Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: "The Name Quest" (John Avery)

When you get to know someone well enough to call him or her a close friend, you've accrued a store of knowledge about that person. She likes vanilla more than chocolate, wears boots year-round, and only sings in the shower. He goes bowling every Saturday afternoon, spends weekday mornings at the local coffee shop, and sponsors a child in Africa.

Perhaps one of the quickest ways to get to know someone, however, is via his or her names.

Believe it or not, we all go by different names, depending on the situation and the people we're with. A woman named Martha might go by "Martha" or her initials in a professional context; be known as "Marty" to her family and close friends; and still be called "Sugar" or another childhood nickname by her doting grandparents.

Our names reveal a lot about us --- family names given to honor our ancestors, or unusual names because our parents were innovative thinkers, or middle names used as first names because you can't stand the first name your parents gave you, or initials because it was easier to write "D.J." than "Desdemona Justine" on your papers in school.

In the same way, the names of God reveal everything about Him --- His character, His attributes, His power, His majesty. Everything that makes up who He is can be embodied in one of His many, many names.

The Name Quest: Explore the Names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better, by author, teacher, and pastor John Avery of BibleMaturity.com, is an in-depth exploration through the Bible and all the different names and terms used for God, from Alpha to Omega (Revelation).

With close readings and comparisons of the Scriptures from the Old Testament to the New, Avery ensures that readers not only come to know the names of God and what they mean but also what they meant for the people of Israel and what they mean for us today. Each new revelation is another glimpse of the all-powerful God of the Bible, another facet of His person, another dimension of His personality.

Extensive scholarly research and study for The Name Quest do not render the work an unreadable or unapproachable lecture or sermon. Avery has a more formal writing style than some in the field, but his is a weighty undertaking. Nonetheless, he also weaves into the fabric of the text anecdotes and personal examples from his own life, making the work feel applicable despite the depths of the subject matter.

This work would be a perfect undertaking for small group study, personal Bible study, or devotions; it could also easily serve in the place of a single-subject concordance because it is so thorough and credibly upheld.

Looking to learn more about the God of the Bible? Look no further than The Name Quest, and be inspired and amazed in your faith.

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Title: The Name Quest: Explore the Names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better
Author: John Avery
ISBN: 978-1-63047-159-0
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1t7vrKC

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash review program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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