Life is messy and graceful, harsh and tender, painful and nurturing. If you’re looking for the Holy, that’s where you’ll find it. Right in the midst of the life we actually live. That’s the Jesus message.

The writings you’ll find on my blog and in my books share stories about what God’s love does in our ordinary lives right here on planet earth. God’s love makes things new. We’re liberated from shame and healed from old wounds. We find the power to forgive and the courage to work for justice. My hope is that these stories and my reflections upon them will engage and support you as you encounter God in the midst of your own life.

I’m the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. My wife Joy and I live amid the the long leaf pines of the Kisatchie National Forest along the banks of Kincaid Lake outside Alexandria, Louisiana. We have three adult children and a Terrier-Lab-Hound mix named Gracie.

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Here are some kind words about my 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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