Friday, December 2, 2011

The Names of God Bible, a review

Book Description:

One of the best ways to get to know God on a deeper level is to know the names and titles both he and his people give to him. Now the bestselling author of Praying the Names of God reveals the richness of God's character and love found in his names. The Names of God Bible restores more than 10,000 occurrences of specific names of God--like Yahweh, El Shadday, El Elyon, and Adonay--to help readers

Discover the Hebrew names of God within the biblical text
Understand the meaning and significance of each name
Encounter God in a new way through prayers, promises, and devotional readings

Perfect for personal study, prayer, and reflection, The Names of God Bible includes these special features

more than 10,000 names and titles of God restored to their Hebrew equivalent and printed in brown ink to stand out within the biblical text
Names of God Reading Paths lead readers to the next reference of the name so they can pray the names of God throughout Scripture
Name Pages feature
- background information associated with 68 names and titles of God
- key Scripture passages in which the meaning is revealed
- devotional readings on each of the featured names
- specific Bible promises connected to each of the featured names
introductions to each book of the Bible highlight the main themes and list the names and titles that appear in that book
300 callouts highlight key Scripture for memorization and reflection
Calling God by Name sidebars shed light on the relationship between biblical people and the specific names they called God
topical prayer guide, pronunciation guide, name index, and Bible reading plans to assist in study

Anyone who desires a deeper understanding of God and new insights into the Bible will cherish The Names of God Bible as it opens a door into the Hebrew roots of the faith and the Scriptures.

As this year went by, I found myself pondering how much of the Lord I would truly know when it came time to meet him in Heaven. My answer to myself: not as much as I think. When God calls those to enhance our understanding of the Word through such as the 'extras' in this Bible, I think we should full-heartedly take hold of such wisdom with discerning, and open, hearts. I feel blessed to have such knowledge in my hands, for it's amazing to explore the essence of God's names this way!

Because I've grown up in a Christian home that encouraged reading the Bible, and churches which provided many opportunities for studies, I have learned many of the names and attributes of God. After reading bits and pieces of this newly released Bible, however, I've come to know additional names, and have a desire ponder and meditate on them to glean what I can from them. Some that I did not know: Tsemach, or Branch; Miqweh Yisrael, or Hope of Israel; Ish makoboth, or Man of Sorrows.

One that I've known but struck a chord with me at this time of year: Bright Morning Star. Why? Although pagan religions celebrated the winter solstice on December 25, and the birth of the sun, Christians in the fourth century chose to celebrate Christmas on this day to make it holy, because of He who MADE the sun. What was noted in this Bible was that as we experience so much darkness for our day, the hope that light would return may diminish. Perhaps the reason we decorate our homes and celebrate the birth of Christ is a hope pronounced that the Light will come. I love a homeschooling mom, I am always searching for a new way to share our faith to our children, and this is one thing during this Advent season we will discuss.

I recommend this Bible as one for someone who wishes to take time to contemplate more about their Lord and incorporate what they learn directly into the greatest book on earth- His Word.

Thank you to Revell for the opportunity to review this book, and for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ok...this is a book for me....ya