July 10, 2017

I AM Devotional {GIVEAWAY} – 100 Devotions About the Names of God

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Learning the many names of God has always been a topic of interest to me. A couple of months ago, I shared a Bible study that I was doing that focused on discovering the power in each of the names of God. Every name represents a special trait or character of His. For instance Jehovah Ori means the "Lord my Light." In dark times we can seek out Jehovah Ori, asking Him to be our light, providing us with comfort and wisdom. As we begin to understand about God's character, our eyes can be opened to who He is, what He has done, and what He can do.

As I personally learn about the many names of God, I also seek to teach my son about them, as well.  Having resources, such as the I Am collection by Diane Stortz, allows me to introduce the many characters of God to my son, in an age-appropriate way that's both engaging and fun. After enjoying Diane's first book in the series I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, we've been blessed with a copy of her newest book, the I AM Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God.






ABOUT THE BOOK:
The God Who Saves. The God Who Provides. The Holy One. The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us—explore the glory and the goodness of God in I AM Devotional.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Diane Stortz is an author and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Diane’s books include Words to Dream On, The Sweetest Story Bible, I AM, Say & Pray Bible, and A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Diane and her husband reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two married daughters. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and visiting her four young grandsons.





The I AM Devotional contains 100 devotionals all based on forty different names of God. The first four devotions start off with a generalized introduction to what a name is, and why it is important to know the names of our Lord. Of these four initial devotions, I found one of particular interest since it discussed using the name of God thoughtlessly. The title was appropriately named, "OMG." It's easy to say the words from this acronym without even thinking twice, but that doesn't make it right. This devotion explains why it is wrong to do so, and how we can, instead, use God's name in a way that glorifies and honors Him. I found this to be a great reminder to start off with so early in the devotional, not only for children, but for adults, as well.


 

After the four initial devotions, every subsequent devotional focuses on a particular trait or name that refers to God, along with the Hebrew translation when applicable. Sometimes a particular name will  show up in more than one devotion. For instance, there are three different devotions for God All Powerful, which also shows the Hebrew translation, El Shaddai. 





Since there are 100 devotions, reading sessions can be broken down into a schedule that's fitting for your child. My son is on the younger side, so we sit and read this together. Some days, we'll read just one, while on other days we'll read five or six devotions in a row. In addition to a special thought of the day, every reading begins with a scripture passage and offers a special prayer at the end. Each devotion also allows children to dive deeper into the day's reading by providing extra questions and scripture verses to reflect on.

Of course, I can't forget to mention the beautiful illustrations that are included throughout. These are done by the very talented Diane Le Feyer. The gorgeous hardcover design is quite something, complete with glitter embellishments, showing a drawing of Moses alongside the burning bush. 


 

The I AM Devotional is such a treasure of a book and a wonderful way to share the truths of God's many characteristics with children, all while using age-appropriate text and beautiful illustrations. As my son and I read this, he'll be able to gain a better understanding of who our Lord is and how each of His names reflect those characteristics.

I've also been blessed with an opportunity to offer my readers a chance to win this beautiful devotional for children. One winner will receive a copy of the I AM Devotional. To enter the giveaway, please follow the giveaway prompts, below.


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16 comments:

Diane Stortz said...

Kelly, I just found your review through your FB post. Thank you so much for the encouragement that a review like this brings to an author! I'm glad the book is blessing your family!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi Diane! The pleasure is all mine. We are such a fan of your work, and this beautiful devotional is no exception. It's such a blessing to be able to read this to my son. Thank you!

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

My son and I are reading this devotional right now! We are enjoying it so far.

Leela said...

The last one we read was the veggie tales devotional.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Oh yes, we enjoy that one, too! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It's beautiful, isn't it? I hope you and your son enjoy it just as much as we do.

Marion Collins said...

Just discovered this book. I enjoy following the daily bible.
Marion

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It's nice being able to receive daily Bible updates. I have a few that come to my inbox each morning. It's a great way to start the day! :-)

Diamond said...

would love to win this for my little 7 year old niece. i think any bible reading would do good to their young soul

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I couldn't agree more, Diamond! The earlier the better and this book is a wonderful way to get started. Thanks for entering! :-)

evamack said...

I like Bible.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

The best book ever created! :-)

Amie D said...

I have two small children and we love reading VeggieTales books. We also read Bible stories for children and they love it. This devotional looks beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome, Amie! We are total fans of VeggieTales, too! I recently got my son the Larry, Bob, and Junior plush toys and he just loves them. Thanks for stopping by to enter! :-)

martianne stanger said...

I have actually never read a devotional about His names, but we do enjoy reaidng the Bible and children's Bibles and this book looks lovely.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's wonderful that you share the Word of God with your children. Sounds like this devotional would be a perfect addition to your collection. Thank you for entering!

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