You Are Always Loved {Book Club}

You Are Always Loved {Book Club}

I am His, and He is mine.

Do you know that message in the depths of your soul?

There have been many seasons, stretches of days or months or even years, where my relationship with God felt unsettled. Distant. Like my sole purpose for existing was what I could accomplish for Him and that wasn’t much, so I must be such a disappointment.

There is something that stirs up in my soul, a longing that reaches out from a deep place, as I think about a God who walked with His creation, just enjoying sweet fellowship. Tracing the thread of God’s love through the tapestry of His story intensifies this longing and awe.

It is a gift to welcome the lovely Sara Lubbers into this Book Club space as we read her book this month! Always Love: The Timeless Story of God’s Heart for the World and What It Means for You looks at the entire Biblical narrative to dig deeper into God’s love for His people. Did you realize we would hit the creation story, Noah, Moses and the giving of the 10 Commandments all in week one? I’m here for it!

Sometimes we can approach Scripture as a manual, learning with our heads instead of opening up our hearts. I love that this book gives me a fresh perspective and I want run back to Scripture. I want sit with God and think about the way His love shines in the stories where I hadn’t seen it before, and hold tight to the truth that He loves me that way too.

Was there something fresh that stirred up in your heart as you read the section for this week (chapters 1-13)?

Sara is part of the Velvet Ashes community and I wanted you to get to know her a little bit more! She’s here to share her story.

I’m currently living in Australia with my husband and four kiddos! My husband and I are leading a multi-cultural pre-field training opportunity for our organization in a very multi-cultural part of Sydney. Needless to say, with people from all over the world living around us, we are eating very well! Before Australia, we called Southeast Asia home, and before marriage, I called Mexico home. But if we had to choose a place in the US that most feels like home, it’d be West Texas. I’m an introverted Enneagram Type One that loves peace, quiet, and slow, loves being outdoors, cooking recipes from all over the world, and deep conversations with friends about what God is up to in their lives. I keep friends up to date on our expat, homeschooling, multi-cultural life overseas on IG @saralubbers and share more of my book-related-creativity at @alwayslovebook.

Back in 2014, as a new mama and new to life in SEA, a friend asked, “Hey, have you heard of Velvet Ashes?” and I was so glad she did! Since then, my inbox and IG feed have supplied a regular source of encouragement, laughter, and rich resources from inspiring women living courageously in places all over the world! It’s a huge gift to be a part of this community.

You can follow Sara on her website as well as get a free downloadable guide to use as you read Always Love! Sara, we are excited to be reading your book this month!

Over to you, friends! Was there a story from Scripture that struck you as you read Sara’s creative re-telling? A quote you particularly loved?

Schedule for Always Love

May 11th– Chapters 14-27

May 18th– Chapters 28-41

May 25th– Chapters 42-53, Epilogue

Photo by Darren Lawrence on Unsplash

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  1. Phyllis May 8, 2021

    I just started reading, sitting in a busy MacDonald’s in an unfamiliar city. This book is breathtaking! It reminds me of The Jesus Storybook Bible, which I love. (Well, I love the text; the illustrations… not my favourite.) I so want to hear God’s voice of love for me. I’m also in the midst of reading 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb, so I’m kind of surrounded. It’s wonderful. 🙂 Thank you for choosing this book!

    1. Sarah Hilkemann May 10, 2021

      Phyllis, I love this! I love that God can whisper His love through the pages of this book in a McDonald’s- He can meet us anywhere. 🙂 I’m with you, Sara’s writing in this book is gorgeous!

  2. Kristi May 16, 2021

    Yes, thank you for choosing this book! I’m a little behind, but am loving this creative telling of the story of God’s pursuit of relationship with people. I like the way that Sara refers to people as ‘image bearers’ – it is too easy to forget how signficant that is. And I appreciate her descriptions of God’s love even in the stories of pain and suffering, like Job. This is exactly what I needed to refocus on the love and ‘belonging’ we find in our Creator.

    1. Sarah Hilkemann May 17, 2021

      Love this, Kristi! The book is rich (and so many stories) so it does feel like a book to linger with rather than rushing through. So don’t worry about feeling “behind”. 🙂

    2. Amanda Hutton May 19, 2021


      I 100% agree with you that the use of the words “image bearer” and “Author” bring a unique perspective to the Scriptures.

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