Knowing God

Knowing God For over years J I Packer s classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder the glory and the joy of knowing God In Christianity Today voted this

For over 40 years, J I Packer s classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals This edition is updated with Americanized language and spelling and a new preface by the author Stemming fromFor over 40 years, J I Packer s classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals This edition is updated with Americanized language and spelling and a new preface by the author Stemming from Packer s profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith 1 Knowing about God and 2 Knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.

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  1. What do J I Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America Dr Packer, the Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as a doctrinal Solomon among Protestants Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptability of free flowing Pentecostal spirituality, Packer helps unify a community evange licalism that could easily fall victim to its internal tensions Knowing God, Dr Packer s seminal 1973 work, was lauded as a book which articulated shared beliefs for members of diverse denominations the TIME profile quotes Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington as saying, conservative Methodists and Presbyterians and Baptists could all look to Knowing God and say, This sums it all up for us In a similar tribute to Dr Packer almost ten years ago, American theologian Mark Noll wrote in Christianity Today that, Packer s ability to address immensely important subjects in crisp, succinct sentences is one of the reasons why, both as an author and speaker, he has played such an important role among American evangelicals for four decades For over 25 years Regent College students have been privileged to study under Dr Packer s clear and lucid teaching, and our faculty, staff and students celebrate the international recognition he rightly receives as a leading Christian thinker and teacher regent college about_r

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  1. Absolutely the most significant book I ve read in the past year, and, next to the Bible, probably had the biggest impact on me of any book I ve ever read I don t even know what to say about it I could detail analyze the contents, but others have done that already, and better than I could I think I ll just say that the Lord used Knowing God in conjunction with a few other books to re calibrate my focus, adjust my priorities, and teach me some huge, huge lessons, at a time when I was in great need [...]

  2. If, like me, you were raised going to a Christian church, reading the Bible, and participating in Bible studies, you might think you know all there is to know about God But the goal of the Christian shouldn t be merely to know about God We must realize, first, how little we know God and secondly, why it s important to do so In Knowing God, Packer stresses the importance of really understanding who God is and attempts to excite and motivate the Christian to strive towards knowing Him better Theol [...]

  3. As clowns yearn to play Hamlet, so I have wanted to write a treatise on God This book, however, is not it J.I Packer begins this book by pointing out that there are two types of probable readers for his book There are those who are on a journey or in the arena rather, whatever metaphor you wish to use for actually exploring the notion of Knowing God and then there are the balcony watchers The balconeers and travelers may think about the same concept, but there are two different ways of doing so [...]

  4. I initially bought and read Knowing God almost 35 years ago I was a new Christian, young and ignorant but as is true of many young people, I had no idea just how ignorant I really was.I don t think I can adequately express how thankful I am for Packer s book It was a Godsend to me It taught me not simply how to approach theology, but how to approach God himself It shaped my heart and my mind in ways that I m certain saved me from making even mistakes than I did in my exuberant, youthful ignoran [...]

  5. One of the best books on describing God and how much we need to KNOW Him as a crucial aspect of our worship of Him There is today far too much heretical teaching even within churches, disabling us from worshiping an objective truth, leading us to worship a variety of different Jesuses instead.It is crucial for any Christian to read books like this, and familiarise themselves not just with the Bible but with a variety of systematic commentaries and test the Word day in, day out.JI Packer hits sha [...]

  6. Knowing God is a modern Christian classic about the basics of Christian theology, yet it is written at a level that the public can understand It is pastoral in tone, exhorting the believer to know God truly as He is, not as humans often misconceive The book is especially good for someone who has never studied theology, but even the person who has will gain something.Perhaps the most edifying portion of the book comes at the beginning, when Packer stresses the dangers of studying theology for its [...]

  7. This book should be a textbook The author is truly a genius One of the great benefits of reading this book is that the author goes into deep analysis in many areas.

  8. After Piper s Desiring God, I somewhat dreaded this book, but I was happily surprised and challenged This is a wonderful book which could easily be read as full of cliches, but if you actually stop to take the cliches seriously, it gets deep and very uncliched very fast Here s a sampler Nor is it the spirit of those Christians alas, they are many whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle class Christian home, and making nice middle class Christian friends, and bringing up th [...]

  9. Helping the modern world understand God30 June 2013 This is sort of one of those books that if you have been a Christian for a while you have probably stumbled across or even read Well, I m actually not quite so sure about that now because the book was published over 35 years ago and as is typical for our modern Western culture, the older it is the less relevant it becomes Personally, I really don t think that this book is necessarily all that irrelevant because the teachings that it proposes ar [...]

  10. An excellent work that I really should have read much sooner Packer, in the pointed style of many solidly theological British authors before him, carries the reader through the nature of the Triune God the attributes or perfections of God and the work of God through justification, sanctification and glorification I particularly appreciated his emphasis certainly not excessive or unbalanced on the work of the Holy Spirit, frequently overlooked, and on the gift of adoption and its implications He [...]

  11. I have read Knowing God before and found it no less amazing this time through I love this book, and how wonderful to come to it as an older Christian and understand so much of what Packer discusses, especially regarding inward trials and God s love for us in the midst of afflictions This is solid stuff, and Packer writes with so much heart A classic Essential Christian reading A must read Call it what you will it should be part of every Christian s library.

  12. There s a reason this book consistently shows up on Books Every Christian Should Read lists I will be reading this one again.

