Knowing God

  • by J. I. Packer
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Excellent Theology -- I have minor disagreements

Packer is very thought-provoking. He and I disagree on some minor theological issues. Packer is a Calvinist, and I am not. However, just because we disagree with an individual on something doesn't mean we can't learn from him/her. In this book I learned many excellent things. Packer and I most certainly disagree on symbols of the cross and pictorial representations of Christ as being equivalent to idolatry (he devotes a full chapter to this idea). However, I believe he provides a great deal of insight on the many other topics covered. Ultimately, you have to decide what is biblically sound vs what is the opinion of an individual. So if you find something you disagree with in this book, go to the true source -- the Bible. Test what is said and trust the Holy Spirit in your guidance.
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- Murph Hutson

Deep and full this book is.

I enjoyed and was edified by it. A slight Calvinistic bent. Very well thought out and presented.
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- OnGuardMan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2011
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com