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Book Review: The Awe of God Author: John Bevere

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

This book about understanding holy fear has been chosen as Women or Reverence's book of the month. Learn what it looks like to walk in awe of God.

Do you long for an intimate relationship with your Creator, but He seems elusive? Perhaps it is because something utterly essential is missing—the fear of the Lord. Don’t let this frighten you. Fearing God is very different than being afraid of God. It’s the key to everything.

Holy Fear is not a topic you’ll hear much about these days. But if you want to build a faith that stands strong through troubled times, you cannot afford to ignore this book.

In The Awe of God, John Bevere invites you to take a fresh look at what it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. This healthy, holy, and largely forgotten virtue is the uncommon path to a more fulfilled and fruitful spiritual life. In this book you will see why godly fear is the foundation of:

  • Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge

  • Foresight, clarity, and divine direction

  • Maturity and conformity to the image of Jesus Christ

  • Building an eternal legacy

  • Confidence, fearlessness, and security

  • Freedom from the fear of man as all lesser fears are eclipsed

If you look at the men and women in Scripture, the ones who lived and finish well all have one thing in common: they are marked by holy fear.

The Awe of God was designed to be read slowly and intentionally, given its devotional format. At the end of each of the 42 chapters are five tools to help you deepen your understanding and apply what the Spirit of God is teaching you. With this compelling and convicting message, you can experience a revival in your relationship with God, whether you’re new to following Him or have walked with Him for most of your life.

Reviewed by:

Pinky Hlophe

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a wife to Thulani Hlophe and a mother of two amazing children. We are privileged to lead Front Line People Church in Brakpan, Johannesburg. I have a Bcom Degree in Financial Management. I home-school both my children and just love seeing kids free, be themselves and grow to be who God intended them to be. I enjoy serving in Administration of our local church and passionate about worship ministry.

Name of Book:

The Awe of God


John Bevere

What drew you to read this book?:

The book was recommended to me by a friend. I am glad I read it.

What impact did this book have on your life?:

It is an educational book. I learn 't a few new terms from the bible and the impact of understanding what the fear of God really is, there is a difference between being afraid of God and having holy fear (reverence). That was insightful.

In a paragraph, what is the main point of this book?:

The book is setup as a devotional with reflective questions, additional scriptures and points to ponder plus a prayer. There are four statements echoed throughout the book, the author emphasizes and further elaborates on each one. One point was "the fear of God swallows up all destructive fears", this is then explained in detail. When we fear God we take on His heart and we draw closer to Him, we love what He loves and hate what He hates. The aim was understanding that fear of God is not terror and dread that keeps us in bondage but rather Hebrews 12:28-29 NKJV reverence and Godly fear. I enjoyed the emphasis made regarding understanding the work of holiness and the work of justification. The author made an example using his marriage about positional and behavioral holiness, our position in Christ doesn't change but our behavior needs to align with that position. Great book to deepen your understanding on the word of God.

Who would benefit from reading this book?:

Everyone will enjoy this book, the focus is solely on the fear of God and understanding practically what that looks like for us as children of God. The book teaches us not to take our relationship with God lightly.

Star Rating?:

All comments are writers own.

Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media.

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