Monday, May 26, 2014

For Freedom with Katie Ganshert


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So glad to have Katie Ganshert with us today! Katie's newest novel, A Broken Kind of Beautiful, recently released. It's one of the most touching and yes, beautiful, books I've read. Today, she's sharing a devotion that relates to a spiritual theme in her novel. Thank you, Katie, for being here today.

Also, Katie will be with us on Wednesday for a fun game of Would You Rather? Not only will she answer questions but her hero and heroine will also answer! Friday is our Faith Readers book club review of her novel. Take it, Katie!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

If you’ve been in church world for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the story of the prodigal son.

He rebelled against his father and squandered his inheritance and hit rock bottom before realizing that his father’s servants were living better lives than he. And so he returned, hoping to work as one of those servants, knowing he was no longer worthy to be called a son. Imagine his surprise, the overwhelming gratitude he must have felt, when his father ran to him and gave him the best clothes and ordered the servants to prepare a feast. Because this son of his that was once lost, was now found.

It’s a story the exemplifies God’s lavish, amazing grace.

But what happens if we change the ending?

Let’s imagine for a moment, this same story with a twist.

The father runs out to greet his son. He offers him his best clothes and a celebration feast. He offers him sonship. But the son refuses the gift. He declares himself unworthy and works in the pigsties alongside his father’s servants instead.

It’s ludicrous, right?

And yet, how often is this us?

How often do we wear the shackles of shame and regret, even though those shackles are no longer locked in place? God offers us forgiveness. He wipes away our sin, as far as the east is from the west. Are we embracing this gift? Or do we add a yoke to our necks that He’s no longer asking us to carry?

Jesus came so we could walk in freedom.

Are you?


Lord Jesus, thank you for the stories you told when you walked this earth. Thank you for the truth they speak into our lives. Help us to be children who embrace your grace and forgiveness. Help us to walk in your freedom, so that we can help others walk in your freedom, too. 

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Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
 
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

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  1. This is at the top of my TBR pile. Love Katie's heart and her books:)

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