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When Sr. Miriam James Heidland’s life as a successful college athlete proved unfulfilling, she went searching for something deeper and ended up falling in love with Jesus. By charting her own journey toward wholeness, Heidland invites young Catholics to pursue their own relationship with Jesus.
Although originally full of athletic ambition and goals for a career in sports news, Heidland was transformed in a very slow but deep way during her undergraduate years, moving from party girl to bride of Christ. In Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus, Heidland helps readers learn from her experience of seeking love in the wrong places and instead finding it in Christ. She shares her struggles—learning she was adopted, battling alcoholism, and healing from childhood sexual abuse—as signs of hope that anyone who desires to know Christ can find him and be loved intimately by him in return. By bringing readers into Heidland’s healing process, Loved as I Am provides a gentle and subtle template for finding peace and freedom in Jesus.
Features & Benefits:
- Heidland’s conversion story has been featured in the Seattle Times, National Catholic Register, and at the Theology of the Body Institute.
- Heidland speaks all over the country about her conversion and has appeared on ETWN’s Life on the Rock, Relevant Radio, and Catholic Answers Live.
- Loved as I Am engages young people through Sr. Miriam’s unique story of healing from sexual abuse and alcoholism to choosing the life of a religious sister.