  13. Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound in musing on the Father, a quietus for every grief, and in the influence of the Holy Spirit, a balsam for every sore Would you lose your sorrow Would you drown your cares Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead s deepest sea be lost in his immensity and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated I know nothing which can so comfort the soul so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief so speak peace to [...]

  14. I believe that this book is an essential read for followers of Christ I have learned so much This is a book that you read slowly, one chapter per reading session It is filled with scripture and hymns all along the way which I just loved I have written and underlined sections all over the book I believe that this will become a dear book friend as the years go by I will come back every few years and reread You will glean new information each time I promise

  15. I cannot recommend J.I Packer s Knowing God too highly, primarily because I have never read a book that has practically changed my own life No work obviously excepting the divinely inspired Word of God has taught me truth, opened my eyes often, or spurred me to love God strongly As the dustcover says, J.I Packer s classic has revealed to over a million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God I can t think of a better, enticing tagline to put on a book th [...]

  16. Knowing God by J.I Packer is one of THE best books on being a Christian that I have ever read Although Packer s writing style is accessible and engaging, the topics he deals with are deep and require lots of thought so this is not a book to be read quickly I took months to read through it in little bits and got so much out of it that I scarcely know where to begin.The book turns on the central thesis that in order to pursue the Christian life rightly, the Christian s life focus must be to KNOW G [...]

  17. When I started reading this book I expected to exercise my mind This book ended up doing so much than that No other book has ever challenged me the way this book did It exercised my mind but also my heart By studying the attributes of God it becomes impossible to not be totally and completely amazed by Him J.I Packer is a very intelligent man who also has such a heart for God He continually reminds the reader to not just know ABOUT God, but to also know Him in a way where we are in a personal r [...]

  18. If you want to read a deep book, this is it J.I Packer helped me understand that the greatest thing in life is knowing God Knowing God became my pursuit in life after reading this book many years ago I have many favorite chapters and quotes and I read sections of this book again and again In fact, when I go on retreats with the Lord, I always take this book with me I especially like the edition with the study guide There is a great definition of meditation in the study guide that I often use whe [...]

  19. No surprise whatsoever that this is considered one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicalism Packer writes powerfully, movingly and lucidly The subject matter of this book is the most important topic ever to be considered God I believe, in my case, that Packer has succeeded in what he intended to give a deeper, fuller, and biblical understanding of God that doesn t just expand one s knowledge, but drives one to worship and prayer This has been the case for me Each chapter is meaningfu [...]

  20. I Love this book Packer is deep, his insight and theology is equally deep but also inspires His work instills and reinforces in me as a reader the awesome Power and majesty of God but also the love and compassion of our God and Father I try and read and reread this book every year, it s that good

  21. Great book Motivates you to further study and causes you to see yourself as the finite recipient of infinite grace from an infinite God Packer stumbles a bit in some places with regard to epistemology and impassibility, but these bits are overshadowed by the large amounts of wonderful material which affirms the biblical view of these and many other subjects Recommended

  22. Critics of this book to the contrary, Packer did not write in a dry, rationalistic manner, but instead produced a warm and encouraging work on knowing and experiencing God He does not divide the heart from the mind, but encourages the whole man

  23. Excellent book on theology It leads into a specifically Presbyterian view of God While I m not of the same denomination I do find Rd Packer s insight helpful and interesting.

  24. This was not an easy read, but if you can work through it, it is a solid foundational book for the Christian faith So often we just believe something because that s how we grew up, that s what our parents believed, that s what our pastor said, that s what our friends held to and later in life if you continue to grow in your faith there are areas that God rocks you in just shatters what you thought you believed and shows you a clearer picture of Him That s what this book was like for me, but inst [...]

  25. I don t know what could be said of this book that others haven t already said so eloquently Knowing God is a masterpiece of theology, written with amazing spiritual depth yet still readable That said, as a personal testimony, I remember first reading it in my 20 s and not making it to the end This as a testimony of my own fickleness and spiritual immaturity, not difficulty of the book It required concentration than I was capable or willing to give I read it in my 30 s and probably understood ab [...]

  26. This book seems to be somewhere on every evangelical s to read list I suggest moving it up To the top A friend of mine said it best It took my mind and made it right It was challenging and took longer than I thought it would, but it was so worth it Each chapter, sentence, word is a delicious nugget of truth for a mind that desires to know God My foundation was fortified and my affections were stirred I really do feel like I can know God better

  27. I first read this in college over 20 years ago This book is Packer s take on what it means to know God the God of the Bible in the Person and work of Jesus Christ For a class I am now teaching, I just re read it and I am glad that I did For some readers this book may be slightly laborious hang in there The Lord used this book in many ways during my second reading Perhaps most significantly and most surprising was Packer s emphasis on adoption toward the end of the book Were I asked to focus the [...]

  28. a classic great primer on the attributes of God chapter 2 in particular stuck out Dr Packer offers four propositions as evidences of knowing God 1 Those who know God have great energy for God.2 Those who know God have great thoughts of God.3 Those who know God show great boldness for God 4 Those who know God have great contentment in God.I apologize for the mini spoiler, but these four propositions remain reminders for me that if any of these are lacking in me, I must also be lacking in my pursu [...]

  29. Knowing God a concept worth pondering and a pursuit worth endeavoring This has probably been my favorite theology book The use of the word theology seems scary to some and impractical to others, but Packer clears this up in the first few pages by letting us know that this is the most practical project anyone can engage in Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives The study of God informs us who God is which results in a lifestyle and attitude of joyfulness which please [...]

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