Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Discover Your Secret Name" Read-Along

Another thing I want to do with this blog is share some of the books I'm reading, and one way I'd like to do this is by participating in blogger "read-alongs" every now and then. Marla Taviano, who recently did a "Radical Read-Along" for David Platt's book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, is doing a new read-along starting in January. This time, she and her readers will be exploring the book Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be by Kary Oberbrunner. So I'll be reading along!

Here's the blurb from the back cover:

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.
And this is from an editorial review:

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)
I'm a little old to be finding life's purpose, but I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't wandering aimlessly most of the time, like everyone else. Part of my problem is that I've always known my purpose, yet I've always denied it, and I'm still denying it to this day. So, maybe this book will help me there. (If that's the case, I'll probably hate it.)

Anyway, if you're interested in reading along with me and others, head on over to Marla's blog and let her know that you'll be joining us. You can order the book from amazon.com, or you can go to the book's publisher, Zondervan, and spend $10 for the book, the audio book, and shipping. Or you can go to your local bookstore and order it there!

Anyway, another thing I want to do on my blog is write about the whole confused "spiritual journey" thing in my life. So I think my posts on this book will provide a good way to start doing that.

If you're interested, Marla provides more details (timeline, etc.) here. Please let me know in the comments if you'll be reading along, too!

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