Saturday, December 7, 2013
Book Review: Daily Reflections on the Names of God by Ava Pennington
I collect devotionals :)! So happy to add this new one to my collection. I think Daily Reflections on the Names of God is now one of my favorite devotionals. This devotional book covers 122 names of God. In the Bible, names are very important. They often reflect the characteristic attributes about the persons. Even more so, God reveals His character by referring to Himself by different Names. He wants us to know and understand Who He is, what He does, how He relates to His children, and how we should relate to Him.
Who is God to you? Elohim (Creator God). El Shaddai (The All-Sufficient God/God Almighty). Abba (Father). You may be familiar with these. But God is so much more! He is also the Jealous God (El Qanna), the God Who Sees (El Roi), the Lord Our Peace (Yahweh Shalom), the Lord Who Heals (Yahweh Rapha), the Lord Our Righteousness (Yahweh Tsidkenu), and more. The author offers 3 devotionals for each name. The first one ("look up") explains why God describes Himself the way He does. The second one ("look in") focuses on how the particular name applies to our lives and affects our relationship with God. The third one ("look out") talks about how we can apply what we know about God to how we treat others. At the beginning of each day's devotional, you will find a Bible passage's reference and a verse. Each devotional concludes with a prayer and questions to help us reflect upon how we can apply what we learn in our daily lives.
I enjoyed all the Biblical truths, Godly insights, and thought-provoking questions. Prepare to ponder God's attributes in fresh ways, grow closer to God, and experience Him more intimately! It will enrich your understanding of Who God is, will strengthen your faith in Him, and will deepen your relationship with Him. Check out this refreshing read! It would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for any believers in your lives!
"Pursuing good works to fulfill our own agendas results in right actions done for self-serving motives." (from page 30)
"Jesus understood that real peace does not ignore conflict. True peace addresses the cause of the problem to remove it permanently. For us to have peace with God, Jesus dealt with the problem of our sin with finality and in the most violent way possible." (from page 61)
"When our goal is to be as inoffensive as possible by keeping quiet about our Savior, then He is the One we will offend! We are to live in a way that refreshes and soothes; we cannot do that by being lukewarm." (from page 342)
~ I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.