Jake Owensby is a writer and speaker whose work focuses on the spirituality of everyday life. He is the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana and author of five books. His titles include Looking for God in Messy Places (coming in the Spring of 2021), A Resurrection Shaped Life, and Your Untold Story. Before entering ordained ministry, he earned the PhD in philosophy from Emory University and served as a professor at Jacksonville University. He has always been interested in how people find meaning and purpose in their ordinary lives. And he sees himself as a kind of midwife, helping his readers and those who participate in his workshops give birth to their own sense of what makes life worth living. Jake has been married to Joy since 1983. Their adult children are Andrew, Meredith, Patrick, and daughter-in-law Haley. Addi and Bennet are their grandchildren. Gracie their rescue pup is their constant companion.

To schedule him to speak at events, to preach, or to lead retreats or workshops contact his assistant Holly Davis for details at holly@epiwla.org. You can contact him with comments about posts or books at bishopjake@epiwla.org. Check him out on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are some kind words about his writing:

“Jake Owensby’s A Resurrection-Shaped Life took my breath away—each personal story, each story from the Bible, and each story of our conflicted days proclaims the truly good news that healing, freedom, justice, and joy can be learned by walking the way of Jesus. There are myriad books on following Jesus, but none like this one. Every page sings with intelligence, insight, and inspiration. 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

“Bishop Owensby is one of the finest thinkers and writers on today’s scene, religious or secular. I read everything he publishes, and I learn something, think deeply, and am moved every time I do.” —The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

“…a splash of cold water, refreshing and thought provoking. This book will make you pray and reflect and gives context for the trajectory of the Christian journey: not a bullet-straight path to heaven but a continual dying and rebirth in a fragile soul, beloved of the Father. You will finish it challenged and reassured.” —Janis Owens, author of American Ghost

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