Names are powerful. In some cultures, people even are given a secret name that they are not to reveal to others. When we pick names for our children, we often go through baby name books, looking for the names that we think will best fit the little person we are welcoming into our families. There’s also no denying that, as we read through the Bible, we find that God is referred to by many titles and names in the text. A careful reader will find that each name that God is referred to by helps us to see a different attribute and personality trait that God has. I love to collect and meditate on God’s names. So, when I received the opportunity to review Experiencing God Through His Names, I was excited by the idea of spending time with some of God’s titles and names and reflecting on them.
This book is a 31 day devotional. Each day contains a different name or title that God is referred to in the scripture, such as Father, Adonai, El Bethel, etc. Most devotionals span approximately two to three pages of text, containing devotional thoughts, Biblical examples and verses and occasional quotes from theologians. Following the devotional is a daily prayer, praying for qualities and a relationship with God that is based on the name of the day.
I enjoyed this book and I found it to be a good entry place into some devotional thoughts on God’s names. I would have loved to have had some additional daily scriptures to look up and some reflection questions to journal through. That would have added a lot to the value of the book for me as a devotional. However, these were nice little snippets of devotional thought and nice starters for prayer, so I’m pleased to have it to use devotionally. This is a devotional that could be easily repeated and I think it would mean different things to you each time that you would go through this study of God’s names.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.