Thursday, April 17, 2014

Knowing God By Name: Names Of God That Bring Hope And Healing by David Wilkerson

I was taught a whole lot as I read through this book. The learning began right away in the introduction of the book. The author, the late David Wilkerson (1931-2011) advises us as readers concerning the reading of this book and I quote, “As you read this book I urge you to get to know your heavenly Father slowly and purposefully, on a heart-to-heart level. You do not need to memorize all of the hallowed names in their Hebrew forms. For example, do not memorize God's name Jehovah Tsebaioth – simply learn that He is the Lord of Hosts. Get to know the English meanings of His names and remember them.” (end of quote) The author, David Wilkerson, was convinced that we as believers will be able to lead godly lives only by embracing the revelation of God's covenant names. This seems to be the purpose of his writing this book, to teach us all the importance of getting to know God better and to have a closer relationship with Him by getting to know His names and thus His character and nature. I believe that David Wilkerson's purpose in writing this book has clearly been accomplished! Prior to having read this book I have to honestly say that I didn't know or understand the importance of knowing God's names although I have used them during times of praise, worship and prayer. There were other points I could point out just from the introduction! This book is rich and full bodied. . The type of book you can't sit and read for hours on end but instead read it slowly and savor the words written, meditating upon all that has ministered to your spirit man. This book was written as a result of David Wilkerson's time in searching the Scriptures as illuminated by the Holy Spirit. That to me is pretty clear. David Wilkerson discovered that and I quote, “...God revealed His names to His people only as they needed them- in their moments of deepest crisis.” (end of quote) David Wilkerson used scripture throughout his book as a foundation of the truths which were presented. Just a few examples: “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. “ (Psalm 124:8) “Because he has known my name...I will deliver him.” (Psalm 91:15) “I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord...I was brought low, and He helped me.” (Psalm 116:3-4,6) “Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” (Isaiah 50:10) David Wilkerson does not go over every single name of God in this book which I was at first disappointed about. After reading the book I came to know that he did not need to go over every single name as he was teaching us the basics in a deep way. Having read this book I am left touched in the deepest part of me. This book was not just meat, bread and potatoes for the was also gravy. Rich and full. I totally recommend this book to you. This book is a re-write of the previously written book by David Wilkerson titled, “Hallowed Be Thy Names”. I have no problem reading previously written books as I feel it is the publisher's way of saying, “This one is so good and may have been overlooked. Let's present it again.” It is true in this case. This book is very good and you won't want to overlook it. Lord bless all of you readers! In Jesus name, amen. I received this book for free in exchange for a free book review from Chosen Publishing through their book review program. I was not required to write a favorable review.

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