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PRAYING the ATTRIBUTES OF GOD by Ann Spangler REVIEWED




PRAYING THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
By Ann Spangler
Published by Tyndale
305 Pages

Back Cover: At some point in our lives, many of us have fallen victim to an imbalanced, distorted view of God. Sometimes we see him as a hard god—all-seeing, all-powerful, and all-knowing, but not someone we can trust or get close to. Other times he’s depicted as much softer—always tolerant and not too demanding, but not much better than we are. What we need is the perspective only God can give—a true and deeper vision of who he is as the almighty, everlasting God, who is holy and yet merciful, jealous and yet loving, righteous and yet forgiving.

Let us not settle for a vision of God that is thin and anemic, one that will fall to pieces when life becomes more difficult than we can bear. Instead, let us pray that God will draw us out of our complacency so that we might hunger and thirst for more of him.

As you read through this book, I hope you will share my sense that learning more about God’s attributes is like drawing water from a deep well—the kind that can refresh and invigorate your faith. In the days and weeks ahead, may God give you the boldness to prayerfully insist that he nourish, sustain, and strengthen you with a clearer revelation of who he is.

—Ann Spangler

REVIEW: I love how this author explains why we should learn about the Attributes of God. She describes a man by the name of Austin Chapman who was born deaf. He talks about music, “All music sounded like trash through my hearing aids…But that changed the day he tried on a new pair capable of distributing higher frequencies with greater clarity….Suddenly the young filmmaker heart sounds he didn’t even know existed—the scraping of his shoe on carpet, the clicking of a computer keyboard,…crash course on music…Mozart, Elvis, Michael Jackson and more. He listened to Mozart’s Lacrimosa’ tears rolled down his face. He said, “I finally understood the power of music.”

“Chapman’s story reminds me of my first experience with God. Before that, most of what I’d heard about him sounded garbled and boring, a bit like trash coming through hearing aids….When the real God showed up, he changed my life. He up ended my world. He blew my mind. And he keeps doing it – surprising me, catching me off guard, shattering my false images of him.”

This author goes on to state, “If we want to see God more clearly, we have to be willing to let go of false images when we are given the grace to recognize them for what they are. Human vision, of course, is always impaired. Our deluded hearts mislead us. We see only to the extent that God graciously opens out eyes, the eyes of the blind.”

I liked how Ann put all this and one more quote that surmises why studying the Attributes of God is live changing. This is a quote by A.W. Tozer, “God’s attributes are not isolated traits of his character but facts of his unitary being. They are not things-in-themselves; they are, rather, thoughts by which we think of God, aspects of a perfect whole, names given to whatever we know to be true of the God head. To have a correct understanding of the attributes it is necessary that we see them all as ONE. We can think of them separately but they cannot be separated.”

I appreciated the insight before I started reading this book. I also like how this author set up the book for me to use as a study tool. She had the reader reflect on one attribute of God all week. There are five elements to the weekly study. They include background information, a short bible study, devotions, bible promises and prayer. I highly recommend this study, devotion on helping you get to know God better. It’s simple and profound.

Nora St.Laurent
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1 comment:

  1. This book sounds wonderful! The first book I read by Ann was co-authored with Jean Syswerda, Women of the Bible which I still pick up and study. I didn't realize it at the time, but both of these lovely Christian women live in the Grand Rapids area. I have since read other books by Ann and Jean, and I'm adding this one to my list! Thanks for the great review, Nora!

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