Welcome to the Big Finale of the Your Secret Name Read-Along!! You did it, kiddo! I’m so proud of you! Lots of really, really cool God stories came out of this thing. What an honor to be a part of it all!
At the end of this post you can find out how to win some AWESOME prizes!! But first, a letter written just for YOU from Your Secret Name author, Kary Oberbrunner:
Welcome to the New World.
Before time began God knew–at this very moment–that you’d be reading this:
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
We’d like to applaud you. Not many people are this courageous–bold enough to explore who God created them to be. Only when we see the truth about ourselves and the truth about God, are we able to understand the purpose of our lives and the divine destiny He’s called us to.
Far too many people prefer a distant and detached God. It’s less messy this way. And because of this, there is little transformational work going on in their hearts.
God longs to engage you in a deep and personal relationship. At every turn in your life–the triumphant and the tragic ones–He’s been inviting you to lean into Him.
He desires to grant you Your Secret Name. And until you discover it, something will always feel just a little “off.” If you’re honest with yourself you probably have a myriad of emotions in addition to a number of questions. Like most humans you’ve probably been taught some lies regarding this angst–to mask it, ignore it, and stuff it–to straighten up and march in line.
God wants more.
He wants–YOU. All of you. Your past, your future, and most importantly–your present. So stop running. You’ve got nothing to prove and no one to impress.
Relax. You’re safe. He already knows what you’re thinking.
You don’t need to pretend or do anything. You only need to be. He’s been waiting for this moment for a very long time.
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
A huge thank-you to all of you and to Kary for writing the book and hanging out with us and encouraging us along the way! And NOW, we’d like to thank you in a more tangible way by giving you an opportunity to win some COOL STUFF.
Here’s what you’ve got to choose from:
1. a signed copy of Your Secret Name (for you or a friend)
4. a $15 iTunes gift card
7. a $5 Starbucks gift card
8. a $5 Starbucks gift card
9. a copy of Ann Voskamp’s best-selling book, one thousand gifts
10. a copy of the scent of water by Naomi Zacharias
That’s 10 sweet prizes!! And here’s how you can win one! (You may leave multiple comments if applicable. In each comment, tell me the # of the prize you’d like to win.)
1. Leave a comment if you bought the book, Your Secret Name.
2. Leave a comment if you read the entire book.
3. Leave a comment if you wrote your own post about the book at least once during the read-along.
4. Leave a comment answering this question: One thing God showed me through this book is __________________.
5. If you haven’t read the book, you get a chance too! Leave a comment suggesting a book for our next read-along.
Thanks so much, friends! I’ve enjoyed hearing your thoughts and seeing what God is up to in your lives. Happy Tuesday and Happy Winning!
(You have until Thursday at noon to enter. U.S. addresses only please.)