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One Year Alone With God
366 Devotions on the Names of God
by Ava Pennington
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked.
Glory: Author: Builder: Holy: Guardian: Rock: Vine: Self-Controlled, these are just 8 of the names attributed to God in the pages of the Bible – 8 of the 122 names explored in this book.
What an interesting book and what a concept! Each name is used over a period of three days for three separate, yet linked, meditations. The first looks up (the Bible) to see how and why God describes himself as such, the second looks in and focuses on how that name is applicable to ourselves and the third looks outwards to see how what we have learned about God and about ourselves can be applied to our relationships with others.
Each day commences with a verse or two from scripture, then a half-page meditation followed by a short prayer and two or three questions- some of which will give us plenty to think about in the remainder of the day. For example the first day ends with these questions:
Have I become complacent in my relationship with the Lord?
How will I look for Him to show me His ways today?
I suspect that the book could become quite intense and yet at the end of the year we will have learned a great deal about our relationships, with God, with others and perhaps above all with ourselves. It is an American book and makes no apologies for that!
Reviewer: Nick Horton (04/04/11)