Knowing God by Name, a Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland

This book is set up to be an eight-week study, with readings for five days in each week, with the sixth day being a reflection section with parts for you to fill out and think a little bit more about what you read and learned that week.  It’s a study that introduces readers “to forty different names and attributes of God”.  The authors say in the introduction that their “purpose is not cover every name of God mentioned in the Bible… rather, (they) long for you to draw closer to the heart of God by gaining new insights as to who God is and what He does on your behalf”.  As you read through the study, each day has a very reasonable amount of reading to do – five or six pages – all giving you insights into more about the names of God.  Many of us will know that He is our Jehovah Jireh, our Adonai, or the El Shaddai.  But do we really know what each of those names mean, or what characteristic of God each one highlights?  This study will help you to “fill in the blanks” and be able to really, truly understand what the names mean, and how they can help us to use those names today.  Each day ends with a short prayer, a great way to help you – either by using what they wrote, or making that the template for saying a prayer of your own.  Such a great way to learn, in a way that is not at all overwhelming, and in a way that helps you to do more than “just” read.  I loved it, and I think it would make a wonderful study for book clubs, friends, or even Bible Study groups.  You should check it out and see if it will work for what you need, because it’s a great way to learn things that you may not have ever heard about before, even if you’ve spent your whole life in church.

You can find a free download of the first chapter here:  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2013/06/05/sneak-peek-knowing-god-by-name-by-sharon-jaynes-gwen-smith-and-mary-southerland/

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was in no way required to write anything positive – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

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