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Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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 quest---a 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. TonyMorganLive.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
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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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I enjoyed reading “Your Secret name” It was so fascinating. I could hardly put it down, in fact i didn't . I read it all in one day. I really liked the idea of a secret name that God already knows and I have yet to find out. I have always loved mysteries and adventures and I love God’s Word. So having all of those genres combined was amazing!
Finding my secret name has truly been an audacious journey and though I haven't found it yet, I know that God knows the perfect time to reveal it to me. Also it made me come to terms with some of the given names that I have as well.
One of the things that stuck out to me was the fact that Eve was nameless until after the first sin. I have read Genesis quite a few times and never noticed that! Another thing I loved was the different names for God that men of the past have given Him, I feel like i was with them, on the same journey.
What an honor to be able to find my name just like David and Jesus and others! I also liked hearing the authors personal story and how God set him free from the bondage of names, and the lies that he told himself.
I have to be honest, when I received this book as a present for my 16th birthday, i was a little skeptical at first. I did not want a book for teens that says the same message as all the other mature books for teens say. Things like, you're beautiful, your loved, you will make a different in the world. Don't get me wrong, that’s a great message but i feel like that is what is told to us our whole life. In fact we hear it so much it’s not really life changing anymore. I feel like the people who tell us these things do not even really mean it. Its just a practiced trigger they pull whenever a teen comes to them for help. But this book said something completely different. Mr. Oberbrunner was giving us a different side of the message, a completely different view, talking to us from our point of view because he went through what a lot of us teens have gone through.
A lot of adults forget what it feels like to be a young adult and therefor tend to judge us. This book did not do this. This is a life changing book an one of those lives that was changed was mine. I highly recommend anyone that is a teenager to read this book!