Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
“Every name of God revealed in the Bible shows us something about His character and His ways. As the multiple facets of a cut diamond combine to reflect its brilliance, the names and attributes of God combine to reveal the transcendence of His nature and the glory of His ways,” Ava Pennington writes in her book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God.
At three hundred and eighty-four pages, this paperback book is targeted toward those looking for a devotional in regard to the names and attributes of God. Using mainly the New American Standard version of the Bible, other versions included are God’s Word, King James, The Message, New International, and New Living Translation that covers one hundred and twenty two names devoted to the Almighty.
After an acknowledgement page, the introduction explains the book has three different aspects dedicated to the names of God: those that show how and why God describes Himself, those that focus on how we should apply them to our lives, and those that teach us how to approach others about Him.
With arrow symbols at the top of each page designating which aspect the name will be described, the author lists the theme along with Bible verses to look up. The main portion of the page is several paragraphs dedicated to the theme, mostly mentioning Scriptural application but sometimes the writer’s personal experiences.
A short italicize prayer is included on each page along with a personal applicable question for the reader to consider. Besides an alphabetical index at the back, there is a Scriptural one.
Since this yearly devotional covers three hundred and sixty-six days’ topics, there are three dedicated to each name of God mentioned such as Comforter, Friend, Holy, Jealous, Living Water, Omnipotent, Merciful, Pure, Rock, Savior, and Truth. Also listed are Hebrew names such as Elohim, El Elyon, El Shaddai, Yahweh Jireh, Yahweh Shalom and Yahweh Rohi.
Many names have two of the three aspects that focus on applying them to our lives so the reader can easily research and study one name. An example is Forgiver: the page titled “Forgiven, Not Forgotten” reiterates that God totally forgives us but does not forget us. “Forgiving Myself” is a reminder that God’s grace allows us to forgive ourselves. In “Pass It On” we need to forgive others.
With daily Scripture reading included, this devotional would be a good way to concentrate on God’s names and attributes as we grow closer to Him.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network, Inc. in lieu of an unbiased review.