Your Untold Story

Tales of a Child of God

Jake Owensby

Jan/2018, 128 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640650046

• Popular author and HuffPost blogger
• Good for use by individuals or groups

Whether we realize it or not, how we respond to life's opportunities and challenges, to other people, and to ourselves depends upon the stories we tell about ourselves. Too often, we tell distorted stories drawn from painful experiences or internalized from others' critical voices. These fake stories diminish our dreams, damage our relationships, and fill us with fear and self-blame.

Research shows that people yearn for personal experiences of the holy, and Jake Owensby begins by inviting readers to re-imagine Jesus as friend and lover. He then turns to encouraging readers to hear and tell how Jesus would express their story and the stories of others. Jesus' story about us is our true story: the gospel, the story of the beloved. It helps us experience the richness of life, see the stranger as friend, and make a difference in the world.

Useful for both personal spiritual practice and group studies, Your Untold Story will help expand the soul by engaging imagination and deepening relationships among group members. It is a discipleship tool that will aid any individual or group of spiritually minded people. The missional church requires well-formed disciples; here is a resource to help in that process.

Audience: adults, study groups, preachers—sermon preparation, Bible/lectionary study, personal discernment

Jake Owensby was consecrated the fourth Bishop of Western Louisiana in 2012, having served congregations in the Episcopal Church since 1997. Before entering seminary, he was a philosophy professor in a small college, a teacher devoted to helping students discover truth for themselves. As a bishop, he is still that sort of teacher. Owensby is author of multiple books and a blog, Looking for God in Messy Places. His podcasts are available on SoundCloud and at iTunes.

Part One: Reimagining Jesus
1. All They're Going to Get is You
2. Keeping Our Word
3. In Our Very Bones
4. Jesus and Nietzsche Walk into a Bar
5. Jesus, Clark Kent, and Quintin Tarantino

Part Two: Retelling Your Story
6. Hearing Grace
7. Forgiving Yourself
8. Boiled Shrimp and Broken Toys
9. Restoring Our Sanity
10. Stretching Each Other

Part Three: Family, Friends, and Other Strangers
11. Being Normal Almost Killed Me
12. Ugly Love
13. Not Those People
14. Walls and Bridges
15. Claudia, Her Sisters, and the Ascension
16. Lies and Secrets and Funerals

Part Four: The Sense of an Ending
17. Even This
18. A Happier Place
19. Dirty Laundry
20. Until Morning

A. Scripture Index
B. Scripture Stories


  • discipleship
  • Jesus
  • gospel

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