What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that name?
For some people, it's the word "anger."
For others, they think of "love."
Some people may think of "miracles" and "joy."
And for others, it's only a curse word.
I don't think it's humanly possible to have the perfect view of who God is with all of His personal characteristics. We can try, but we still tend to think of God in just a few facets of His personality.
One of my friends, Jill, prays regularly using some of the uncommon names of God that we don't typically use much here in the United States. It always sends shivers down my spine, to hear the other less-common names of God being spoken. I guess it's because the other lesser-known names of God bring more awe to my heart and soul.
We received the new "The Names of God" Bible from Baker Publishing a few weeks ago.
I barely had a change to look at it, when . . . SNATCH! Out of my hands it flew.
Into my 13-year-old's hands it disappeared!
Kelsi saw that this Bible was in the God's Word translation, and that instead of just saying "God" or "Lord" or "Jesus" throughout the pages, the original Greek and Hebrew words for God were used instead.
Later on, I was able to "borrow" The Names of God Bible to look more closely inside. Here are the things I noticed about this new Bible:
1. Every time God's name is used, the authentic Hebrew or Greek text is used in place of His name. This occurs over 10,000 times in this Bible. Lovely!
2. To learn more about the specific names of God used throughout the Bible, background information associated with the most important names and titles of God is provided (see above).
3. Prayers, promises, and devotional readings having to do with the character and names of God are shared throughout this text.
- When the reader comes across a name of God, there is a reference to let the reader know when that same name of God occurs next in the text.
- "Calling God by Name" sidebars shed light on the relationship between biblical people and the specific names they called God.
Ann Spangler, the editor of The Names of God Bible, is the author or co-author of several bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, Women of the Bible, and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.
Kelsi and I both thought that this Bible provides a greater depth of spiritual worship and understanding of God's Word, because it is so unique. Reading through the additional 68 names of God was very meaningful to both of us, and we'll be using this Bible for years to come!
Or at least, Kelsi will. I doubt my hands will touch it ever again. Oh, well!
Here are two short videos that help explain the purpose behind
The Names of God Bible:
And the author of The Names of God Bible, Ann Spangler:
The Names of God Bible costs $19.99 in hardcover format and a little more for leather bindings at ChristianBook.com.