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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

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That no one would love us if they knew how we really were...what we were REALLY like.
Traylor
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.
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If you're a struggling Christian, and even if you're not, I highly recommend you read this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Giulia Young on August 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Have you ever opened a book and felt like the entire book was one written from your own heart you identified so deeply with it? Has a book ever grabbed your attention so much so that you had to call a friend and discuss the truths and stories that stirred your soul from within it?
I have. Your Secret name was that book.
When I opened the pages to Your Secret Name I began a journey that brought me on a course with the deepest emotions of my soul. It opened up feelings, emotions and old wounds I never knew I had been suppressing for years.
The book began by asking the age old question, "Who am I?" It spoke of how throughout the course of our life we are given names or labels that shape our choices, our future and our life. Many of these labels where placed on us through deep wounds from our own wrong choices in life to the wrong choices inflicted upon us from others.
Kary takes us on a thought provoking journey through his own life and through the Bible detailing how these given names are formed. Kary's journey in his own life is not one that he shallowly speaks on, Kary dives into the heart of his pain, he rips off his mask and takes us into a sacred place in his heart and exposes the struggles he went through to discover who he was in Christ. His story will grab hold of the hurting, the disengaged, the voiceless and the desperate and let them know that through their struggles there is hope. The reader will discover that there is a God who has a purpose and identity so powerful and so beautiful for them no matter who they are or where they come from, for He is everything they have been looking for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LindzLovesLit on August 27, 2010
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If you ask Kary Oberrunner, "What's in a name?" He'll probably say, "quite a lot." Oberrunner examines why each one of us is looking for the answer to the question "Who am I?" He concludes that society offers two answers: our birth name, usually chosen for the way it sounds, or in relation to a physical or emotional characteristic and our given name, the labels, titles and identities given to us by others. However, only God can reveal our true identity by telling us our Secret Name

Kary threads his own spiritual journey with that of Jacob. The result is a book that is chock-full of scriptural truth and the evidence of a life changed by a new name. He notes some interesting patterns in Biblical stories--for instance, have you ever thought about how many people changed their names along their faith journey? Why did Jesus sometimes call Peter "Peter" and at other times call him "Simon or Simon Peter?" You will read the story of Jacob/Israel from a fresh vantage point. Oberrunner also fearlessly chronicles his journey with a vulnerability that is uncommon for "Christian/Self-Help" genre. As he divulges his secrets, you'll keep turning pages.

It's an excellent read for personal growth or for use as a group study.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steven Elliott on January 2, 2011
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I didn't have the same reaction as the other smitten reviewers of this book. I'm suspicious of anything that advertises to transform my life. I did appreciate Kary Oberbrunner's honest retelling of his journey to an authentic relationship with God by finally learning to see himself through God's eyes. Personally, I thought the Jacob parallel was a little forced and at times distracting (though obviously there is much to be learned from the life of Jacob). And I am put off by the multi-media onslaught surrounding this release. Maybe I'm just cynical, and that is just the state of the art of publishing these days. Maybe some people will find valuable and legitimate help. It seems like everybody is looking to write or publish the next "Prayer of Jabez" or "Purpose-Driven Life."

I teach an adult Sunday School class, and we recently completed a study of what I called "The Hope of Heaven." As part of that series, we studied the Spirit's seven letters to the churches in Asia Minor. Of course, we covered the verse from which Kary Oberbrunner derives his title, Revelation 2:17 "To everyone who overcomes...I will give a white stone, and on the white stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it." Throughout the Bible, there are instances where the Lord changes or reveals a new name, and this naming redefines the person's relationship with God and becomes a milestone in their personal history. While it may be his "real"name, I'm not convinced that Israel is Jacob's secret, white-stone name of Revelation. Everybody knows Israel, and, while we may not understand the intimate significance that Jacob himself does, it is certainly no secret. The fact that Kary names his own secret name is also problematic for me.

But maybe that is quibbling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 2, 2011
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The great message of this book is this: Define yourself as God sees you, not by the labels or names you have been given by others or even yourself. For most of us this is a process because we've lived with those negative names for so long that they are hard to let go of. Oberbrunner helps the reader through the process as he tells his own journey of discovering his true identity in Christ, combined with the story of Jacob who was defined as a liar and deceiver but was given a new name (Israel) by the Lord. This book does a good job of revealing that names and their meanings are important to God and always have been in scripture.

The only word of caution I have to anyone reading this book is to not get caught up in the "secret name" game that can become a distraction. That is my only complaint about the book because I don't believe there is a great mystery or secret and at times I felt the focus on "secret" was overdone. I also had to question whether the "secret name" the author talks about is necessarily the same he references in Revelations 2:17 - the name on a white stone each believer will receive when they come before Christ someday. But that is just my opinion and doesn't detract from the important core message of the book to see ourselves as God sees us.

Most who read this book will probably not come away with a divine revelation and for some that may become a source of discouragement much like those who seek supernatural manifestations, signs and wonders then are disappointed when they don't happen. Instead, seek to identify the negative names you've been defined by, then ask God to show you who you really are in Him. It's likely His names for you are the opposite of those labels.
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Kary Oberbrunner left his day job to pursue his dream job - Igniting Souls. Through his writing, speaking, and coaching, he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here, and where they should invest their time and energy. Kary struggled finding his own distinct voice and passion.

As a young man, he suffered from severe stuttering, depression, and self-injury. Today a transformed man, Kary invests his time helping others achieve their true potential. He is the founder of Redeem the Day, which serves the business community, and Igniting Souls, which serves the non-profit community. He and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children and live in Columbus, Ohio. Connect at www.KaryOberbrunner.com.

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