“How Artwork and a Quilt Became a Devotional Book” By Beth Willis Miller

 I am happy to introduce Beth Willis Miller. I have followed her for over a year now reading her blog and encouragement she shares. 

Beth writes…
In the past year, I have been drawn to
incorporate beautiful artwork as a focal point in my blog posts to wrap my
study of Scripture and prayer around. 
Fellow author, Ifeoma Samuel, was such a
wonderful encourager to me during this time, inspiring me to think about
publishing some of my devotionals as a book.
After requesting and receiving permission from Krista Hamrick to feature her
artwork on several of my blog posts in 2015, I was captured by the intricate
beauty of her beautiful original art print, Name
Above All Names Alphabet
.

Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art
print, Name Above All Names Alphabet,
was so inspiring to me. Each of the 26 individual Names of Jesus Christ which
she identified were so special, almost like stained glass windows, as Krista
intricately painted each one with its Scripture reference. My heart was drawn
to write a devotional word study based on the Scripture reference for each
Name, starting with the letter “A” for “Alpha and Omega”
and continuing through all 26 letters to “Z” for “King of
Zion.”

One day, I received an email from a sweet lady named Jane Anderson in Kansas
asking if her women’s group could use these devotionals for a Bible study. She
told me she had created a quilt of Krista’s artwork. She prepared the quilt
squares for me and I put them together to form the completed quilt.

I purchased the 11” x 14” Name Above All
Names Alphabet
art print from Krista, and she and I felt led to publish our
Name
Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ
with
her illustrations and my devotionals.

Now I have installed a quilt shelf to hold my quilt, our books, and placed
Krista’s inspiring framed artwork next to it in my quiet time space…such a
blessing!

Combining the beauty of Krista’s artistic excellence with these word study
devotionals is perfect for individual quiet reflection or small group Bible
studies focusing on the Name Above All Names—Jesus Christ—and His attributes
and characteristics.

Name
Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ

Book Review by Michele Morin: 

The infinite variety in nature, the curious
complexity of human behavior, the synchronicity of multiple systems in our own
anatomy — and in the solar system — all point, through general revelation, to
the nature of God: multi-faceted, magnificent, and yet mysterious. Special
revelation in Scripture picks up where creation leaves off, and Beth Willis
Miller has teamed up with artist Krista Hamrick to focus on twenty-six pieces
of evidence in Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical
Names of Christ. The result is an alphabetical collection that resembles a
twenty-six sided gem, each facet reflecting a slightly different hue of the
nature of God the Son. From Alpha and Omega to King of Zion, each devotional
highlights the Scriptural basis for the name in multiple translations and then
provides commentary on the verses. Beth applies the truth and then invites her
readers to join her in a prayer that turns the truth into a paean of praise
No
mere academic exercise, the point of Name Above All Names Devotional is
threefold:

Look up – Meditate on the name and what it reveals about the character of God.


Look in
– I am propelled to ask galvanizing questions about my discoveries:
“Because God is ___________________, I should therefore _______________.”


Look out
– Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good,
and for His glory.

With full-color art work and space for notes, Name Above All Names Devotional
is a treasure for devotional reading, a resource for serious study, and a
thoughtful and inspiring gift for loved ones
.”

About the Author
Beth Willis Miller, M.Ed., author of Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26
Alphabetical Names of Christ
with Illustrator, Krista Hamrick; contributing
author of Under His Wings: Truths to Heal Adopted Children’s Hearts; 21 Stories
of Generosity: Real Stories to Inspire a Full Life; A New Song: Glimpses of the
Grace Journey; married with two adult children, and two adorable grandsons.



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34 thoughts on ““How Artwork and a Quilt Became a Devotional Book” By Beth Willis Miller”

    • Thank you, again, Michele, for your wonderful review of my book. Your descriptions are so specific and I love the way you elaborated on Look Up, Look in, Look Out–it really helps to expand the applucation to our lives. You are a such a warm encourager to me and Ifeoma, as well as so many others. Many blessings to you on this 4th of July ❤️

  1. As I read this, I feel so moved by how God chooses to work. He beautifully weaved all the pieces and persons together and now the result – an inspiring book declaring the glory of God. Amazing! Thank you all for allowing God to display His splendor through you.

    • Thank you, Carlie! I, too, marvel at the intricate ways God works behind the scenes in our lives. As I sit in my quiet time space and gaze at the quilt, artwork, and books, I thank God everyday for His Amazing Grace and giving me such an awesome and tangible expression of His love. Many blessings to you on this 4th of July ❤️

  2. Oh, Wow! So proud of you, Beth! I know that your devotional will bless the hearts of many! I'll definitely be purchasing a copy. And I absolutely love the quilt by that way! Thanks so much for sharing, Ifeoma! GOD bless both of you beautiful women of GOD! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Tai! That is my prayer as well, that many would be blessed and all the praise and glory and honor goes to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–the Name Above All Names! Many blessings to you!

  3. Beth, it's good to bump into you here today and to hear more from you on how your book came to be. What a blessing it will be on many levels!

    May its success be bountiful, may your joy be full …

  4. I love the way you've taken this beautiful artwork and decorated your quiet time space with it. Such a lovely reminder every time you glance that way of who Jesus is and how His presence with you affects your life and the lives of those around you.

    • Amen, Ruth! I so agree with you! I see God's Hand in every aspect of this project…from the initial inspiration of Krista's magnificent artwork, to the email from Jane indicating that others might be encouraged by the word study devotionals, and the fact that she had already made one quilt of Krista's artwork, and her willingness to make the quilt squares for me, and the ease with which Krista and I were able to publish the devotional book on Amazon…all were gifts from the Lord! I thank Him over and over again every day. Many blessings to you!

  5. I love how God laid out each of the steps and put them together in this beautiful devotional! I love the idea behind it! I pray it will encourage hearts and bring them closer to the Lord!

    Thank you for sharing this devotional and the hope to which it points at #MomentsofHope!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  6. Oh wow! This is amazing and inspiring! God's handiwork is all over this! Congratulations on your book Beth. May it bless others abundantly.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • Jennifer, the entire process still amazes me…I do believe it was a gift for which I thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day…may all glory and honor go to Him! Many blessings to you ❤️

  7. Thank you for sharing the story of your devotional book. You have taken artwork, God's word and your ability to go deeper and combined it into a beautiful offering. Blessings!

  8. I've always been intrigued by the many names and meanings behind the names of God, so your devotional sounds interesting, Beth! And thanks to Ifeoma for highlighting your beautiful new book.

  9. I always loved to read your blog posts featuring the artwork! What a wonderful way to incorporate gifts of God and weave them in and through scripture! Blessings to you on your efforts!

    • Carrie, thank you so much for your kind words–they are so encouraging to me. It truly was a gift from God in every sense of the word–all glory and honor and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–the Name Above All Names! Many blessings to you!

  10. Thank you Ifeoma for sharing Beth with us here at Tell me a Story. Her friend Krista's art work is inspiring and a beautiful blend with the devotional book. The title of the book reminds me of the beautiful Hymn, "Name above all Names."

  11. Congratulations on the book Beth! Thank you Ifeoma for your encouragement and sharing her words here. I have often enjoyed the devotionals you shared with these beautiful art pieces when I have visited your place, Beth. I am excited to see how God will move through your obedience.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    • Dawn, thank you for your encouragement! It is exciting to see how God is working behind the scenes to connect-the-dots to His Will in our lives…I am still in awe every morning in my quiet time space when I gaze at each of the marvelous Names of Christ on my quilt…so thankful! Many blessings to you!

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