I Am Not, But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God

4.14 avg rating
( 1,166 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781598590258: I Am Not, But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale and you discover that life wasn’t all about you after all. The real story of life is God I AM the main character and true star of time and eternity. He is at center stage in all of Creation, and He wants you to know Him by name. Knowing I AM means celebrating your smallness in light of His greatness. Embrace the true meaning of life as you learn to work and rest in His power, spending your life for what lasts forever the unending glory that is God’s alone.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

A passionate communicator and innovative thinker, Louie Giglio is the author of The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life. He is the founder of Passion Conferences, a collegiate movement calling people around the world to lives that make much of God. Louie and his wife, Shelley, live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Start Here

Life is the tale of two stories—one finite and frail, the other eternal and enduring. The tiny one—the story of us—is as brief as the blink of an eye. Yet somehow our infatuation with our own little story—and our determination to make it as big as we possibly can—blinds us to the massive God Story that surrounds us on every side.

It’s a little like me being shocked a few weeks ago by the reaction of two of New York City’s finest as they motioned
me over to their squad cars in the middle of my midmorning run. The first officer’s opening line (the exact wording of which, I’m sad to say, cannot be repeated here) led to the inexcusable reply,

“What does it look like I’m doing?”

I quickly realized I had said the wrong thing, especially to a New York cop. In a heartbeat my hands were on the hood of his car and threats of arrest were flying all over the place. I was startled and unnerved, and though it was now too late, my mouth was shut. Unless asked, I wasn’t saying another word, especially a sarcastic one.

To make matters worse, all I could produce in the way of identification was a hotel key card—one of those fancy new ones that looks cool but doesn’t even contain the name and address of the hotel. The whole scene was going downhill
fast...

Things had started off innocently enough that morning as I headed out the door of our midtown-Manhattan hotel and began plodding down the sidewalk toward the East River about eight blocks away. But before I was two or three blocks
away it started to rain. First it was just annoying—an intermittent spitting kind of rain. Then the wind picked up and
a steady, chilling downpour started making things miserable. Assessing the situation, I determined I was too far from the hotel to make turning back a sensible option, so I kept running north along the river, pressing on in the driving rain.

I don’t know what kind of shape you’re in, but when I run I think more about survival than scenery. And when I’m running in a cold downpour, I barely think at all. I certainly don’t look around to read a lot of the signs. Thus, I wasn’t paying much attention when suddenly my path was blocked by a chain-link fence. It stretched from the riverbank on my right to a concrete lane divider that had been following me on my left. Once again I considered my options. Retracing my steps still didn’t make sense. What made sense was getting out of the rain. So without thinking I hopped over the lane divider and headed for the shelter of an overpass I now noticed across the way.

Quickly the overpass turned into an elevated roadway, so I could keep running under cover. I continued north, not really noticing that the lane to my right at some point became two lanes of traffic, and then three. After another mile or so, all three lanes of traffic were moving slower than I was and a driver in one of the cars shouted something in my direction. But in the rain and traffic, I couldn’t quite make out her words and was trying to ignore her anyway. Then the overpass drifted away to the left and I was once again exposed to the rain.

Soon I noticed the lower levels of the United Nations buildings on my far left, and nearer and just ahead two police cars parked on a wide concrete median. A single officer sat in each car, their eyes meeting mine as each step I ran drew us closer. Everything seemed to be fine, until my forward progress was interrupted by the piercing “blurp” of one of the officer’s sirens and the intense motion of his hand directing me to approach his car.

It was at that moment I realized for the first time I was running down the middle of the FDR, a six-lane expressway
that snakes along the eastside shoreline of Manhattan. No wonder the officer’s first question when I finally splashed to a stop in front of his car was incredulous and unprintable.

How can you run down the middle of a New York freeway and not know it? I think the same way you can live your entire life completely oblivious to the grand story of the Creator of the universe that is unfolding all around you. The same way you can spend your days making so much of someone as small and transient as you or me, and so little of someone as glorious and eternal as God.

That’s why this book is not about you and making your story better, but about waking up to the infinitely bigger God Story happening all around you, and God’s invitation to you to join Him in it. It’s about looking up to see that there’s a story that has been going on long before you arrived on the planet and one that will go on long after you’re gone. God is the central character of this story and of this book. He commands center stage in existence, Creation, time, life, history, redemption, and eternity.

I’m not trying to put you down or imply that you don’t matter. Nor am I saying that you are absent from the grand Story of God. In fact, just the opposite. Amazingly, you appear on every page, existing in God’s thoughts long before
this world was made. I’m simply stating the obvious—that THE STORY ALREADY HAS A STAR, AND THE STAR IS NOT YOU OR ME.

