This week, God’s Poetry is being featured on the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance. Information about the author and more details about the book can be found here.
The title of this book comes from Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship” – since workmanship can also be translated “poem”. God sees our life and destiny as a poem he is writing. God’s Poetry encourages Christians to seek God’s purposes and destiny for their lives and not be content with a mediocre spiritual life. However for many reasons we don’t always experience all that God has for us. Sometimes it is because we are simply not aware of it or it may because Satan has restricted our spiritual growth in some way.
Throughout the Bible we see references to names, their meanings and their power to affect circumstances. In our Western culture we tend to regard names as nothing more than labels. However in God’s economy they are still important and God may use the understanding our name to spur us on in our spiritual journey. It is also another avenue God employs to minister emotional healing to us.
Anne Hamilton shares from personal experience and from her research into her own name as well the names of other people and Biblical characters. Her conclusions are startling and appear fanciful yet she backs up her claims with so many examples that you realize that is something going on in the process of naming that is beyond rational explanation.
In order for Anne to explain the depth and breadth of her understanding of names, it necessitated many historical descriptions, plus she has added quotes from other works – factual, fictional and fantasy to add validity, variety and interest for the reader.
It is a fascinating book, a little heavy going at times, but certainly one that provides much food for thought.
Thanks to Even Before Publishing for providing a free book for review.