Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One Year Alone With God

Today I welcome Ava Pennington, author of a great new devotional, One Year Alone With God, 366 Deovtions on the Names of God.

Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. She is the author of One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God (Revell Books), endorsed by Precepts founder and teacher Kay Arthur. Additionally, Ava is co-author of  Faith Basics for Kids. The first two books in the series are Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? (Standard Publishing).

Ava has also published stories in more than twenty anthologies, including sixteen books in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, The  LOOKOUT, Today’s Christian Woman, and other magazines.

Ava is a passionate speaker and teacher, and delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations.

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About the book:
In the daily devotional One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God, author Ava Pennington examines the biblical names of God through 366 daily readings and helps readers discover what those names mean for their own faith.
Readers will learn how a particular name of God provides insight into his character, how those attributes affect them individually or how they should relate to others. Pennington examines each of God’s names for three days, applying these three perspectives to our lives.
Each devotion looks at a particular name of God and includes a passage of Scripture, questions for reflection, and a prayer.
One year from now, will you be able to say that you know God better than you did before? Revitalize your devotional life with an intimate journey through the names of God.
The next 366 days will pass quickly—make each one count!
One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God may be purchased through:

For our interview, I asked Ava the following questions:

1. What’s been a favorite work experience you’ve had so far in life?

            Although it isn’t a paid position, I’ve been teaching a weekly, interdenominational Bible study for 175+ women for the past several years. I love working with women who desire to grow in their relationship with the Lord by meeting Him in His Word.

2. If you could do anything you want, what would it be?

            Please don’t think this is a cop-out, but teaching and writing is precisely what I want to do. I am so privileged that my dream job is my present job.

3. What’s the most exotic place you’ve visited?

            Caracas, Venezuela. In my previous career, I was a Human Resources executive for several international companies based in New York City, and was fortunate to travel extensively.


4. What do you see outside the closest window right now?

Grass, shrubs, and a baby mango tree I grew from a seed and planted a few months ago.

I’m not usually a patient person, but since mangos are one of my favorite fruits, I’ll wait!

5. What do you tell people when they ask “and what do you do?”

            It took me forever to answer that question with “I’m a writer” before my first book was published. I dreaded the follow-up question…“And what have you published?”

            I finally realized that I could not expect other people to see me as a writer if I didn’t begin identifying myself as one.

6. Where’s your favorite place to grocery shop?

            Two places, actually. Walmart for my long lists. Publix Supermarket for the in-between trips. (And I’m a coupon-clipper!)

7. What, to you, is worship?

            For me, true worship occurs when I am so lost in who God is that nothing else is more important to me than giving Him the praise He is due.