Sunday, September 29, 2013

Praying the Attributes of God - Ann Spangler

Genre: Religion/Devotional
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: October, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Excellent

PROS: Great biblical study, in depth for solo or group study

CONS: Only a 17 week study

Does God seem far away? Do you feel like there are aspects of Him you do not know? Praying the Attributes of God is a daily guide to help you in studying and praying according to His attributes. An attribute, as defined by, “is something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.; a quality, character, characteristic, or property”. Some of God's attributes included in this book are that “God is Never Surprised: All Knowing, Omniscient”; “God Never Gives Up: Faithful””, and “God Has No Limits: Eternal, Self-Sufficient”.

Spangler divides the book up into 17 chapters, with a new attribute, or characteristic of God to study each week. Each week's readings contain 5 main elements: background information, Bible study, devotions, Bible promises, and prayer. Each chapter is then divided into 5 days. Monday, a key Scripture is revealed that is particular to that week's word; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are devotions that pray specific Scripture passages that are related to that attribute, and Fridays are a day of reflection. The end of the chapters always leave you with verses for continued Prayer and Praise.

This is a an excellent book to help you dig deeper in to God's Word, drawing nearer to him and getting a firmer grasp on who He is. The chapters are well developed, with each day giving you a full biblical study, leaving you feeling a sense of accomplishment when it is completed. This study could be completed solo or in a group, the chapters definitely lead to a time of discussion. Another nice thing about this book? It is one that could be completed time and time again. A fresh perspective is always developed depending on what season of life you are in.

If I had to pick a negative, it would be that it is only a 17 week study. It would be nice if it were a little longer, possibly even stretching it out over a year. I think it would be great to intertwine this study with reading through the Bible in a year. What a great companion this would be to your daily Bible reading! You may even want to do a chapter every other week, spending two weeks on each one of His attributes.

This book would be a great gift for those graduating high school or college, or even for those who have celebrated through water baptism! It's definitely a study worth passing on to others!

**I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion**

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