While there is truth in the idea that our past shapes our future, the gospel is all about the counter-intuitive promise that God is shaping us right now toward God's vision of who we will become. It is not our...
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While there is truth in the idea that our past shapes our future, the gospel is all about the counter-intuitive promise that God is shaping us right now toward God's vision of who we will become. It is not our past that makes us into the image of God; God's redeeming love does that. In God, who we are not yet is shaping who we become. Appealing to anyone drawn to a deeper understanding of their own story and a richer sense of God s transforming presence, this book will have special resonance for people at turning points in their lives. Career changes, loss of a loved one, graduation, illness, divorce, birth of a child, entering middle or later years: Life is filled with turning points at which we feel compelled to tell our story in a new and different way. Each chapter focuses on a gospel passage, leading to a reflection on a significant point in the author's life which uncovers deeper and more personal meaning in the biblical text. Questions conclude each chapter, engaging readers to look at their own lives good and bad and find God, experiencing the joy, surprise, and healing of God's future rewriting the past."
Jake Owensby is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. Previously, Jake served as the dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana, and led congregations in Florida, Alabama, and Missouri. Before answering the call to ordained ministry, Jake was a philosophy professor and taught classes in the history of philosophy and a variety of introductory and advanced topics. Jake has been married to his wife, Joy, for almost thirty years. They have a daughter in college, a son in the United States Marine Corps, a son in high school, and golden retriever who enjoys a comfortable retirement. Alexandria, Louisiana, is their home.