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 reader 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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Pastor Casey says:
J.I. Packer's “Knowing God” has become an evangelical classic since it was first published in 1973. In short, “Knowing God” is an evangelical doctrine of God. Though an evangelical Anglican himself, Packer's theology is influenced by Reformed theology, the stream which carries John Calvin and the English Puritans among others. As a Wesleyan/Methodist, I have occasional disagreements w... Read more
Knowing God is a theological treatise of sorts. Packer is clearly well versed in scripture and well read in a variety of theologians and biblical scholars. He does a good job of laying out many of the tenants and concepts of fundamentalist theology. His book makes complex ideas and concepts accessible to the average believer. But this book is best listened to and digested in small bites rather tha... Read more
Andrew Wencl says:
Who is the God of the Bible? In a time where bestselling books on this subject are more speculation and introspection than devotion and exegesis, J.I. Packer’s Knowing God offers a refreshing look at God as revealed in the Bible. The book, much like John Piper’s Desiring God, has shown over the last few decades that it is still relevant because it communicates timeless truth firmly founded... Read more