A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian's existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the "gigantic conspiracy of misdirection" by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word. What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for "honest, no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage" in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating "small studies out of great subjects."
Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God's wrath, and God's sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter's theology seems to rival the next, until one's mind is so expanded that one's entire view of God has changed. Author Elizabeth Eliot wrote that amid the lofty content, Packer "puts the hay where the sheep can reach it - plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God."
Having rescued us from the individual hunches of our ultra-tolerant theological age, Packer points the listener to the true character of God with his theological competence and compassionate heart. The lazy and faint-hearted should be warned about this timeless work - God is magnified, the sinner is humbled, and the saint encouraged.
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Packer is very thought-provoking. He and I disagree on some minor theological issues. Packer is a Calvinist, and I am not. However, just because we disagree with an individual on something doesn't mean we can't learn from him/her. In this book I learned many excellent things. Packer and I most certainly disagree on symbols of the cross and pictorial representations of Christ as being equivalent to idolatry (he devotes a full chapter to this idea). However, I believe he provides a great deal of insight on the many other topics covered. Ultimately, you have to decide what is biblically sound vs what is the opinion of an individual. So if you find something you disagree with in this book, go to the true source -- the Bible. Test what is said and trust the Holy Spirit in your guidance.
It ranks near the top.
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King is similar because it is primarily an examination of God's holiness.
The discussion of the concept of adoption really spoke to me. I don't tend to think in terms of being an "adopted member of the family" in my Christian walk. For me, I understand that God is my Heavenly Father and I am a princess of His Kingdom, but beyond that, to think of myself as being related to Jesus and therefore, actually a member of God's family - that was a new and very meaningful concept for me.
Prepare yourself for deep thoughts about God.
It may have been unfair of me not to give Knowing God by J.I. Packer a perfect score because I'm more interested in prayer and encouragement than I am in the particulars of theology. While I did not find anything in the book to be unuseful or boring, I found it to be wanting somewhat in those two areas. Prayer is dealt with, but encouragement is almost entirely ignored.
This book is coceptual. It's not really a how-to guide so much as it is a how-it-is guide. That's useful as far as it goes, but I needed more guidance about prayer and more general encouragement.
Anyone looking for an in-depth study of Christian concepts dealing directly with the characteristics of God (theology) will love this book.
The narration could not have been better.
Great reading for all Christians at whatever level. - I recommend it highly. I will read it again in the future. It's that good.
You are what you feed your mind...so, feed it the good stuff!!!
Incredible insight and understanding...J I Packer has a way of explaining things so that they are easier to digest, understand and comprehend. This is a MUST read...I'll be reading (listening) to this one again and again for many years to come!
No I follow along with the audio version.
Spiritual Leadership By J Oswald Sanders
No I haven't that i know of.
Kind of both
Just loved it and have listened to it twice already.
yes just so I could go back and enjoy again
somebody else read to me - no flipping pages could pause
to point out the points in the book
no alot to digest at one time needed to let it soak in then go forward
my first time listening to a audible book love it
I have read Knowing God more than once, but quite a while ago. Getting an Audible presentation of it reminded me how incredibly rich and practical Packer's exposition of the character and ways of God really is. It is a tremendous book, solidly based on the Bible, and with wisdom not often found among the myriad of modern authors. The church of our day deeply needs the truths so well expounded in this book, as well as the rich practical application Packer makes. J. I. Packer is British, and Simon Vance, the narrator, is apparently British as well, and does a wonderful job presenting Knowing God. Anyone who has heard J. I. Packer's beautiful British accent will greatly appreciate Audible's choice of narrators. In my opinion, this is one of those books virtually every Christian ought to read or listen to, and one that many struggling Christians -- whether disillusioned or suffering or confused -- would find of immense help. It is not "light reading" or "listening," but it is clear, solid, wise, mature, food for the mind and heart, and would repay many times over close attention given to it! Out of the thousands of books in my library, were I to recommend only a few I thought most every Christian ought to read, Knowing God would be among them. But having it available through Audible.com, and read so well by Simon Vance, is a definite 5 star plus, making it easy to listen to in one's car, which is the way I have listened, or wherever one might prefer to listen to a book. In my opinion, 5 stars without a doubt!!! -- Bill Tyson
If you are looking for a good theological book, this is probably it. It made some good points, but was not quite the good listening book I had hoped.
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