We all have one–a Secret Name that is. The Bible tells us so. Yet few of us know ours. Ignorantly, we’re stuck, caught up in the “Name Game.”Using the story of the biblical patriarch Jacob as a backdrop, author Kary Oberbrunner calls us to stop accepting the world’s labels and start wrestling with God to discover our true identity. Jacob spent years living out the meaning of his earthly name: “deceiver.” Caught up in pretending to be someone he wasn’t, he was unaware that God would build a nation through him, unaware that Jesus would be one of his descendents, unaware of the lands he would inherit. Then he heard God speak his true name and the future God had for him unfolded. Oberbrunner reminds us that we’ll be unable to discern what God wants to build through us until we discover how God has seen us all along. In Your Secret Name, readers will find the courage to abandon what they know in order to become who they were born to be.
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About 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.
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
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
About the Author 207
What People are Saying About This
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
Most of us are on a questa 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 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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Amazing book. Check it out if you want to know what it would be like to have your identity in God.