Disclosure: I received this book as part of the tour. Opinions shared are mine.
Calling someone by name is a deeply personal matter. Beyond nicknames, it’s sometimes a challenge to call someone by their first name. Although my first boss always introduced herself by her first name, I could never bring myself to call her that. When I see former students, the question always comes up — “Do you remember my name?” (The answer is always YES, of course.) One of the great things about God is that he wants us to call Him by name. He even gives us several from which to choose. If you’re not comfortable with that yet, check out this short but meaningful book, Experiencing God Through His Names.
The text of the book weighs in at less than 100 pages, since the first 16 pages are mostly background. There are 31 brief chapters so it’s the perfect way to start a daily devotion. Of these 31 days, there were only 9 that I recognized upon sight. Understanding these names starts the experience of sharing God’s names with others, as well as increasing our relationships with Him.
Each chapter features one of God’s names at the top then presents related scripture. Giesbrecht offers a short prayer at the end of each chapter, too. I encourage you to take a few moments after each chapter to reflect upon your thoughts. How does that name speak to you? Do you relate best to the tender names, or are you in need of the names that demonstrate God’s power? This closeness with God will help to drive His names into your heart so that when you need to call on Him, you’ll know He hears you.