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

Very deep theology

Where does Knowing God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks near the top.

What other book might you compare Knowing God to and why?

Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King is similar because it is primarily an examination of God's holiness.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of the concept of adoption really spoke to me. I don't tend to think in terms of being an "adopted member of the family" in my Christian walk. For me, I understand that God is my Heavenly Father and I am a princess of His Kingdom, but beyond that, to think of myself as being related to Jesus and therefore, actually a member of God's family - that was a new and very meaningful concept for me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Prepare yourself for deep thoughts about God.

Any additional comments?

It may have been unfair of me not to give Knowing God by J.I. Packer a perfect score because I'm more interested in prayer and encouragement than I am in the particulars of theology. While I did not find anything in the book to be unuseful or boring, I found it to be wanting somewhat in those two areas. Prayer is dealt with, but encouragement is almost entirely ignored.

This book is coceptual. It's not really a how-to guide so much as it is a how-it-is guide. That's useful as far as it goes, but I needed more guidance about prayer and more general encouragement.

Anyone looking for an in-depth study of Christian concepts dealing directly with the characteristics of God (theology) will love this book.

The narration could not have been better.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2011
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