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Surprised to see Scripture taken to an incorrect translation
I was surprised to hear Packer write about idols and the use of even a cross which he took from Exodus(10 Commandments). He wrote almost an entire chapter from something that does not appear in Scripture. I was very turned off from this book that I thought was a classic. I stopped listening a few chapters into the book because of the way he handled that passage. Too bad. I wanted to like this a lot.
Review by / (Posted on 1/31/2012)
Powerful Biblical Doctrine
J.I. Packer is a brilliant biblical scholar. One fo the great voids of modern Christianity is the lack of biblical doctrine among Christ's followers. This 'book' will give you a clear understanding of much of the biblical doctrine. Knowing God better/deeper will produce a stronger faith. Listen to this to add depth to your Christian walk.

Highly recommended.

- Rupert
Review by / (Posted on 1/19/2012)
A Classic for Good Reason
Knowing God by J. I. Packer is one of those books that is often recommended as a modern classic, and for good reason. In what is often considered Packer’s signature work, he helps believers to understand several important attributes of God. Unlike some other authors, Packer is not writing about God’s attributes to merely fill our heads with theological concepts, but is instead challenging believers to allow their understanding of the person of God to lead them to greater devotion and holiness.

There is much to love about this book, which explains why so many people have recommended it to me for so many years. Packer takes his readers deeply into many characteristics of God that are often neglected. A reader who works through this material will certainly come away with a deeper understanding or at least a deeper appreciation of the God of the bible.

One particular area that I enjoyed was Packer’s handling of the word propitiation. In explaining what God has done for us to satisfy his wrath and atone for our sins, Packer unpacks the theological concept of propitiation in a thorough and accessible way.

I listened to a free audio copy of this work provided for me through the reviewers program at Simon Vance has just the right reading voice, accent and cadence, to bring to life Packer’s work.

Review by / (Posted on 12/20/2011)
Helps to bring you back to God Himself.
Speaking from the point of view of an average listener, this book is helping me to reestablish many principles of my christian life. Basically: bringing me back to Christ as the center of my christian life. Not anything else.
Review by / (Posted on 8/29/2011)
theology - yes; audio - no
Packer writes this book not as a treatise on G-d, but his own admission, even though its length greatly suggests such. Packer considers this to be a series of small studies concerning G-d, as separate messages, but provided a whole in this audio book edition, narrated by Simon Vance.

Vance provides a husky voice, presented in a discussion format. Vance does an excellent job at proper intonation, inflection, and authentic reading. Small groups will identify will with the narration, but find struggle keeping up with the material. In truth, this book, in itself, is evidence that audio books will never replace traditional format books (to be read, that is, not necessarily printed). Greatly complex, this book is not suited well for audio, despite the narrator's best attempts.

The Score:
+4 for talented narration
+4 for popular reading
-3 for complexity found in narration
= +5

SG recommends the print edition, for sure, but not the audio, unless one has a doctorate in Theology.

Christian Audio provided a copy of the audio for reviewing purposes.

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Review by / (Posted on 8/19/2011)
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