Have you ever heard this quote by Brennan Manning?
“God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.”
This quote in a nutshell surmises “My Gift to God.” It is a story . . . Sarah’s story of being a self-proclaimed Ragamuffin in this crazy world we live in. A journey, raw and vulnerable . . .
Sarah was the devil in disguise wrapped in a pretty, little, good girl package…
After childhood sexual abuse,
After a father, her hero, was lost to a stroke when she was nine, and then lost again, to alcoholism,
After being alienated from her mother and learning to use church as a “get out of jail free” card…
Sarah depended on no one and trusted only herself. Childhood secrets and false teachings distorted Sarah’s idea of truth, and of God. The appearance of perfection was the only way to attain significance. In a search for love and self-fulfillment, Sarah ran into the darkness of a world full of
Drugs and alcohol,
Intimate encounters with men and women,
An eating disorder,
The Christian world condemned her, but God pursued Sarah into that darkness, not to fix her self-absorbed behavior, but to heal her wounded heart. She only needed to give it to Him.
But, Sarah could not become what the church wanted. So, why on earth would God ever want her gift, ugly, damaged, and complicated?
Author & Speaker
Sarah McKinnis lives, as a daughter of God, the Most High King, devoted to an imperfect life of harmony with her best friend, sweetheart, and husband, Adam. They live on a small farm in Birchwood, Tennessee, raising a flock of feathered babies. Sarah is a compassionate soul with a candid voice, who uses the turbulence of her own story to facilitate peace to those experiencing relational brokenness. Her words ignite the truth of the hope, mercy, and unending grace in Christ for others. In the fearless honesty, humor, and wisdom of her writing, and speaking, as well as in the authenticity of her relationships, she imparts truth in love. She heals in a world that is suffering.