Knowing God by Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

Knowing God by Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

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by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, Mary Southerland
     
 

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Redeemer. Healer. Provider. How will you encounter God today?
 
 
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 forty of those…  See more details below

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Redeemer. Healer. Provider. How will you encounter God today?
 
 
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 forty 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. You’ll be fed with Scripture that you can apply to your unique circumstances. And most important, as you come to know Him by name, you’ll draw closer to God and learn to trust Him more fully.
 
Perfect for personal study and for discussing with girlfriends, prayer partners, or small groups, this eight-week daily devotional features:
• a weekly guide to deeper study, reflection, and prayer
• creative ideas to help you apply new insights
• journaling pages
• 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.
 
“Knowing God by Name opens our eyes to the many facets of God’s love and mercy, letting us see Him more clearly and know Him more deeply.”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, author of The Girl’s Still Got It


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“When these girlfriends get together, God is definitely at the center! Though their voices are distinct, their message and mission are seamless, weaving personal stories, biblical truths, and life-changing application into a truly meaningful devotional. Knowing God by Name opens our eyes to the many facets of God’s love and mercy, letting us see Him more clearly and know Him more deeply. Well done!”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, author of The Girl’s Still Got It

Knowing God by Name is a treasure of blessing for us Bible-study junkies. Whether we realize it or not, names are significant, because who we believe we are affects how we respond to life. The same can be said of our Creator: who God says He is affects how He responds to His children. This study takes the reader on a personal and captivating journey through rich, deep layers of God’s character, with each one of His names jumping to life off the pages. I would recommend this study to anyone who desires a fresh connection to the One who created and named them.”
—Kasey Van Norman, president of Kasey Van Norman Ministries and author of the Named by God book and Bible study series

“Sharon, Gwen, and Mary are the real deal—the kind of girlfriends who cause you to lean forward when they start talking about Jesus and the kind you want to hang out with at Starbucks after Bible study. Plus, Knowing God By Name is a heart-expanding, potentially life-changing, hope-on-steroids subject. Which makes this literary faith adventure a must-read!”
—Lisa Harper, author, Bible teacher, and Women of Faith speaker

“How beautiful is the woman who truly knows God and relies on Him for her strength each day! Knowing God By Name brings us into a deeper and richer relationship with Him and helps us grow in our understanding of His attributes. This book takes us on a journey through God’s Word to discover the descriptive names of God and recognize what each name means to us personally. A great group study or a refreshing individual read, this book will enrich every woman’s intimacy with her heavenly Father.”
—Karol Ladd, author of Positive Life Principles for Women

“If you long to know God more personally and to understand His character, attributes, and love, read this book! Knowing God by Name is a powerful eight-week devotional on the names of God that explores every aspect of His ability to transform your life. This book will give you a fresh understanding of who He really is!”
—Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down

“Not just another study, this is an eight-week adventure in searching out the awe-inspiring, jaw-on-the-floor, blow-us-away character qualities of an all-powerful, everlasting Father. We’re talking life-changing stuff here. Not just because it’s beautifully written—though, oh my goodness, it certainly is—but because it helps us know our God better. And the more we know Him, the more we know how very safe our faith is when we place it in Him alone. Authentic, touching, personal stories from three of my very favorite authors make the journey to that faith-place even sweeter.”
—Rhonda Rhea, radio and TV personality and author of twelve books, including Espresso Your Faith

“Knowing God is paramount to everything else in a believer’s life. That’s why I was excited to read Knowing God by Name. This remarkable resource, which provides insight into life’s toughest questions and reveals the secrets of God’s heart toward you, will take your spiritual relationship to new heights. You may even experience a personal revival. I did.”
—Micca Campbell, speaker and author of An Untroubled Heart

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ISBN-13:
9781601424709
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
171,462
File size:
2 MB

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Introduction

What’s in a Name?

Three Bedouin shepherd boys wandered a hillside near the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, in search of a lost goat. One tossed a rock into the dark opening of a cave, hoping to startle the wayward animal out of hiding. When the rock made contact, what the boys heard was not the muffled sound of a goat’s bleat, a ricochet off a cave wall, or even a thump against the hard dusty ground. It was the sound of shattering pottery.

