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Knowing God Paperback – Feb. 16 2021
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A REMARKABLE LIFE OF KNOWING GOD
J. I. Packer (1926–2020) is regarded as one of the most well-known theologians and influential evangelicals of our time. Once named to Time magazine's list of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America, Packer wrote what many consider the definitive classic evangelical book of the twentieth century, Knowing God, which has sold more than one million copies in North America alone.
As the author of forty-seven books, Packer's prolific work has impacted countless pastors, thought leaders, theologians, and authors. He preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and as theological editor of the Study Bible version. When Christianity Today conducted a survey to determine the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals, Packer's book Knowing God came in fifth. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores.
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"A hundred years from now only a handful of books written today will still be widely read and accepted as Christian classics. Dr. James I. Packer's Knowing God may well prove to be one of them. A gifted theologian and writer, Dr. Packer has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way. This book will help every reader grasp in a fuller way one of the Bible's greatest truths: that we can know God personally because God wants us to know him."
"The books and essays Dr. Packer has written could fill shelves, but he is still known best for his fine work in Knowing God. Others may have followed with books about desiring, loving, serving, or seeking God, but Dr. Packer's volume says it simply, says it best."
Joni Eareckson Tada
"Knowing God is must reading for any Christian who is serious about their faith. While it is theology, it is practical, and while it is profound, it is easy reading. I highly recommend it."
"I first read the book in 1977 in what was then the ninth American printing. I was discipled by that book before I knew what discipleship was! As I reread it recently, I was embarrassed by all the ideas I kept coming upon that I thought were mine. Then I realized that through his book Packer had made them mine. It dawned on me that bad books try to tell us what to think, while good books help us to think. But truly good books shape the way we think. That's what this book did for me. There isn't a song I've written that hasn't been impacted by the point of view in this book. Knowing God not only points to the door, it provides the key, helps us open it and prepares us for the One we shall discover waiting for us on the other side. In his book Packer rescues us from the 'private religious hunches' of our theologically fickle age, from the 'gigantic conspiracy of misdirection' that would rob us of the deep, simple joy of knowing God."
"'Those who know God have great contentment in God.' It is no wonder so many are so discontented! They don't know God. Oh if only they would use Knowing God as a devotional study. It would create such a thirst for more of God that they would keep on coming to him in his Word and drinking of him. This book is the classic God used to launch me into a study of the sovereignty of God. I'll never be the same!"
"Here is a theologian who puts the hay where the sheep can reach it-plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God."
"[Packer's] style is succinct, vivid, and epigrammatic. His perspective is mind stretching, as he surveys the whole biblical scene. And the truth he handles fires the heart. At least it fired mine and compelled me to turn aside to worship and to pray."
John R. W. Stott
"If I can't put the Bible on this list, I'll choose a Packer book instead. Every national and world leader must seek to know the nations and world in which they serve. And in order to know this world and its people, we must first know the God who shaped and molded us all. Packer simply and powerfully re-introduces us to God: his attributes, actions, and, most important, his grace."
Joshua DuBois, "My Top Five," Christianity Today, September 2014
"Knowing God is a masterpiece by a master theologian. It serves as a wake-up call for those who are asleep to the majesty of God."
R. C. Sproul
"To keep any splendid book in print is a worthy project. Keeping Dr. Packer's classic, Knowing God, alive is reason to celebrate. The people of God will be superbly served by this wonderful gift. I congratulate InterVarsity Press."
About the Author
- Publisher : IVP BOOKS; 1st edition (Feb. 16 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830848614
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830848614
- Item weight : 354 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.29 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #49 in Christian Discipleship (Books)
- #71 in Theology (Books)
- #96 in Christianity Textbooks
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I originally thought “Knowing God” would be more practical in helping me grow in relationship with God and live toward that aim. The truths presented do help with that, but they are presented in a very dry, uninspiring manner better suited for slower chapter study or a seminary course.
Even more frustrating was the way Packer inserted verse references *within* the sentences rather than at the sentence’s end or as footnotes. Because of this, the flow of the text was interrupted repeatedly.
Many times reading I found myself wanting to just put it down and read God’s Word instead. I ended up reading someone else’s notes on the remaining chapters (16 to the end). Thankfully, these notes brought helpful clarity to the beautiful truths Packer sought to convey.
Perhaps it would be better suited to reading and studying the truths from each chapter one at a time, studying mostly instead of just seeking to read it like most other books.