Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be

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We hear that question almost every day. Yet many of us don't know who we really are. We spend so much time trying to meet the expectations of others and overcome the pressures we put on ourselves that we forget how much more God has in store for us.

The biblical patriarch Jacob spent years living out the meaning of his earthly name: "deceiver." Only when he stopped accepting the names the world pinned on him did he hear God speak his true name....

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Overview

We hear that question almost every day. Yet many of us don't know who we really are. We spend so much time trying to meet the expectations of others and overcome the pressures we put on ourselves that we forget how much more God has in store for us.

The biblical patriarch Jacob spent years living out the meaning of his earthly name: "deceiver." Only when he stopped accepting the names the world pinned on him did he hear God speak his true name. Only then could he understand the vision God had for his life.

Using Jacob's story as a powerful backdrop, Kary Oberbrunner calls us to abandon what we know so we can become who we were born to be Jacob was unaware that God would build a nation through him. He was unaware that Jesus, the promised Redeemer, would be are of his descendents. He was unaware of the lands he would one day inherit. Until he heard his Heavenly Father whisper his Secret Name.

You might be unaware of God's plans for you. You might not be able to fathom what God wants to build through you. You can hardly imagine the lands he wants you to inherit. Until you truly wrestle with God. Until you hear God Whisper. Your Secret Name.

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Peaceful is my secret name. It's something I've struggled with for years. Thanks to Kary Oberbrunner I was reminded of the power of identity and my position in Christ. If you want to know who you are and who God says you are, I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Your Secret Name.

— Renee Johnson, The Devotional Diva, is the author of Faithbook of Jesus and creator of Throw Mountains, a pro-church speaking tour for adults in their twenties and thirties and the churches who love them. www.devotionaldiva.com. — Renee Johnson, , Author

Kary, the cool guy with the girl's name, sucks you into the mystery of names. This book examines how labels can subtract from a person's well-being, how titles prompt us to judge a person's worth and how God's names assign a secure and transforming identity. You'll never look at names the same way again.

—Sarah Cunningham, author of Picking Dandelions, and blogger. www.sarahcunningham.org — Sarah Cunningham, , Author

“Finding our identity in the Cross of Christ is one of the most freeing moments in a believer’s life and Kary knows it’s also one of the most important moments. Kary has written a book that every believer needs to read because every believer needs to know their secret name and find the freedom in that name.”

—Shawn Wood, teaching pastor at Seacoast Church and author of 200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One and Wasabi Gospel. — Shawn Wood, , Pastor and Author

Most of us are on a quest—a quest to prove 'them' wrong, carve our own path, and make a name for ourselves. In Kary's new book he asks a disarming question: “Why get caught up in this name game when we already have a Secret Name fashioned by God himself?” Brace yourself as you get ready to discover yours.
—Tony Morgan, pastor, author, strategist. Tony Morgan Live.com — Tony Morgan, , Pastor and Author

Finding life's purpose often begins with the stunning revelation that we are loved. But our vision must then move quickly beyond ourselves lest we drown in the subtle quicksand of narcissism. 'To find our life we must lose it' by doing something beautiful for others that allows them to hear the whisper that they too are beloved...especially those who have been told their whole lives that they are anything but loveable. Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner. www.thesimpleway.org — Shane Claiborne, , Author And Activist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310285465
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 370,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kary Oberbrunner, MDiv, DMin, founded Redeem the Day, a movement connecting people to a process that ignites their souls on fire. Author of The Fine Line, Called, and The Journey Towards Relevance, Kary serves as a pastor at Grace Church in Ohio. He and his soul mate, Kelly, have three kids. In his free time he enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing disc golf.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gentle Whisper 9

Part I What's in a Name?

1 A World Without Names 17

2 The Statue Maker 29

3 The Name Game 37

Part II Accepting the Present

4 Puppets and Pawns 49

5 Imposter Syndrome 59

6 Till We Have Names 71

7 Three Heartbreaks 83

Part III Embracing the Future

8 Grace Interrupted 95

9 Mirrors Tell Half Truths 103

10 Packing Your Suitcase 111

11 In the Camp of Angels 117

Part IV Your Secret Name

12 Pushing Through the Past 129

13 The Divine Wound 137

14 The White Stone 147

15 Sacred Spaces 157

Epilogue: Firsts and Lasts 171

Appendices

1 Discovering Your Secret Name for Yourself 177

2 Extras for Pastors, Teachers, Leaders, and Counselors 179

3 The ABCs of Your Identity in Christ 188

4 Discussion Points 190

5 Our Secret Fast for Your Secret Name 199

Notes 203

Acknowledgments 206

About the Author 207

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Life-Changing Book

    Every once in a while you read a book, and you just know that your life will never be the same. It feels like a personal message, meant just for you. And it becomes more than a book: it's an experience. I'd like to share my experience with you.

    Each of us, whether consciously or unconsciously, is seeking our purpose in life - our identity. We want to know who we are and why our life matters in the grand scheme of things. As we go through life, we are given labels or Given Names that describe how others see us; and then we often spend the rest of our lives trying to live up to or to live down those names. But God has a Secret Name for each of us, a name that describes how He, our Creator, see us. Discovering our Secret Name is a journey that leads us to a deeper relationship with God and the beginning of truly understanding His plan for us.

    As Author Kary Oberbrunner compared his journey to finding his Secret Name with the story of Jacob in the book of Genesis, I could not help but see similarities in my own life and realize I'd spent too long "playing the Name Game." But by the end of the book, I too had learned my Secret Name. And I will never be the same.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 4, 2012

    Life changing!

    Amazing book. Check it out if you want to know what it would be like to have your identity in God.

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