The first half of Proverbs 22:1 declares: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches…” That’s because a good name reveals who a person is, which is why a good name is to be carefully chosen due to the intrinsic value and worth the Lord places on each person’s life.
That’s also why the first step in truly knowing a person is to first know their name – and no name can better capture the nature and character of God more than those found in the very Word of God: Jesus (John 1:1).
In “100 Days with Jesus: A Daily Glimpse into the Person of Jesus Christ,” author Diann Cotton takes the reader through a devotional and revelatory journey through the matchless names that describe the indescribable: The beauty, wonder, awe and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Published by B&H Publishing, this 224-page book is full of beautiful photographs that perfectly correspond to each of the 100 days. With each reading, Cotton succinctly describes the selected name, alphabetized for each day, with clarity and depth, inviting the reader to further study that particular name for that day – with short, reflective questions at the end of each day’s reading.
For example, on Day Eight, the selected name is “BLESSED AND ONLY SOVEREIGN.” In the text, Cotton references 1 Tim. 6: 13-16 (NASB). In the definition of BLESSED, Cotton writes: “Having a sacred nature; Held in reverence; venerated: honored in worship: hallowed.”
Then Cotton references the word SOVEREIGN, describes the name in short detail and asks the following question at the end of that day’s reading: “How does this change your life today? Thank Him, praise Him, and worship Him as the BLESSED AND ONLY SOVEREIGN.”
One qualm I do have with the book, however, is with Day Six, where Cotton cites Jesus’ name as “BABY.” In the statement she poses to the reader at the end of that day’s reading, Cotton tells the reader to “…worship Him as a BABY today!!” While this should go without saying (and I’m sure Cotton’s heart was in the right place), Jesus is no longer a baby; He is the risen Lord and Savior – and He is God.
(While it was one thing for the three wise men to worship Him when He was a baby back then, it’s quite another to still be “worshipping” Jesus as a baby when He became a man, died on the cross, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Father, ruling and reigning for over 2,000 years. Bottom line: Jesus should never be worshipped as a baby.)
Aside from this misnomer of the name BABY, this beautiful book of the names of Jesus is well-written and the perfect text length for meditating on His name for that day. I highly recommend it to believers of all ages and stages in their spiritual growth.
Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through B&H Publishing. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.