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Called: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be Paperback – March 1, 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
"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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"Called: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be" is a must read book. Kary Oberbrunner has the task of telling us what we should be doing in our Christian walk. Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by Kyla Zenan
In a Christian circle, we often find ourselves under the impression that it is a duty to serve God; when in fact, it is our privilege. Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by E. Hoppe
I loved the first chapter of this book. I think as believers, we fail to be honest about what true discipleship is. Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by William T. Langrehr
Ever wonder what your purpose is in life? Ever wonder if you've lost your focus? Kary addresses this in the very beginning of this book. Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by S. Slagter
I just read the first chapter in Kary's book. His book exams a problem that many of us have or will face at some point in time. A stalled walk with Jesus. Not maturing? Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by R Lewis
Kary Oberbrunner, in this book, is writing about the next step for the emerging Christian. We've read Miller's thoughts on theology and now we are ready to put our hands to the... Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by Matthew Brown
I just finished reading the first chapter of this book and can't wait to get my hands on the full book and finish it up. Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by Josh S. King
Dr. Kary Oberbrunner has come out with another book called, interestingly enough, CALLED: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by D. Johnstone
Kary, has served the Christian Community well as he hits the "sweet spot" of Jesus' message. To follow Christ is a journey to the top of Everest! It is an adventure. Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by Daniel P. ODeens