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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Praying the Attributes of God: A Daily Guide to Experiencing His Greatness

Ann Spangler’s sensitivity to the ever-changing spiritual and cultural climate in which we live has enabled her to address themes of profound interest to many readers. Praised for the freshness, depth, and honesty of her writing, Ann writes in ways that reveal not just her intellectual curiosity but her desire for a deeper connection with God. An award-winning writer, Ann published her first book in 1994. It became an instant best-seller. Since then she has followed up with several best-selling books, including Women of the Bible (co-authored with Jean Syswerda), Praying the Names of GodPraying the Names of Jesus and The One-Year Devotions for Women. Together, her books have sold millions of copies.
By paying attention to the spiritual and emotional hungers that animate us and by finding creative ways to explore God’s self-revelation in Scripture, her writing surprises by revealing a God who is often far bigger and better than we might imagine.
In addition to writing, Ann has enjoyed a lengthy career in Christian publishing, working for William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Servant Publications, and Zondervan Publishing in marketing, editorial, and management roles. Her broad experience in publishing has convinced her that readers are looking for well-written books that explore the connection between spiritual experience and everyday life, books that engage the mind and strengthen the heart.
You would be blessed by a visit to her website found HERE.
You can also connect with her on Facebook by going HERE.
God is bigger than you think!
Many people feel both drawn to God and afraid of Him.  How can they feel close to a perfect God Whom their flawed self is incapable of pleasing?
Fortunately, God has revealed truths about Himself in Scripture than can untangle our confusion.  In this daily guide to studying and praying according to God's attributes, Ann Spangler resurrects old-fashioned words like holiness, omniscience, and omnipresence.  Far from boring us, these words, when excavated for their biblical meaning, paint a thrilling vision of God that can help us experience Him more deeply.  They can also prevent us from making the colossal mistake of concluding God is too weak, distant, or uncaring to help us when we need Him.
Praying the Attributes of God will help you see that God is far bigger and far better than you could ever hope or suspect.

My Thoughts:
Ann Spangler and her sincere writing are such a blessing!  True to her website's by-line, "Exploring the connection between spiritual experience and everyday life", Ann writes toward that goal and is careful to point the arrow straight to knowing God better.  Praying the Attributes of God is a well-written, well-organized and deeply practical book.  The book is organized into 17 chapters covering the following attributes of God:

  • Loving
  • Good
  • Infinite
  • Unchangeable, Immutable
  • All Powerful, Omnipotent
  • Present Everywhere, Omnipresent
  • All Knowing, Omniscient
  • Patient
  • Wise
  • Eternal, Self-Sufficient
  • Jealous
  • Just, Righteous
  • Merciful
  • Faithful
  • Holy
  • Creative
  • Transcendent
Each chapter is divided into five days of Scripture study, background information, devotions, Bible promises and prayer designed to help you draw nearer to the heart of God by understanding Who He is.  At the end of each week, Ann gives the reader a list of scriptures for continued and further meditation and prayer.

I can highly recommend this profound resource!  Get your copy today!  You can do so at by going HERE.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book from Tyndale for the purpose of this review.