Loved as I Am

An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus

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Publication date: November 3, 2014

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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.

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594715464

Imprint: Ave Maria Press


Loved as I Am Focuses on:


Whether you struggle with addiction, a painful past, or a lie from Satan, there is always forgiveness and opportunities for redemption; this is what Heidland shows us, using her own story, Scripture, and practical advice and reassurance.


Healing from wounds is not a one-time step, but a process. Heidland describes how love and comfort set her on the path to her wounds being healed, and ultimately leading her into freedom.


Heidland succinctly states, “People are meant to be loved, not fixed.” She explains how Jesus' perfect love does not constrain or limit us, but as he shares our experiences and pain with us, provides a level of love that brings us back to spiritual life.

  • “Be prepared for a life-changing encounter.”

    “Sr. Miriam is an authentic witness of Jesus’ irresistible love. With vulnerability, honesty and beauty, she invites each of us to experience the Lord’s astonishing love—just as we are. Be prepared for a life-changing encounter.”

    Bob Schuchts
    Author of Be Healed

  • “Powerful insights and lingering hope.”

    “I am convinced this little book will change many lives. The rare combination of inspiring witness, relevant scriptural reflection, and razor-sharp commentary offers powerful insights and lingering hope. Like watching a beautiful sunset, you may race through this book and then not want to finish it!”

    Brian Butler
    Dumb Ox Ministries

  • “Heartfelt testimony of her journey to healing.”

    “Loved as I Am is Sr. Miriam’s heartfelt testimony of her journey to healing and wholeness in Christ. This book will speak to anyone who is searching for meaning in their own lives.”

    Fr. Bryce Sibley
    Pastor and Chaplain
    Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center
    University of Louisiana-Lafayette

  • “A gripping testimony and advice book all in one!”

    “Sr. Miriam James has written a gripping testimony and advice book all in one. She unabashedly pinpoints (from her own pre-nun experience and conversion) the multiple sicknesses in our culture (and therefore our lives) and how to cure them.

    Loved as I Am speaks in a voice that is simple and clear. Sr. Miriam is intimately familiar with the assumptions, values, behaviors, hopes and dreams of today's young adults. Her message is none other than this: God's unconditional, saving love is for you, and how it can lead you from self-destructive patterns to the true passion, joy and peace that He believes you deserve.”

    Sr. Helena Burns, F.S.P.
    Author of He Speaks to You

  • “Sister Miriam James has blessed the Church with her powerful testimony.”

    “In Loved as I Am, Sister Miriam James has blessed the Church with her powerful testimony of the victory of faith, hope, and love over the doubt, despair, and lust that casts its shadow over so many souls. Her inspiring and authentic witness is proof that God wants to write his own powerful story of redemption in each of our lives.”

    Jason Evert
    Author of Theology of the Body for Teens

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