Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Names Of God Bible: A Review

About The Bible:


Open the door to a more intimate relationship with God


  • Discover the Hebrew names of God within the biblical text



  • Encounter God through prayers, promises, and devotional readings 


  • Experience God's character more deeply by studying his names



  • One of the best ways to get to know God on a deeper level is to know his names and titles as revealed in Scripture. Now the bestselling author of Praying the Names of God and Praying the Names of Jesus uncovers the richness of God's character and love found in his names right within the Bible text.


    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 connect with the Hebrew roots of their Christian faith and experience a deeper understanding of God's character. 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 and study the names of God throughout Scripture
    Name Pages feature
    • background information associated with the most important names and titles of God
    • key Scripture passages in which the name is revealed
    • devotional readings for each of the featured names
    • specific Bible promises connected to each of the featured names
    Calling God by Name sidebars shed light on the relationship between biblical people and the specific names they called God



    About The Editor:


     Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer whose fascination with the Bible has resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She is the author or coauthor of several bestselling books, including Praying the Names of GodPraying the Names of JesusWomen of the Bible, and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus. Together, her books have sold nearly 3 million copies. She has held senior positions at two Christian publishing houses and lives with her two daughters in Michigan.


    My Review:


    The Names Of God Bible has been a wonderful addition to my Bible collection. It is full of beautiful readings about the different names of God, and is a perfect way to increase your knowledge about the various names used to identify God. 


    The Names of God Bible is not one to just read through quickly. It is the perfect Bible to supplement a great study Bible (I use the ESV Study Bible, NASB Study Bible and NIV Study Bible to dig deeper in studying) and really learn about the various names of God.


     One of the features that I absolutely love about this Bible is that with each book introduction there is a list of the Key Names of God (for example, in Isaiah, you will find the names Yahweh, Qedosh Yisrael, El, Elohim, Adonay, Melek, Sar Shalom, Ruach, Shadday, Elyon, Shopet, Elohim Chay, El Olam, Go'el, Ish Makoboth, and Ab). I had no idea there were so many names for God! Truly enlightening to be sure. Then throughout the book, you will find these names with scripture references as well as at least one "devotional study" of a Name of God (in Isaiah, there is one for Sar Shalom - Prince of Peace).


    Also included in this beautiful, hard covered Bible is a Topical Prayer Guide for the names of God, Table of the Names of God (includes the number of times it is found in the Bible), A Name Index, Names of God Reading Plan and Two Fast Track Reading Plans. I do not know much about the God's Word Translation, however, I do find it very easy to read and comprehend. Again, the Names of God Bible is a great supplement for deeper study, and does contain some great footnotes and other study resources, but I would suggest using an actual study Bible for deeper, more academic study, if you desire.


    I highly recommend the Names of God Bible and give it a huge thumbs up!


    BUY IT: You can purchase The Names of God Bible at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


    ***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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