Experiencing God Through His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht
What's in a name? Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person's character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. God's attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we comprehend the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately. In Experiencing God Through His Names, Sheryl Giesbrecht walks with you on an exciting journey to discover and absorb the truth about God's character. In the next 31 days, God wants you to get to know Him. Are you ready?
I've read my fair share of what I call non-fiction journey books where I, the reader, get to experience something new to me. A new way to pray; a new way to read the Bible; a new way to parent my children; a new way to love my husband--you get the idea. So I was super excited to get this journey book that would let me experience God in a new way-through His names.
The book is divided into thirty-one, 1-2 page, sections with a different Name heading. Each section is manageable and can easily be read as an additional supplement to your Bible study time or on it's own. In the sections you're given a name God is associated with throughout the Bible. Accompanying these names are personal stories the author shares along with verse references from the Bible.
For me, this is one of those books that I can't decide if I like it or if I don't. I really wanted this book to offer me deeper insights into who God is through His Names and while there are a few sections that gave me the Hebrew and Greek meanings--I wish there were more. I felt like some of the Names and meanings were more personal to the author, which is awesome because God speaks to us individually and I appreciate the author sharing those moments but what I was looking for was a journey where I could experience a more thorough revelation of God's characteristics through His many Names. Who is He? Why is He called that? What made that Name special? Why is it relevant to our culture now? These are some of the questions I was left asking at the end of each section. In the end I feel like this book barely touches the surface of truly experiencing God and so while I'm not entirely convinced I won't open this book again in the future, I'm not sure it'll be my first recommendation for someone looking to experience God in a new way.
*I received this book from the publisher through Litfuse. You can purchase this book HERE or learn about author Sheryl Giesbrecht HERE.