About the Book
Author: Casey Cassady
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Living/Transformation
Release date: May 4, 2021
Casey Cassady is a young woman who, through Christ, overcame a lifestyle of partying, alcohol, promiscuity, toxic relationships, rejection, shame, guilt, regret, and probably anything else you can think of. Now free, Casey is using her new life, new future, and new passions to help other women and girls find their way out of the brokenness and bondage they were never meant for. Determined to live freely from her past, she uses poetry, prayer, and the word of God to draw us deeper into the healing process.
Chain-ged: Finding Freedom in Christ through Poetry, Principles, and Prayer is an artistic, soulful, and authentic work that teaches who God is, His character, and why He can be trusted with our fractured souls. Casey shows that as you grow spiritually and surrender to God, He will help you find your way to live a deeper revelation of who you are and the beautiful future ahead of you. Each chapter presents a poem, principle, practice, and prayer designed to help you work through your thoughts, emotions, new knowledge, and how you might respond.
The process of healing and growing into who God intentionally created you to be is not an easy journey. But the more you are able to surrender to God and allow Him to transform your mind, your heart, and, ultimately, your life, every step forward with Him, the good and the not-so-good, will be worth it in the end.
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About the Author
Casey Cassady is a born-again believer in Christ, author, and poet who is passionate about helping others to find hope, healing, and wholeness through her poetical testimony, wisdom, and gift of exhortation. Chain-ged is the first book of what she hopes to be many in her Finding Freedom in Christ book and poetry series. Some of the poetry in this book has been brought alive into spoken word format on her YouTube channel so viewers can connect with her through the shared experiences that we all, unfortunately, go through. Casey is currently pursuing a master’s degree of Christian Ministry with Oral Roberts University and resides in Fresno, CA.
Today, I’m privileged to have a Q&A interview with Casey Cassady, author of Chain-ged.
Q: What advice would you give your pre-published self?
- God can use your gift of writing to the level of your willingness; and there is no limit to what God can do.
- It is normal to have days that you don’t feel like writing, and if you need to take a break, then that’s okay. Be kind to yourself. But on a general level, you must also be consistent and intentional about making time to write. There will never be the perfect time to write a book, so you must consciously make it a priority.
- If you believe that writing a book and/or having a writing career is a God-given calling/assignment, you must perceive and approach it as a responsibility.
- There are people out there who are desperate to read your words and hear your voice, even if they aren’t aware of that yet. God has given you a gift for a reason. Never be afraid to use it. You are impacting lives, challenging the status quo, and changing the world.
- No matter how much you share or teach in this book, always be a learner. Learn about the writing and publishing process as much as possible; and be open to what God is teaching you about yourself during this experience.
Q: What subject matters do you write about and which is your favorite?
A: Generally, I write about the pain and reward that comes with choosing to either live a life “of the world” or live a life of righteousness. I write about God being love, and about the hope and victory that is offered in Christ. In “Chain-ged” specifically, I talk about both spiritual and practical things. For example, I talk about the trinity, and what it looks like to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. But I also discuss topics such as relationship, heart break, familial dysfunction, the importance of having a Christian community and mentorship, and healthy decision making. My favorite subject matter to talk about is my experience of God transforming me and my life. I know that not everyone has all of the same life experiences, but I do believe that we all often form the same thoughts and feelings from what we experience. In that sense, we can often relate to one another – and I want my material to be able to deeply resonate with readers.
Q: What is your favorite part of your newest released book?
A: My favorite part of my book is the testimonial poetry. I have one poem per chapter included in my book, and also have chosen a couple of them to do spoken word videos for (and more to come). I think these testimonial poems are my favorite part because they demonstrate a realness and normality to the common struggles of darkness, while searching for our identities in Christ. I feel that they can effectively give hope to others, so that they know they are not alone – and are then better able to begin healing from their pasts.
Q: If you quote Scripture, do you have a preferred Bible version? If so, what?
A: I do! I generally prefer the NLT (New Living Translation) version, and mainly use NLT when I quote Scripture in my book. The NLT study Bible I use, especially now that I am in a Masters of Christian Ministry program, is also very enjoyable and helpful. When I compare Scripture to other versions, my go-to versions to compare with and study, are AMP (Amplified Bible) and TPT (The Passion Translation).
Q: Tell us why you wrote your current book.
A: Learning through others about the importance of pursuing godly assignments and being encouraged to allow God to use me through my gift of writing, is what really helped motivate me to write this book. My passion though, is rooted from knowing that many people are in a place that I was in – a life of sin, bad-decision making, lukewarm and/or hypocritical Christianity, and do not know how to get to a deeper place in their walk with Christ. They need hope, healing, and wholeness through discovering who they are in Christ. Although I feel as though “identity” is a never-ending journey, I want my book to provide readers the tools and knowledge that I have gained from my experiences of brokenness so that they can find freedom in Christ and begin to live more according to the Word of God (although imperfection is expected). These tools, and this knowledge, can allow readers to learn how be “unstuck” in their walk in Christ, and bring them more fully into their destinies.
Thank you, Casey, for sharing with us today. And may God bless your work.
More from Casey
“Chain-ged: Finding Freedom in Christ through Poetry, Principles, and Prayer” is a women-focused, Christ-centered book that will take you on a poetic, authentic, and practical journey of spiritual growth and healing. Each chapter’s testimonial poem, biblical teaching, prophetic prayer, and practice section are themed to focus on various roles that God has in our lives: God is Father, God is Son, God is Spirit, God is Creator, God is Savior, God is King, God is Healer, and God is Lover.
I wrote “Chain-ged” to demonstrate a sense of relatability to readers; and to provide readers with the tools, knowledge, and wisdom needed to gain freedom in Christ. This freedom is found as identity in Christ is discovered. It is then that hope, healing, and wholeness comes, and purpose may be lived.
Readers will be able to benefit from both spiritual and practical aspects. For example, there is content that discusses the importance of having conversations with the Holy Spirit, and what that can look like. Other chapters focus on relationships (both romantic and familial), and others focus more on the importance of community, mentorship, accountability, and healthy decision-making processes.
I truly want readers to know the things that I wish I would have known sooner – most of which I had to “learn the hard way”. If I can be used by God to help redirect people onto the path they were created for, I will be confident that I am living in my calling.
“Wounded Warrior” Spoken Word Video: https://youtu.be/DSxoqbUZJ-A
“Expired” Spoken Word Video: https://youtu.be/Lu37qH-qyJ8
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To celebrate her tour, Casey is giving away a gift basket containing a hardback copy of the book, $50 Amazon gift card, and a copy of “Prayer C.H.A.T. Journal” Prayer Journal by Jessica A. Brown!!
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Rita Wray says
Great post, thank you for sharing.
Susan Beatty says
You are so welcome. I’m sure Casey Cassady will love to hear this. Thanks for reading!
Debbie P says
This sounds like a great book!
Susan Beatty says
This sounds inspiring!
Susan Beatty says
Yes! Can’t wait to ready it.
megan allen says
This sounds like an amazing story! I cant wait to dive in!
Susan Beatty says
I hope you enjoy it!