ICRS News: John Avery’s Book, The Name Quest, Explores God’s Character, Helps Believers Grow

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June 12, 2014 - PRLog -- Morgan James Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming worldwide release of the insightful and inspiring book, The Name Quest: Explore the Names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better, by author and speaker John Avery, in paperback and e-book. Set to release in October 7th, 2014 through Ingram Publisher Services and Ingram’s Spring Arbor Distributors, The Name Quest will be available from major booksellers worldwide. Orders for the paperback version are currently being accepted at the author’s web site: www.NamesForGod.net/product/name-quest.

The Name Quest will be available at the International Christian Retailers’ Show (ICRS) in Atlanta, June 22-25, 2014 at booth #1334. John Avery will sign books on Monday, June 23rd, from 1-2 pm at booth #1334.

Fifteen years of writing and research are behind this reflective and integrative exploration of all the names of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit found in the Bible. As readers immerse themselves in the pages of The Name Quest, they will enjoy seeing how the theme of God’s names flows through the entire Bible and glean rich insights on how to grow in their relationship with God.  Floyd McClung, International Director, All Nations, writes of The Name Quest: “No one has ever met God completely or exhaustively. But God invites you to know Him. Like a clear trail in a forest, the names of God lead you deeper into the heart of God. In his book, The Name Quest, John Avery leads us deeper into God’s heart.”

Though some works take an encyclopedic approach, cataloguing the names of God and presenting information in a rather dry manner, and others have used a devotional approach that can be shallow and selective, Avery examines God’s names in clusters, around common themes. Each chapter explores a different aspect of God’s nature and the meaning of the names reflecting that nature. “God is a personality too integrated and dynamic to dissect or compartmentalize,” says Avery. Going beyond merely providing information, Avery presents the material in a manner that will strengthen readers’ relationship with God and build their faith in Him. Peter J. Iliyn, North American Director, YWAM, writes: “John Avery has done a masterful job explaining all the biblical names of God in his creative and informative book, The Name Quest. If you’re looking for an exciting Bible study that will help transform you into the image of the heavenly Father, this book is for you. I strongly recommend The Name Quest both for young students of the word and for seasoned ministers.”

In the context of reflections on the names of God, Avery digs into tough subjects: What does the title “God of gods” mean and who are Satan and his demonic forces? What exactly is “glory”? How should Christians relate to people of other religious beliefs in an age of tolerance and multiculturalism? How do we deal with Jesus’ claim to be the way, the truth, and the life? Can we really relate to the Holy God and the Judge? How can a good God be called “Jealous”? (You will be surprised how much love underlies the title, “Jealous God.”) What does it mean to call Jesus the Christ or Messiah? What did the titles Immanuel, Christ, and Messiah mean to the people who first heard them? In what sense is Jesus Lord (Philippians 2), and in what ways is He our Shepherd? Ronald Youngblood, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Hebrew at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, writes: “Encyclopedic in its scope, The Name Quest leaves no ‘stone’ unturned in its author’s search for names, titles and descriptions of the persons of the Trinity found in the Bible. . . . The bulk of Avery’s book is given to lively expositions of God’s acts in creation and redemption, his nature, his miracles, his incarnation, his wisdom, his blessing, his relationship to his people, his timelessness, his faithfulness, his love, his justice, his kingdom, his glory—and more. Avery’s writing style is now lively, now challenging, always engrossing. . . . The Name Quest is well worth reading through from cover to cover, and prayerfully at that.”

Sam Skillern, of Salem Leadership Foundation, writes: “What’s in a name? John Avery takes us on the ultimate exploration of the Ultimate Name. With both exhaustive research and engaging narrative, John’s work and wit will be a blessing to any sojourner’s quest. Layperson, teacher, and serious seeker alike will be challenged and edified.”

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 www.BibleMaturity.com and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net.

The launch of The Name Quest will be powered by a coordinated, broad-based PR and marketing campaign, featuring Ingram Publisher Services to all major booksellers, advertising and special promotions (Internet and other), multiple blog tours, 100-200 reviewers, a series of local book signings, and free e-book offers.

All media inquiries and requests for interviews, appearances, and review copies should be directed to:

John Avery

Web site: www.NamesForGod.net/product/name-quest

Email: BibleMaturity@gmail.com

Phone: (971) 240-0333

Follow John Avery on Twitter: @NamesforGod (www.twitter.com/NamesForGod)

Like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/namesforgod

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+JohnAvery503

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/john-avery/5/2a5/356

The Name Quest: Explore the Names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better

Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 978-1630471590 (paperback)

394 pages

Retail: $24.99

Publication date: October 7, 2014

Category: Christian nonfiction

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