‘To love and to be loved is the greatest gift of all.’
We’ve all heard this quote before. But one young author I recently interviewed questions what do we do with the love we receive.
In her book ‘Be You Beloved’ Miranda Trudeau documents her journey.
Her journey is not only about receiving love from God, but also loving herself. And how the two are entwined.
When her Publicist contacted me about writing a blog about her I knew I really didn’t have the time to do it. But heard myself saying “Ok, Set it up.”
That didn’t come from within me. That was God’s way of placing someone in my life that He knew I needed to meet.
It began as a dreaded phone interview. I really dislike this way of getting to know my subject.
But within five minutes we were bonded. Finishing each other’s sentences. And telling very similar stories.
Both of us were raised in families following the same religion. And experienced the same confusion. Asked the same questions. And felt the same shame for being unsure of Gods love for us.
We both took Religion in college to try and gain insight into our frustrations. And neither of us got the answers we needed.
Visiting different churches and finally finding our niche, we both finally could start accepting Gods love.
Now that we have graciously received His love we have to learn to love ourselves.
If He loves us then we must be worthy of our own love right?
Self love is the most difficult form of love to me. And to hear someone experience the same fears, curiosity, doubt and even shame has given my own journey Validation.
At the end of each chapter are questions. How God spoke to you in the chapter. What are some things that happened to you to make you feel certain ways. This interactive addition lets you see God’s fingerprint on certain events in your life.
One thing I noticed when reading this book was the progression of the photos scattered throughout.
As you can see, one of the first photos is clouded. And you can barely see her face.
As you make your way through each section you get a clearer look.
By the end of the book as she finds herself, we also find her.
And reading through our answers at the end of each chapter, we can now see ourselves.
So what’s love got to do with it?
Be You Beloved is the greatest gift of all.