The boys ventured into the cave and discovered there in the Judean desert a cache of mysterious clay vessels stuffed with ancient Hebrew writing—the first of what we’ve come to know as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of jars. Hundreds of scrolls. Thousands of words. Precious parchments rolled up and tucked into clay jars, only to be discovered in 1946, some two thousand years after they were penned. Over the next several years, fifteen thousand fragments were retrieved from eleven different caves.

A few years ago, a museum in my (Sharon’s) hometown hosted a traveling exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I walked into the dimly lit room expecting to look at a piece of history, but I experienced so much more. God’s presence was thick. The Holy Spirit hovered close to the writings He had breathed into the writers inspired centuries earlier. My soul was stirred.

Enshrined in glass cases surrounding me were precious ancient parchments. Below each fragment of Hebrew or Aramaic text, the English translations were provided—translations that matched almost perfectly the words in my very own Bible. I was struck by the unchangeable authenticity of God’s Word through the centuries. So far, more than 230 biblical texts have been found among the 972 manuscripts, representing every book except Esther. Here was Genesis. Psalms. Isaiah. Deuteronomy. Old friends. Holy words. Unscathed by time. Unchanged by man.

As I stared in awe at one particular scroll fragment from the book of Deuteronomy, I noticed four dots where the Hebrew letters for Yahweh should have appeared. Four dots. Then I saw it again in the book of Isaiah: “In the wilderness prepare the way of • • • •” (Isaiah 40:3, esv).

And then it hit me just how deeply the scribes reverenced and revered the name YHWH. They wouldn’t say the Name. They wouldn’t even write the Name. And yet YHWH is the name that God said would be remembered from generation to generation (Exodus 3:15). And while God is exceedingly holy, He is also intimately personal. He reminded Moses, “I am…the God of Abraham,…Isaac and ...Jacob” (verse 6).

And, friend, He is the God of Sharon, Gwen, Mary—and you!

Infinitely holy. Intimately personal. Our God wants not only to be worshiped but to be known. In 1 Chronicles 16:10–11, David urged his people:
Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
      seek his face always.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Of course, if we’re to “glory in his holy name,” it makes sense that we’ll need to know what that name is. 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.

In the sixty-six books of the Bible that were written over approximately fifteen hundred years, God revealed various names that reflect His multifaceted character and infinitely diverse ways. To the outcast Hagar, He was El Roi, the God Who Sees. To the needy Abraham, He was Yahweh Yireh, the Lord Will Provide. To the rock-toting teen warrior David, He was El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One. In each of these instances, God revealed a new aspect of His being to show that He was sufficient to take care of every need, all powerful to take care of every foe, and all present to take care of every circumstance.

In ancient times names carried powerful significance. In addition to distinguishing one person from another and connecting family members, names were thought to reflect a person’s character, nature, and destiny. Joseph’s two sons were named Manasseh, meaning “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household,” and Ephraim, meaning “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” (Genesis 41:50–52). Abraham’s name meant a “father of many nations,” and the name of his wife, Sarah, meant “princess—the mother of many nations”1 (Genesis 17:5, 15–16). Then there was Jacob, whose name meant “trickster,” Esau whose name meant “red,” and Jabez whose name meant “pain.” If you’re familiar with their lives, you can see how these names are intricately connected with each person’s story.

God has many names in the Bible, and just like the names of the people to whom He revealed Himself, each one brings to light something about His character and His ways—who He is and what He does. Our finite human minds can barely comprehend even a fraction of the depth of His wisdom, the breadth of His love, the magnitude of His power, or the height of His grace. But like a multifaceted diamond, each name invites us to glory in a different aspect of our amazing God.

KNOWING GOD INTIMATELY

In the pages to follow, we’ll introduce you to forty different names and attributes of God. But we don’t want you to simply know God’s names. We want you to know God Himself—on a personal level. We want you to call Him by name and to call on Him by name. And you can be sure of this: He knows your name…He calls your name. I love God’s promise to us: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1, nlt).

Our purpose is not to cover every name of God mentioned in the Bible or to study every theological nuance of the names we do cover. Rather, 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. We pray that as you reflect on the various names of God, you will experience Him in fresh ways and with deeper intimacy.

