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Your Secret Name: Discovering Who God Created You to Be

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In Your Secret Name, popular author Kary Oberbrunner takes you on an inward journey past cliches to discover the vision God has for your life. Using the story of the biblical patriarch Jacob as a backdrop, Oberbrunner will help you find the courage to abandon what you know so you can become who you were born to be.
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Zondervan (first published August 20th 2010)
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Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a much more balanced read on the subject of finding your own identity than the book 'Becoming me'. This was because it was firmly established in the Bible using the story of Jacob and Esau as a guideline. It was an easy read and very helpful in restoring confidence and identity to its readers. Warmly recommended. Helpful read by someone who openly expresses his own failures and problems leaving nothing out. You respect him as a counsellor and teacher because he has been to the depths hi ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book for free on my Kindle just to see if it was any good (sorry, I think the free offer has passed). Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The book is honest and raw. It came straight from the heart and soul of the author. I love that!

The premise of the book is that we all have a secret name that God knows us by. Of course, we all have birth names assigned to us by our parents. We also all have "given names" assigned to us throughout our lives. Given names are names such
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, christianity
Flat. Too many biblical quotes and not enough insightful commentary. Very little I can take away from this.
Wendy Goerl
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was...disappointing. The title says "DISCOVERING who God created you to be," which led me to expect an emphasis on what one can do to find their secret name and recognize it when it appears. Instead, most of the book bounces between a rambling account of everything that went wrong in his youth and interjections of what feels like a sermon on the Biblical accounts of Jacob leading up to his new name. In a 200-page book, he spends half a page describing the discovery of his name, and precious ...more
Rick Presley
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A worthy addition to the genre of Christian motivational self-help books. The 3 stars reflects my particular stage of life more than the book itself. Had I read this 20 or 30 years ago it would likely have been a 5 star book. I've been following Kary online for years now and am finally getting around to reading his books. I'd highly recommend this one for those in need of motivational self-help from a Christian perspective. ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Your secret name has opened my eyes to who God has created me to be. I am slowly moving away from the lies I have believed about myself for years and am moving closer to embracing God love for me and allowing Him to open my eyes. Excellent book!
Margaret Leigh
As an agnostic, who is unsure whether a personal god exists, I found this book an interesting perspective on the search for significance and self-worth. I enjoyed following the author's personal journey of discovering his authentic self and sense of worth.

Kary Oberbrunner pulls no punches in describing his life, his personal pain and the methods he used to overcome them. The book is a strong testament to his sincere faith in God.

I disagree with the author's arguments for why people deny god, or
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was alright. I think that because it was written for a wide audience - from long-time Christians to atheists - it was not as meaty as it could have been for my taste. However, because of it's message I would quickly recommend this to a younger Christian. (Not too young, he talks about cutting a lot.)

He writes in an easy to follow style and engages by flipping back and fourth between his own story and that of the Biblical patriarch Jacob. I tend to not like too much flipping between ti
Hannah Corson
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
It just wasn't a book I connected with very much. I LOVE the premise of the book, and I really enjoyed reading the author's personal story, and I appreciated the last chapter on the names of God.

Looking at the other reviews for this book I think you either connect with it, or you don't :)
Loreli Cockram
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Good ideas about identity as related to the name God gives you versus the name you're given. Easy read and concept is understandable and relatable. Kary is very open about his own compelling story, but also uses it as a tool to pull you through the book and into deeper understanding. ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I guess I was expecting something life changing from reading this book. I heard the author speak once, and it was pretty great. This book didn't really do anything for me though. I must not be at "that" place in my life. I think I'm actually past the point where I may have needed to hear it. ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Hit so close to home it was scary. Should be for most readers though. Loved the rawness with which the Author wrote. Straight from the heart. Could not put this book down. Loved it!
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Okay read. Not sure of the final point of the book. Do you actually have a literal secret name in the kingdom or is your secret name the meaning of discovering who you are in Christ? Hmmm...
Teresa Solomon
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Something a bit more introspective and spiritual. Enjoyed revisiting Jacob and Esau biblical passages as well as learning about Kary's name struggle and the road to his "secret name." ...more
Dvora Elisheva
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The message is incredibly important. I think we often forget that we are called to be who God made us to be, not what people expect us to be
Anna Eynaud
Good book, insightful and honest
Judee Howard
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I first took the workshop associated with this book. The workshop was life-changing for me. The book was a great read as a reminder to what had been taught and learned.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend.......and also take the test on the website!
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Interesting book on discovering one's true identity, the one God has known since before each of us was born. ...more
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