret to God.
God sees me! I’m not invisible. I’m not devoid of meaning or purpose.
But that wasn’t the end of it.
The next day I picked up my Kindle for the first time in weeks. When I turned it on, I saw the words “God Knows My Name.” It was Chapter 1 of the book, but which book? I clicked back to find out it was a book by the same title. I was immediately interested because it seemed like such a confirmation and just what I needed at the time.
This is one of many thoughts that resonated for me:
It is a fundamental human need to be heard and understood. In fact, if we feel that we are not heard, we feel a vast sense of loneliness and emptiness. If we are not heard, we do not feel understood, and if we do not feel understood, we will not feel known. The whole point about God knowing our names, and about Him making us, is that He knows us. When we discover that we are known and understood by a friend, it can be profoundly moving. Sometimes a really good friend may understand us better than we understand ourselves.
–Beth Redman, God Knows My Name, excerpt from chapter one.
Beth Redman’s book was easy to read. I cruised through it quickly. She loaded the book with Bible verses (sometimes almost too many, if that’s possible). Upon this biblical foundation, she offered a soothing and confirming message to help women understand how God restores their dignity. Many of her examples come from women of the Bible and she provides a refreshing new insight on old, familiar narratives. But she also shared personal experiences, including some details about her abusive upbringing and the consequences in her young life.
God Knows My Name contains eight chapters, with a study guide at the end for personal or group use:
- God Knows My Name
- God Knows My Past
- God Shapes My Character
- God Sees My Choices
- God Has Not Forgotten Me
- God Is My Helper
- God Is My Defender
- God Is My Restorer
Every woman could probably find a relevant truth in one or more of these topics. It is worth a read.
I give God Knows My Name by Beth Redman four cups of love.
This review, with additional book quotes, first appeared on my blog, ChristyBower.com.
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|God Knows My Name: Never Forgotten, Forever Loved
By Beth Redman / David C. Cook
Powerful and deeply vulnerable, Redman’s writing passes along a message that changed her life—that the God who made us also understands us intimately. Drawing on Scripture and her own experience, she invites you to explore the revolutionary implications of being loved by a God who knows your name. Includes end-of-chapter study guides. 192 pages, softcover from Cook.
|God Knows My Name – eBook
By Beth Redman / David C. Cook
Powerful and deeply vulnerable, Redman’s writing passes along a message that changed her life—that the God who made us also understands us intimately. Drawing on Scripture and her own experience, she invites you to explore the revolutionary implications of being loved by a God who knows your name. Includes end-of-chapter study guides. 192 pages. eBook.