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Knowing God By Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

Gwen Smith, Mary Southerland, Sharon Jaynes
Knowing God By Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure
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In ancient times, names held power and significance, representing a person’s future or character. Throughout Scripture, God reveals His complex character by identifying Himself by different names- names that shed light on who He is and how we should relate to Him. In this ... Read More

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In ancient times, names held power and significance, representing a person’s future or character. Throughout Scripture, God reveals His complex character by identifying Himself by different names- names that shed light on who He is and how we should relate to Him. In this engaging book, the popular Girlfriends in God devotional team introduces you to 40 of those names, each of which invites you to glory in a different aspect of our amazing God.

In each day’s reading, you’ll encounter personal, inspiring stories and biblical truths that lead you to a deeper understanding of who God is and what He does on your behalf. After each read, you'll draw closer to God and learn to trust Him as you come to know Him by name.

Each of the 8 weeks concludes with a reflective study and action steps to encourage further prayer and dialogue between you and God. You can also use these studies with your girlfriends, prayer partners, or small groups. Special features include journaling pages and a pronunciation guide for God’s Hebrew and Greek names. Begin today with Knowing God by Name and grow closer to the One who knows you by name.

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2013
  • UPC: 9781601424693
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Publish Date: Aug 6, 2013
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "REL012020"
  • ISBN: 1601424698

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A helpful and easy to read devotional book that helps the reader to know God more deeply. by Kaye on 3/8/14
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This is a Bible reading devotional that looks at God through His different names. The authors explain that they wrote this book because “we 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.” Their hope is that by reflecting on the different names of God, the reader will get to know God more.

The authors of Knowing God by Name have chosen to do this because, as they point out that:

“In the Old Testament, the Israelites were surrounded by cultures that worshiped a variety of gods with many different names. However, the one true God made it clear that He alone is to receive our worship. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” the Shema begins (Deuteronomy 6:4). And while He is one God, He has many names. “

There are 8 weeks of readings in this book that help you to get to know the one true God. Each week looks at five different names of God and then leaves the sixth day for personal reflection. For example week 1 looks at:

Elohim – the creator
El Olam – the everlasting God
Yahweh Tsuri – The Lord my rock
El Shaddai – The All-sufficient one
El Kannah – The Jealous God
Now it’s your turn.
Each “Name of God” chapter contains

Today’s truth – the biblical source of the name of God
Friend to Friend – a devotional styled discussion about the name
Let’s Pray – a written prayer
The “Now it’s your turn” chapter provides a list of reflection questions and activities to do. These could be done alone or with a small group. If I was doing them alone, I would probably do some each day rather than leaving them all to the end of the week. But I can see how a group of women could read this book through the week and then meet together using this chapter to guide their discussion. There are:

Questions
Bible readings
Opportunities to reflect on how God’s word impacts your life
Bible readings where you fill in the blanks – which I’m not a fan of.
Prayers
This is an easy to read devotion book that could provide a different way of looking at the Bible for a few weeks. It is not a straight down the line Bible study book, but there is enough there to guide the reader back to the Bible and to deeper contemplation.

I like the idea of reading the book with a group of friends and then meeting over coffee once a week to talk about what has been read by using the “Now it’s your turn” chapters. This might be especially helpful for women who have never been to a Bible study group before, but may also provide water in a parched land for other women too.

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