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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Clear, Concise and Life Changing
I have been what I call, a "jack" Christian for many years. For the past 10-years or so a deep thirst came over me for the TRUTH of/about God. Tired of "playing-at-church", I began a journey in search of Real Truth and answers to questions that haunted me; how can I, being sinful, be holy as He is Holy? How can I, deserving of death, be justified? How can I escape the bondage of this life within & without? and many, many more. I found no help or answers in "the church," though I spent many years as part of the "worship team" in my local church; or programs, or Christian "self-help" books. I discovered some of the "old divines" Martin Luther Thomas Aquinas, Horatius Bonar, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Augustine, Fenelon, Thomas Watson & more; and because of my active role in church music hymn writers like Isaac Watts (my favorite), Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley & many others. I still read these great men of God & hymnals (a particular passion of mine), after all they are probably part of that "great cloud of witnesses" that surround us, and help me to throw off anything that hinders.
From these wonderful, refreshing and sometimes terrible truths I was learning I have been lead to the more recent "old divines", AW Tozer, Dallas Willard, John Stott, Andrew Murray, J. I. Packer and others.
No other “recent” book about God comes close to affecting my walk with God as does this one. In fact everything I have read or listened to that JI Packer has written deepens my understanding & gives the heart wings! I have been listening to this book for about 2-years now, and I continually glean gospel truths and fresh insight into some of the deep things of God.
Simon Vance, the narrator, is a perfect choice! He is British, so is Packer. I have many live sermons and some interviews of Packer, and Mr. Vance's voice and inflections are as close to seamless w/the author as one may get. As a matter of fact I have purposely searched for audiobooks that Simon Vance narrated because he recites so perfectly & his voice is so well suited to narration – perfect diction, no stumbling, not hurried, smooth resonance. But alas, he narrates a lot of worldly books that I am not at all interested in.
If I could give 10-stars, I would. This book will be, as it has been, a constant companion. Beautifully written, perfectly narrated, and most of all the unvarnished Truth about knowing God.
Buy it, listen to it, you will not be disappointed.
Classic core theological truths
Sound theology is quickly sinking into the history books in most churches. A trip through this book was a much needed refresher for me. My only complaint is that the reading tone was a bit too academic and cold for my tastes, but it suited the content.
One of the most difficult audio books I've tried to listen to. Not sure if it's the narrator or the content. But I am sorry I purchased this book!!
Packer may be considered a legendary theologian buy this book an I are not getting along!