We hope you read our previous Girlfriends in God book, Trusting God. It’s the perfect introduction to this study. These two books are knit together with the purpose of drawing you closer to God. We believe the more you know Him, the more you’ll trust Him. Isaiah wrote, “Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10). The psalmist wrote, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). Oh, girlfriend, you can know God by name and you can trust Him.

For most of the names of God, we’ll include the Old Testament Hebrew or Aramaic or the New Testament Greek rendering of the name as well as the English translation. Just as in our Girlfriends in God online devotions, we’ll include Today’s Truth—a Bible verse in which the name is used. And each devotional closes with a prayer. For Day 6 of each week, we’ve provided questions to help you reflect more deeply and personally on the five names or attributes covered in that particular week. We encourage you to gather a group of girlfriends into a GiG group and study the names together. We know from our own friendship that there’s so much to be gained by sharing with one another what you’re discovering about God. In fact, the three of us have created free online videos for each week, and we’d love to join you in this study. So grab a cup of coffee, click on girlfriendsingod.com, and find us on the Knowing God by Name page.

So let’s get started! We can hardly wait to hear what God reveals to you as you open the treasure chest of His Word and begin to know God by name.

Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32, nasb)

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Meet the Author

The Girlfriends in God are Mary Southerland, Gwen Smith, and Sharon Jaynes. Known for their popular online devotions, all three are popular conference speakers who share a heart for encouraging and equipping women in their spiritual journey.


