Ann's writing is real and has a down to earth feel. She does a beautiful job at drawing you in to the presence of God. I just can't help but praise Him for each attribute she shares as I read about it! Wonderful book to get you going.
I really liked the layout and message of this book. The author focuses on teaching her readers about 17 attributes of God and how to incorporate those attributes into our prayers. Every chapter introduces one of these attributes, explains what the attribute is, and how to pray in mind with that attribute. I liked how she used Scripture in each chapter and how she applied Scripture to each attribute. My favorite thing about the book, however, was the use of Hebrew and Greek to explain what the attribute really means. She also makes great illustrations and examples in her explanations, which further help the reader to understand who God is and why we do not have to be afraid to approach Him in our prayers. This was one of the best books about prayer that I have read in a long time.
This is a great devotion book. The author chooses 17 attributes, focusing on one each week. Each week includes five daily devotions that will help readers more fully understand the character of God by learning more about the attributes of God.
Of course, this book is good for personal use and study, but I also think this could be a great option for a small group Bible study or even to use with one or two accountability partners. If you are looking for a devotion book that will draw you into Scripture and help you know God better, check out this book. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Spangler wants us to discard distortions of God and find "a true and deeper vision of who he is as the almighty, everlasting God, who is holy and yet merciful, jealous and yet loving, righteous yet forgiving." (xi)
She helps us do that by providing studies on the attributes of God in daily readings. She has arranged them as follows:
Monday: key Scripture passages revealing the attribute, background information and a brief Bible study.
Tuesday - Thursday: devotions to help us pray Scripture passages that relate to the attribute.
Friday: relating the attribute to God's promises, key passages are listed for reflection or memorization with additional ones for weekend contemplation.
Spangler covers an attribute a week for seventeen weeks. God is loving, good, infinite, immutable, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, patient, wise, self-sufficient, jealous, righteous, merciful, faithful, holy, creative, and transcendent.
I was impressed with the depth of Spangler's information on each attribute. She reviews Hebrew and Greek terms too. This is a great book to use in a discipleship group or to read privately to stimulate journaling as Spangler asks thoughtful questions. I really like the format too. The theological information is given in daily chunks so we are not overwhelmed.
This is a great book, a very readable introduction to the attributes of God. Every Christian should, in the course of growing in the faith, study the attributes of God. This is a very good book to get you started.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.