“The Name Quest” by John Avery captured my attention because I believed it to be about learning the character of God through His names. I anticipated the author would dedicate his writing to providing insight into God’s names listed in the Scriptures and how each one reveals His character.
While Avery does touch on God’s names, “The Name Quest” is little more than a tool to show the author’s knowledge. Some of the information was relevant to his topic while others deviated into other theological subjects. He also weaves in some anecdotes some of which I did not consider pertinent enough to add to the topic.
His website, NamesForGod.net is actually a better resource than the book if you are looking for a list of names and meanings. The author’s research was extensive and he knows Scripture well . The book may have been better if the material had been better organized. It is a great research and study tool but it is difficult to read through.
John Avery is a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader and missionary. He writes a regular Bible devotion at BibleMaturity.com and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at NamesForGod.net.
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