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 Gods 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 livesgood and badand find God, experiencing the joy, surprise, and healing of God's future rewriting the past.
Jake Owensby was consecrated as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana in 2012, after serving as dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport. Raised among the working poor in the rural South, he went on to earn a PhD in philosophy from Emory University and taught at Jacksonville University before entering the School of Theology at Sewanee. He has served in the dioceses of Florida, Alabama, and Missouri. The author of Connecting the Dots: A Hope-Inspired Life
(self-published in 2013), he blogs at PelicanAnglican.blogspot.com
and lives in Alexandria, Louisiana.
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