Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional (Revell) by Ava Pennington Daily Reflections on the Names of God - lo-res

Review by Marti Pieper

Would you like to spend a year getting to know God in a deeper, more intimate way? Would you like to spend time acquainting yourself with the details of His character and meditating on how they affect your life? Would you like to immerse yourself in Him?

If these questions intrigue you, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Ava Pennington’s recent release, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional (Revell). The author organizes her work around God’s character and attributes rather than particular dates, so you can begin your reading any day of the year.

The strength and focus of Daily Reflections on the Names of God lies in its author’s deep knowledge of His Word. Pennington opens our eyes to God’s names and essential qualities by putting them into language we can understand and sharing insights that bring them life. Each devotional ends with questions and challenges that allow the reader to move from understanding to application.

Would you like a theology course in a personal, practical package indwelt by the heart and Spirit of God? Spend a year with Daily Reflections on the Names of God and watch how He changes your life.

Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Reviewer Marti Piepers passion to read, write, and pray makes her life an adventure. A prayer project led her to help Brent and Deanna Higgins tell their son’s compelling story. I Would Die for You: One Student’s Story of Passion, Service, and Faith (Revell, 2008) became a YA bestseller and missions classic.


Bride next door

Review by Vickie McDonough, author of Whispers on the Prairie

The Bride Next Door
pits spunky, down-home Daisy against Everett, a stuffy newspaper publisher.
Daisy longs for a home, family, and roots, but Everett only sees the small town
of Turnabout as a step to bigger and better things.

When the town gossip
reveals a secret, Daisy and Everett are forced into a very inconvenient

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WhispersWhispers on the Prairie
by Vickie McDonough

Review By Lena Nelson Dooley,
Co-founder & President of DFW Ready Writers, Author, Speaker, Radio Host

A City Girl Far from Home…

Sarah Marshall never wanted to leave Chicago
and head west on a wagon train bound for the New Mexico Territory,
but she wasn’t given a choice. The rugged trail is no place for her ailing
aunt—and tending oxen and gathering buffalo chips is no job for a sophisticated
young woman. All Sarah wants is to see her aunt safely to Santa
Fe, and then she plans to return home to the Windy City.

A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong…

Ethan Harper, the youngest of three adult brothers, enjoys a
peaceful existence helping run his family’s stage stop in Kansas,
along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud
continues to darken his horizon—guilt over his part in the tragic death of his
oldest brother’s wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is to
find Aaron a new wife, and then his two children would have a mother.

A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work…

A series of misfortunes strands Sarah and her aunt at the
Harpers’ Stage Stop, where they depend upon the generosity of the kindhearted
Harper family. Soon, the presence of an attractive young woman, however
unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the well–ordered lives
of the Harper brothers. Ethan grasps at this chance to get Aaron a wife, but
the more interest Aaron shows in Sarah, the less Ethan likes it. And Josh wants
his chance at wooing her, too. Will any of the brothers prove himself worthy to
Sarah? Or will she finally head home to Chicago,
leaving behind a trail of broken hearts?

I love this new book of Vickie’s. Every part of the setting
was skillfully crafted so I felt as if I were there: Chicago,
the wagon train, the Kansas
prairie, and the stagecoach stop run by the Harpers. The sights, the smells,
the feel of the wind.

The story has a unique twist. All of the various twists and
turns in the plot were plausible. That’s important to me.

And she took me deep inside the characters, so I felt their
emotions. Their interactions kept me turning pages. Some of them still live in
my heart.

I highly recommend this wonderful read.