Title: God, Himself
Author: Dr. Tony Evans
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Y’all know I love me some Dr. Tony Evans. So when I saw this book on my list of available books to do a review on for Moody Publishers, I jumped on it! Then I got distracted by Kingdom Agenda by Dr. Evans and then hit a reading slump. I’ve had this book for months (sorry), and it’s been on my to-read list since December. Finally, at the end of January, I said bump it and picked it up. And I am glad I did. If the title didn’t clue you in, this book is all about who God is. His attributes and His characteristics. I’ll admit, I can be a bit selfish. So at times, my prayers can be all about me and what I need. So reading this book (after the Bible, of course, the Psalms helped a lot) really had me taking moments to focus on who God is and what that means.
*A huge thank you to Moody Publishers for sending your girl this book for free as part of the blogger program.*
God, Himself is broken up into ten chapters, with each chapter being dedicated to an attribute of God. It covers the following attributes: His nature, His allness, His holiness, His wrath, His sovereignty, His love, His wisdom, His goodness, His grace, and His glory.
Dr. Evans tells us that we cannot truly live the abundant life that Jesus promised us if we don’t have a real grasp of his attributes. The prophet Jeremiah tells us to boast in the fact that “he understands and knows Me.” So Dr. Evans walks us through how to do just that. He starts with God as the Creator. This, for me, was a lot of information that I already knew. Same with the information about God being a spirit, Him being personal, and Him being eternal. But after that, we start going a bit deeper. Dr. Evans breaks down each attribute into more detail. So while I have heard of God being omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, being able to see how Dr. Evans was able to combine them into, for example, the allness of God, really helped me grasp not only what that means of God, but what it means for my life.
Like with all of his other books, Dr. Evans gives you plenty of Scripture to back up the information He provides you. I always enjoy the glimpse into his life that he gives in each of his books. It honestly makes him seem more personable, which can get lost sometimes if you only see him on tv. One thing that I absolutely enjoyed about the book is how Dr. Evans was able to connect each attribute to us as God’s children. Honestly, I walked into this book expecting to learn more about God. I didn’t expect to walk away knowing more about me. And that is exactly what happened. Because of the Holy Spirit that is in us, we all have a piece of God. And while there are obviously some of His attributes that we can’t take on, like being everywhere at all times, there are things that make us a better Christian if we adapt to it.
One thing I will say about this book that I didn’t notice with his others is there was a lot of repetition. And I don’t necessarily mean repeating what I already know. But there were many different times where he would say something only to repeat it a page or two later. This was done so many times that I really think the book could have been half the length.
So, in the end, if you have done some deep Bible study and specifically on who God is, this book might be a bit repetitive to you. That on top of the fact that it seems Dr. Evans repeats a lot of information over again in the chapters, this may not be the best read for you. But if you are new in Christ or new in understanding who God really is, this was a simple and easy book to read that broke down His attributes in easy to understand ways.