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Knowing God by Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have spent many years researching the Names of God and Who He is. This book has taken me to a whole new level of understanding; deeper and more personal and intimate. I'm learning Who God Is... and Who He Is... to me!!!
smithk_poet More than 1 year ago
In reviewing this book “Knowing God By Name” , was such an inspiration. This book provided details in scriptures, friend-to-friend experiences, and prayers; the time for reflection was a great idea for reviewing the week-by-week reading. Learning and reading about the names of God helps the reader to understand the value and the significance of the names and its meaning in our lives. What I love about this book is that I can relate to the stories that was shared, the experiences of knowing God as my “Yahweh Yireh (the Lord will provide) more and more each day. This book is perfect for women’s ministry, pastor’s wives, mothers, and study on the names of God. I do recommend this book with everyone.  “I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Kassie17 More than 1 year ago
To start out, I will tell you that I am not the biggest fan of debotionals... I usually end up doing a day or two, or maybe a week if I'm lucky, and then forget about it. I find a lot of them - especially the ones aimed toward women -- rely too much on emotions and how the Bible can relate to them when they are feeling a certain way. While I do enjoy finding verses that make me feel better when I am emotional, I like to read the Bible to know the Bible, and to understand the history and the meaning behind it, in context.This particular devotional is called "Knowing God By Name, A Girlfriends in God Adventure". At first glance, I wanted nothing to do with it. But as I read the description, I realized that the authors, Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland were on to something intriguing. The devotions are a very good mix of history and fact mixed with relevance and relation. Each day talks about a name given  to God in the Bible. It tells what it means and where it comes from, and also how it relates to our lives today.if you want a good mix of fact and relation, I would suggest this devotional. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the names of God in the Bible and what they meant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite What a gem! Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland have given the reader a provocative read in Knowing God By Name. The book is part of the Girlfriends in God Faith Adventures series and it will not disappoint. The book is divided into eight sections, each explaining the various names by which God is known. Then, there are personal stories to capture the heart and allow the reader to think about how God's various names can be applied to modern day beliefs and cultures. Stories are applied to daily life such that they are current and meaningful. One of my favorites was the Day 2 story in which one of the authors related how the movie "The Wizard of Oz" took on new meaning for her. While experiencing the initial enchantment of the story's characters, the author then became disillusioned to discover that the Wizard was simply a fake. The lessons of the Bible are then related as they apply to this common life experience. There are no weak stories in Knowing God By Name. Each of the authors speaks from the heart and her message comes through loud and clear. Some readers will feel a sensation of being back home in their belief systems while, at other times, there is a fresh look at how God's messages are relevant to the world today. The book is meant for women and it is a powerful reminder that no matter how defeated and discouraged one may become, there is always a way out. Once out, there is a feeling of empowerment which will carry you to the next challenge.
DeliaLatham More than 1 year ago
We talk about God. We think we know Him. We belt out songs with titles like "El Shaddai" and "Adonai." We skim over writings that use names like Yahweh and Abba. We've seen and heard these names so many times we don't even notice them anymore…and the truth is, we may not even have a clue what they mean. And those are just the "familiar" ones. God has a multitude of names…each of them referencing yet another awesome aspect of His grace, mercy, love, healing, and power. All the things He does for His people every day, every hour, every moment. Do you know Him by name? How many? And do those names mean to you what they should? How can you glory in His holy name if you do not know that name? KNOWING GOD BY NAME, written by the "Girlfriends in God," (Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland) is an eye-opening, soul-refreshing, heart-stirring look at God's character—His multi-layered "personality" attributes…His astounding mercy and grace and love for us, His children. It's a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand study of those names and what they mean—not only by literary definition, but by their purpose in our lives. What a wonderful blessing these ladies have shared with the world! Don't miss your turn at the table. Knowing God by Name will change your world and take your relationship with your Father to a whole new level.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland  in their new book, “Knowing God By Name” published by Multnomah Books offers A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure . From the Back cover:  Redeemer. Healer. Provider. How will you encounter God today? 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 forty 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. You’ll be fed with Scripture that you can apply to your unique circumstances. And most important, as you come to know Him by name, you’ll draw closer to God and learn to trust Him more fully. Perfect for personal study and for discussing with girlfriends, prayer partners, or small groups, this eight-week daily devotional features: • a weekly guide to deeper study, reflection, and prayer • creative ideas to help you apply new insights • journaling pages • 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. God told Moses, ““I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.  God wants us to know Him and the only One who really knows God is God so He reveals Himself to us through the names He uses to call Himself.  ”Knowing God By Name” is a devotional broken down into eight weeks, with each week including five devotional entries and a sixth-day Bible study to process what we learned for the week.  The authors use forty different names of God to explore the various ways God reveals Himself.  I think each name and daily devotional is, not only an eye opener, but a way for us to draw closer to God.  Each day we learn something new about Him so that should enhance our relationship with Him.  This is not a book that you will throw upon a shelf when you have finished it.  This is a book that you will come back many times to refresh when you are feeling low.  I recommend reading this book and giving it as a gift to friends and family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
asyl2012 More than 1 year ago
"Infinitely holy. Intimately personal. Our God wants not only to be worshipped but to be known." When thinking about the names of God, which ones come to your mind? Maybe it is the name Jesus as we remember His humble birth in Bethlehem to His death on the Cross at Calvary. Maybe it is the name Messiah as we think of the promised one and deliverer. Maybe it is the name Emmanuel, which is interpreted "God with us". Knowing God By Name is an 8-week Bible study that goes through forty different names of God. The unique style of this read is the authorship. It is written by three ladies who have individually studied these names of God. They expound upon God's love and mercy, as they challenge us to get to know God on a deeper level. Whether you are looking for a guide for your new Bible-study at church, or maybe it is just for you and three of your closest girlfirends--pick up a copy and jump right in. As we take a step back, why would we not want to get to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, after all He is our Savior, our Lord, our Messiah, our Friend, our Comforter, and so much more! While I do not necessarily agree with every idea stated, I would recommend this book to fellow readers. I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for myself and my spiritual mom - we love it and we are going to do it with our Thursday am bible study in a couple weeks. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to get this and learn. My brain and heart thirst for him and I want to learn as much as I can. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful blessing each day I read it. Read, learn, prayer, a fabulous devotional to really get even closer to God. Recommend it to everyone...not just women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a NOOK book and am absolutely loving it.  I knew God had many names in the bible but reading about each one and it's meaning has increased my desire to know God even more and deepen my relationship with Him.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. I am absolutely loving this book! It is guiding me into a deeper understanding of God's heart toward me. I'm a church girl and have heard the names of God mentioned in sermons, but I never really understood them -until now! Gwen, Mary, and Sharon make me feel like I'm sitting on the couch with them sharing a cup of coffee as I read the manageable devotions each day. Used the last book in the series with a Bible study at work and we LOVED it. Can't wait to use this one as well.