Friday, October 3, 2014

The Name Quest By John Avery

An insightful journey through all the biblical names of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Beginning in Babel and ending with a burning Babylon, "The Name Quest" explains the significance that the different names for God have for an everyday relationship with God and for spiritual growth. The names of God are like a rainbow--each name expresses part of the spectrum of the character and attributes of God.
Along the way, the author tenderly answers tough questions:
Which of the Hebrew names of God is His personal name--Yahweh or Jehovah?
What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
How can we relate to the Holy God and the Judge?
Why is a God of love called the “Jealous God”?
What does it mean to call Jesus the Messiah?
"The Name Quest" mentions all the names of God in the Bible while explaining their significance in ordinary language. The author weaves together fifteen years of Bible study research with plentiful illustrations and humorous anecdotes. These include lessons learned as a pastor on a Caribbean island. A visit to a Welsh hill farm introduces a chapter about the Good Shepherd. The story of a Hungarian political prisoner illustrates the meaning of Immanuel (or is it Emmanuel?) A rescue from the slopes of an active volcano helps explain salvation and the meaning of Jesus’ Hebrew name Yeshua. Even the clever advertisement on a packet of potato chips offers a lesson about how to grow in faith in God.
Unlike chasing rainbows, the spiritual journey has an end. "The Name Quest" is a road map for every Christian’s spiritual journey and it points to the destination--being formed into the image of Jesus Christ.

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John Avery is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a regular Bible devotional on and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at

This book was very hard to get into and I had a very hard time keeping my attention on the book.
I enjoy reading about the names of God but this particular book was rather hard to follow along with the deep information about the names of God.
I did like the scripture that is given to back up what Mr. Avery is saying in each chapter. The cover is wonderful, it's very inviting.
If you are doing a study on the names of God this may be a useful book for you.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.


  1. Great honest review Mary. This book isn't for me.

    Judy B

  2. I am really interested in knowing about all the different names of God, but after reading this review, I don't think that this is the book that I need to read. Thank you for your honest review Mary.