“I do not think Jesus taught us to focus on what will happen after we die,” says Jake Owensby. “I believe that Jesus came to teach us how to live and love in this life. Living a life of compassion and seeking the well-being of our neighbor gives us a foretaste of what life after this life will be.”
In A Resurrection Shaped Life: Dying and Rising on Planet Earth Bishop Jake Owensby, fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, leads us through a re-examination of the biblical concept of resurrection and explains how we can begin to experience resurrection in our ordinary life on earth through honest reflection, repentance, and forgiveness to a new life of self-acceptance.
A Resurrection Shaped Life explains how we can begin to experience resurrection by:
• Growing beyond our past.
• Examining the meaning of suffering.
• Recovering from shame and blame.
• Mending loss and sorrow.
• Pursuing forgiveness, passion, and justice.
“It made me remember what kind of human I long to be—and why I
can’t quit Jesus. Read A Resurrection-Shaped Life and fall in love
again with God—and with hope.”
—Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power
of Giving Thanks
Jake Owensby, (Ph.D., D.D.), is the author of four books including A Resurrection Shaped Life. He is the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. Before his election as Bishop in 2012, he served as Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport. Prior to that, he was rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri and St. Stephen’s in Huntsville, Alabama, and assistant rector for Christian Formation at St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, Florida. Owensby is a graduate of the School of Theology at Sewanee, and was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in the Diocese of Florida. He has three adult children and lives in Alexandria, Louisiana with his wife, Joy, and rescue pup, Gracie. He blogs about looking for God in messy places at JakeOwensby.com.
A Resurrection Shaped Life: Dying and Rising on Planet Earth
By Jake Owensby
Paperback ISBN: 9781501870811/ $16.99
eBook ISBN: 9781501870828/ $16.99
Available from Abingdon Press