Beth Redman’s latest book God Knows My Name is her bravest yet. The co-writer of ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ talks in sometimes distressing detail about her background and reveals a traumatic past. But this is not a ‘misery memoir’. Redman dwells surprisingly little on her own pain, but writes with strength and authority about how she learned to call on Jesus and allow him to restore her. Like her previous books, this is aimed primarily at women and is written in a chatty, friendly style. Drawing on scripture and her own personal insights, she writes of God as helper, defender and restorer, describing a loving father who shapes our character and sees our choices.

She encourages the reader to learn how to lean on God, whatever our past holds. Apart from an editing mistake early on which threw me slightly, this is a hugely inspiring and comforting book.