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About the Author

Dr. Kary Oberbrunner is founder of Redeem the Day Ministries. He earned his M.Div. in counseling and his D.Min. in transformational leadership. He serves as Director of Grace Institute and Pastor of Discipleship and Leadership Development at the Grace Brethren Church of Powell, Ohio.
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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: BMH Books (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884690873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884690870
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Perry Brown on March 9, 2007
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Dr. Oberbrunners frank, open style is a perfect fit for the subject matter of this book, authentic discipleship. Unlike so much of the other watered down, feel good, prosperity discipleship that is offered up today this author has the courage and scriptural knowledge to clearly define the components of authentic discipleship, and a measurement paridigm as well. I appreciate how he honestly shares his own ups and downs in his spiritual walk through out the book. After my first read through it I am now using it as a study guide in my mens group. I have seen tremendous growth in all of us as a result of the dialog the book brings forth.
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Pastor Kary's book is a must-read for every born-again believer. He takes the Word of God and describes the four components of discipleship- knowing, doing, being and reproducing. Anyone who wants to be a whole-hearted follower of Jesus Christ should read this incredibly well-written book.
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God will truly bless the minds and hearts of all who will read this book. Having known Kary Oberbrunner since his college days, I can attest to the fact that this is a young man who lives what he writes. His personal passion to become all that God has called him to be is exciting and contagious. Kary's closing comments from the book reflect his personal passion for Christ and His Church: "We need to recognize our role in God's grand plan. If we fail to see the main plot [Matthew 28: 19, 20], then we will fail to understand our role. I am humbled to know I am part of a much larger story. I am humbled that God has commissioned me to reproduce His seed within the hearts of others." Thanks, Kary. This book will plant many seeds that will bear fruit for the glory of God.

Dr. Larry N. Chamberlain, President and CEO

Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc.
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This book achieves the goal of being both entertaining and practical. The author's style is very conversational and relaxed, which makes the book an easy read. Yet, at the same time, Kary Oberbrunner outlines a clear path on how to continually improve as a follower of Christ.
The four legs of discipleship - Knowing, Being, Doing, Reproducing - are clearly explained, and Kary provides a straightforward guide on how to continually improve in these four areas. This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to improve his or her walk with Christ and truly grow as one of His disciples.
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In the process of starting a new church this book has been great in helping both believers and people just checking out this God thing to know their calling. It' a fun, yet practical read, that has taken my understanding of discipleship to new depths. Great book. You will have to check out his other book too, The Journey Towards Relevance.
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Last night in my youth group, we talked about true discipleship, about how in Jesus' day, it meant following your rabbi so closely that you literally would 'be covered in the dust of your rabbi.' Lately, we've talked a lot about how typical American Christianity is not very much like what Jesus called us to and how very few of us truly live out genuine commitment to Jesus and true discipleship. What does it mean to truly be called by Jesus, to be one of His, to follow Him, to be a disciple?

Kary Oberbrunner is a pastor and author who has written a book about discipleship entitled "Called: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be." He begins the book by comparing physical childbirth and spiritual rebirth, and talking about how while a newborn is given all the physical care and help it needs (at least in most cases), spiritually we fall short in that area oftentimes. Too many people get saved, and then wonder what's next, and find nobody to answer that for them in the way they need it, so they wind up left hanging and eventually burn out spiritually. But Jesus called us to be disciples, and to make disciples, so something is seriously wrong when we remain baby Christians or when we allow others to stagnate as spiritual infants.

Kary seeks to untap what true discipleship, true calling, truly finding out purpose as believers really means. Along the way, he admits that he doesn't know all of the answers, but that there are many more answers biblically than we tend to show in our churches and in our individual lives. Jesus wants all of us...complete surrender...total commitment...true devotion...absolute following. He wants us to know Him, to hear Him, and to be like Him. And He believes we can do it, but leaves the responsibility to us to choose whether we will or not.
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For what it's worth, here is my review of the portion of this book which I have read. I have not met the author but my pastor is a good friend of his. I also subscribe to the author's email newsletter and I have been greatly encouraged by his articles. This book makes me think of my favorite quote by Teddy Roosevelt:

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, ...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

The reason that this book reminds me of this powerful quote is because I meet so many fearful people who can't imagine doing great things. But God calls us to an adventure of epic proportion. We need to get stretched, face danger, face our own fears...we need to grow. Perhaps that is what discipleship is - growth. Transforming, life-altering, mind-renewing growth. Growth that matters. Growth that leads us to become who we were born to be.
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