The Name Quest – Explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better.
The names of God are like a rainbow—each name expresses part of the spectrum of the character and attributes of God. God is a personality with a multifaceted character too integrated and dynamic to compartmentalize. God’s names are best examined in clusters, around common themes. So that is how the chapters are organized.
Along the way, the author tenderly answers tough questions:
- Which of the Hebrew names of God is His personal name—Yahweh or Jehovah?
- What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
- How can we relate to the Holy God and the Judge?
- Why is a God of love called the “Jealous God”?
- What does it mean to call Jesus the Messiah?
The Name Quest mentions all the names of God in the Bible while explaining their significance in ordinary language. The author weaves together fifteen years of Bible study research with plentiful illustrations and humorous anecdotes. These include lessons learned as a pastor on a Caribbean island. A visit to a Welsh hill farm introduces a chapter about the Good Shepherd. The story of a Hungarian political prisoner illustrates the meaning of Immanuel (or is it Emmanuel?) A rescue from the slopes of an active volcano helps explain salvation and the meaning of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua. Even the clever advertisement on a packet of potato chips offers a lesson about how to grow in faith in God.
Unlike chasing rainbows, the spiritual journey has an end. The Name Quest is a road map for every Christian’s spiritual journey and it points to the destination—being formed into the image of Jesus Christ.
About John Avery (Portland, Oregon Author)
John is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a Bible devotional on www.BibleMaturity.com one of which won the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Award for published devotionals. He maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net.
The Name Quest has been reviewed in Midwest Book Reviews and Christian News Northwest among others. In 2016 it won the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Award for nonfiction.