Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson

Many, many years ago, I knew a pastor who loved to talk about the different names of God.  It was always really incredible to listen to what he’d say, because he talked about names I had never heard of and names that showed different parts of God’s character in ways I’d never considered.  When the opportunity came along to review a book that focused on the names that “bring healing and hope”, I jumped at it.  I was definitely not disappointed.

In the introduction, the author tells us that “this book is for weary or hurting believers who need assurance and hope in their times of trial”.  He suggested that we read only one chapter at each sitting, and mentioned that we could leave the book on our nightstand and read a chapter each night, then go back and re-read the chapters that really spoke to us throughout the time spent reading.  With eleven chapters, that means that you can read through the book (in the prescribed way) in less than two weeks, and by taking the time to read only a chapter a day (instead of reading the whole book in just a couple hours), you can really learn a lot about God.  Reading a single chapter each day allows you time to read and digest what you read, to have time to consider and ponder, and to really see what God is trying to show you in the information read.  I really appreciated that suggestion, and strongly encourage you to follow it as well!

There are different points through the book where the author asks questions like “is this for your church?” or “how does this affect us today?” and I really thought those were great things to consider.  The names of God are something we only know from the Old Testament, because God wasn’t referred to by these names in the New Testament.  But the names here are things that give us a better idea of what His character is like, who He’s like.  Reading this book isn’t just to learn about the God of the Old Testament, it’s to show you who God is, and to give you a better idea of what His character is like.  I walked away from the book feeling like I learned so much about God on a personal level, and I think that’s exactly what the author meant to happen!  

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my 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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