Looking for God in Messy Places: A Book About Hope

Life is messy. We can get discouraged by setbacks, overwhelmed by busyness, and shaken by worry. Hope is the power that gets us out of bed in the morning and gives us the courage to face adversity. Looking for God in Messy Places by Jake Owensby is a book about hope. How to find it. How to practice it. How to grow in it. Hope begins when we recognize that God is in this mess with us.

A Resurrection Shaped Life

God’s love raises us from the grave. Our final grave and the graves we may inhabit now: sorrow, resentment, self-blame, shame, and remorse. This book shares how we can open ourselves to God’s life-transforming love and lean into a new kind of life. A resurrection shaped life.

Your Untold Story

When we tell our own story, we can discover that God has been walking with us all along. And we recognize ourselves as the beloved child of God. This book helps readers tell their own stories and discover God’s love for themselves.

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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