And here’s why it matters—if we don’t get the two stories straight, everything else in our lives will be out of sync. We’ll spend our days trying to hijack the Story of God, turning it into the story of us. Inverting reality, we’ll live every day as though life is all about you and me. We’ll live as though life is our one-act play and history our story—as though Creation is our habitation alone, existence our playground, and God our servant (that is, if we decide we need Him at all). We will throw every ounce of our energy into the fragmented and fleeting story of us. Calling the shots ourselves, me-centered thinking will dictate every move we make and how we feel.

And in the end—when the last clap is clapped for our tiny tale—our story will fade to black, a pitiful return on
our one-shot chance called “life on earth.”

About thirty minutes into my ordeal with the officers, the situation lightened a bit as I realized the worst that was going to happen to me was a ticket for jaywalking, something I certainly deserved. As we were waiting for my life’s history to appear on the squad car’s computer, the nicer of the two cops asked within earshot of the other, “So what do you do for a living, anyway?”

Hmmm.

Opting for the short answer, I said, “I’m a pastor.” Two sets of eyebrows rose.

“A pastor! What kind of pastor are you?”

I think he was looking for the name of a denomination, but I replied, “I’m a Christian.”

“Oh, yeah? Well what are you doing in New York?”

“I’m here to speak to a group of college students tonight out in Queens.”

“So, what are you going to tell them?”

For a split second time stood still. And then I told him, “I’m going to remind them that life is short and our time on earth is really brief,” I said. “That’s why we have to make sure our lives count for the stuff that lasts forever.” That’s what I want to do in these pages, too. Lead you to a fresh awareness of the six-lane-wide-freeway-sized God Story that you and I are running down the middle of every day.

It’s a place that requires a constant choice. We can choose to cling to starring roles in the little-bitty stories of us, or we can exchange our fleeting moment in the spotlight for a supporting role in the eternally beautiful epic that is the Story of God.

Think of it as trading up. Abandoning the former and embracing the latter will allow our little lives to be filled with the wonder of God as we live for His fame and the unending applause of His name. And joining our small stories to His will give us what we all want most in life anyway: the assurance that our brief moments on earth count for something in a story that never ends.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 16.99
US$ 17.59

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781601424280: I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1601424280 ISBN 13:  9781601424280
Publisher: Multnomah, 2012
Softcover

9781590522752: I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God

Multnomah, 2005
Hardcover

9780340909157: I Am Not But I Know I Am

Hodder..., 2006
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Louie Giglio
Published by Oasis Audio, Div of Domain Communications, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, Div of Domain Communications, United States, 2005. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale--and you discover that life wasn t all about you after all. The real story of life is God--I AM--the main character and true star of time and eternity. He is at center stage in all of Creation, and He wants you to know Him by name. Knowing I AM means celebrating your smallness in light of His greatness. Embrace the true meaning of life as you learn to work and rest in His power, spending your life for what lasts forever--the unending glory that is God s alone. Seller Inventory # AAC9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Louie Giglio
Published by Oasis Audio, Div of Domain Communications, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, Div of Domain Communications, United States, 2005. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale--and you discover that life wasn t all about you after all. The real story of life is God--I AM--the main character and true star of time and eternity. He is at center stage in all of Creation, and He wants you to know Him by name. Knowing I AM means celebrating your smallness in light of His greatness. Embrace the true meaning of life as you learn to work and rest in His power, spending your life for what lasts forever--the unending glory that is God s alone. Seller Inventory # AAC9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Giglio, Louie
Published by Oasis Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, 2005. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 1598590251

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Louie Giglio
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Compact Disc. Condition: New. Compact Disc. If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale?and you discover that li.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 0.177. Seller Inventory # 9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Louie Giglio
Published by Oasis Audio
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio. No binding. Condition: New. Dimensions: 5.7in. x 4.9in. x 1.0in.If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny taleand you discover that life wasnt all about you after all. The real story of life is GodI AMthe main character and true star of time and eternity. He is at center stage in all of Creation, and He wants you to know Him by name. Knowing I AM means celebrating your smallness in light of His greatness. Embrace the true meaning of life as you learn to work and rest in His power, spending your life for what lasts foreverthe unending glory that is Gods alone. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Audio CD. Seller Inventory # 9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Louie Giglio, Louie Giglio (narrator)
Published by Oasis Audio 2005-09-15, Carol Stream (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio 2005-09-15, Carol Stream, 2005. audio CD. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Louie Giglio
Published by Oasis Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1598590251

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.83
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Giglio, Louie/ Giglio, Louie (Narrator)
Published by Oasis Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, 2005. Audio CD. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 5.50x4.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # x-1598590251

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.85
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Louie Giglio
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Compact Disc. Condition: New. Compact Disc. If you see life as your own one-act play and history as your story, you could be in for a rude awakening when the curtain finally closes on your tiny tale?and you dis.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 0.177. Seller Inventory # 9781598590258

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Louie Giglio
Published by Oasis Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 1598590251 ISBN 13: 9781598590258
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oasis Audio, 2005. Audio CD. Condition: New. Unabridged. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1598590251n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 104.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds