Want a chance to win a free copy of the new book, The Name Quest? Read on.
At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland in August, I met a remarkable author, John Avery. His lively British accent, sparkle in his eye and love for the Word drew me in. We spoke enthusiastically about his new book, The Name Quest. Once in the bookstore, I looked it over and was struck by the content-rich, yet relational style of writing. I snatched up five copies and earmarked one for today’s book giveaway.
Inside the covers of The Name Quest, I met a God of hope and love. I fell in love with Him over and over as I became familiar with His names. Compassionate God. Lovingkindness. God Almighty. Lamp. The Lord who Heals You. Messenger of the Covenant. Bridegroom. I want all my friends to read this, I thought. Here are the nicknames for our Best Friend and Champion.
This week, John shared his vision:
Q. John, what inspired you to write The Name Quest?
A. The Name Quest began as a series of Sunday messages. I realized that there is a big theme running through God’s names—relationship. God reveals His names so that we can know Him. As we get to know Him better our faith grows and we become more like Him.
Q. You grew up in England and have lived in Israel, Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA. How did your experiences of different cultures influence The Name Quest?
A. I spent six months in Israel, immersed in the geography and history of the Bible. Living in other countries always results in stories. We learn and experience new things, and make silly cultural mistakes. Living in other cultures forced me to ask how many of my Christian beliefs were really biblical as opposed to British (or western).
Q. Tell us about some unique features of The Name Quest.
A. To give the reader a grasp of the complex expectations that the Jewish people had for a messiah in Jesus’ time, I took events of the time and turned them into short newspaper clippings as though they’d been written at the time.
Q. What were the biggest challenges you faced in writing The Name Quest?
A. Aside from the fact that I had to learn American English! I needed to figure out exactly what the book was about and how it was unique in its field.
Q. Do you have any plans to follow up The Name Quest?
A. I continue to update my website with the biblical names of God: www.NamesForGod.net. I’m developing a small group study based on The Name Quest and a series of teachings, sermons, and seminars suitable for discipleship programs and Bible courses.
Q. Are you available to speak for groups?
A. Yes, I am very keen to speak to groups large and small. In fact, I am preparing a series of messages for a week of classes in Russia in December. People can contact me at BibleMaturity@gmail.com and I can also send them an occasional newsletter update.
Want to know God better? Call Him by name as you pray. I encourage you to order the book for yourself and a friend.
To enter the drawing for a free copy of The Name Quest, answer below by midnight Monday, October 13, 2014:
What’s your favorite name for God? Why is it meaningful to you?