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Loved: Stories of Forgiveness
by Rebecca St. James

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (September 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446197017
ISBN-13: 978-0446197014

Description (Publisher Website)
Young men and women who have fallen away and then rediscovered the love of Christ speak of God's forgiveness and healing abilities in these stories of modern-day prodigals. Some follow a path much like Jesus' parable, turning their backs on family and faith in exchange for money and power. Some slip into a more subtle slide away from faith, allowing doubt or apathy to pull them away from who they are. Some make huge mistakes and are forced to pay painful penalties.
Yet each story has the positive ending of a life saved by Jesus Christ. Each story offers hope of renewal and restoration. Written for all those who fear that God can't or won't forgive them for what they did, LOVED is a book of hope.

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Author Bio
REBECCA ST. JAMES is both a Grammy and Dove Award recipient, with international success that has driven her record sales into the millions. The Australian-born St. James, who has been called "the definitive voice in today's contemporary Christian music," is the author of such books as Wait for Me and She. She is known for her passionate involvement in youth-related ministries.


Review

First I need to divulge that I've been a huge fan of Rebecca St. James for years. I love her music and have found myself a fan of her books also. I think this book is a very powerful resource for parents and for anyone who feels like they have done things that would keep them from God's love.

The personal stories from real people about feeling lost and finding God again are powerful and inspiring. I found myself in tears reading some of the stories at how hopeless these people felt. We have all felt that hopelessness at times and should be able to relate to this book.

If you know anyone who's taken a slide in their faith, or who is feeling hopeless this book would be a great place to point them towards.

What I really liked about this book was that you don't need to read it straight through. You can read a story a day, or skip around. However you choose to read it, you'll find hope and inspiration I'm sure.

In these troubled times we can all use a dose of hopefulness. This book, whether you've fallen away from God or not, will lift you up as you read these stories of God's forgiveness.


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