I Am Rahab: Touched by God, Fully Restored
by Autumn Miles
Two years ago after the birth of my second daughter a big part of my recovery physically and mentally was walking. I wanted to make my walking spiritually beneficial as well so I went to Youtube to find some inspiring content. I searched “Proverbs 31 Sermon” and what popped up was Autumn Miles. The name caught my eye because it is the same name as my oldest daughter but that is not where the parallels end!
I listened to the sermon and loved Miles’ dynamic take on the Proverbs 31 woman as being a strong and powerful leader and savvy woman of great worth. From then on I was hooked, I watched all of her videos on Youtube and started listening to episodes of her Dallas radio show: The Autumn Miles Show through Podcast. Her big personality and “Bold Truth and Raw Faith” really delivered and inspired me so much!
As I said, her story and my own have some significant similarities. Miles was a young divorcee who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. Being a survivor of domestic violence myself, I identified and felt a solidarity with her. She reminds readers that Christ can break the chains of a difficult past and use it for his glory! Her humble beginnings make you think, “Why not me?”
In Miles’ latest book I Am Rahab: Touched by God, Fully Restored, Miles goes into detail about those and other experiences in a raw and honest way. The book poses the question: “What do you do when you can relate more to Jezebel, Rahab, or Eve than Esther or Mary?” Miles explains how she found a hero in Rahab the Harlot and discovered that most in the Bible were imperfect sinners who God chose for his purposes and transformed for his glory.
If you follow Miles’ radio show then many of the personal anecdotes in the book may be a retelling but, as a fan of hers I liked the familiarity and compilation of her stories. I appreciated how she spliced her life and Rahab’s and jumped between them in the book. It kept things interesting and was an efficient way to compare the two. The sub-headings in the chapters make the ideas being presented easy to follow and very reader friendly. The discussion questions in the back make it a great option for a study group! On Facebook you can find virtual book clubs and you can share your own story on social media under #Iamrahab.
In her personal experiences her storytelling is entertaining. She writes with a tone true to who she is “(insert heart-eye emoji)”. In her Biblical reflections of Rahab she “geeks out” and digs deep into story and text down to Hebrew root words. She gains readers’ respect by being transparent and letting us know when she is going to get real or challenge us with truth. Along with she and Rahab’s stories, she also confronts numerous stumbling blocks to faith and runs a shining thread of purpose through to bring them all together. I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who is looking for direction or inspiration!
For more from Autumn visit her website.
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-Print Length: 212 pages
-Publisher: Worthy Publishing (August 21, 2018)
-Publication Date August 21, 2018