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Knowing God | [J. I. Packer]

Knowing God

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.
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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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    Gregory belleville, MI, United States 01-07-13
    Gregory belleville, MI, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Knowing God to be better than the print version?

    No I follow along with the audio version.


    What other book might you compare Knowing God to and why?

    Spiritual Leadership By J Oswald Sanders


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't that i know of.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kind of both


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved it and have listened to it twice already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. SILSBEE, TX, United States 10-26-11
    R. SILSBEE, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    This is a great book with a great message. Every chapter makes you consider where you are in knowing God.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    W. Tyson Ft. Walton Beach, FL 02-07-14
    W. Tyson Ft. Walton Beach, FL 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly rich & practical -- read well!"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-03-13
    Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very deep theology"
    Where does Knowing God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks near the top.


    What other book might you compare Knowing God to and why?

    Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King is similar because it is primarily an examination of God's holiness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Prepare yourself for deep thoughts about God.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda United States 01-29-13
    Brenda United States 01-29-13
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    Would you listen to Knowing God again? Why?

    yes just so I could go back and enjoy again


    What did you like best about this story?

    somebody else read to me - no flipping pages could pause


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    to point out the points in the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no alot to digest at one time needed to let it soak in then go forward


    Any additional comments?

    my first time listening to a audible book love it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles United States 10-30-11
    Charles United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Theological Treatise"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 06-21-11
    Reg Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 06-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Old Man Shakes cain at modern religion"

    Much of this book feels like an old man shaking his cain at young people while unfairly making over generalizations and pinting to himself or his generation as an example the best way to go.

    That said much of the book is excellent and everyone should read. I don't deny his wisdom, but it is his literacy outside of his choosen profession that I have doubts abut.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
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