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Knowing God [Kindle Edition]

J. I. Packer
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One of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals (Christianity Today, 2006)

Platinum Book Award, Evangelical Christian Publishing Association

For over 40 years, J. I. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals. This edition is updated with Americanized language and spelling and a new preface by the author.

Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith— knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God.

Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.


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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 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. --Jill Heatherly

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A spiritual classic ... The truth he handles fires the heart. -- John Stott Dr Packer's volume says it simply, says it best. -- Joni Eareckson Tada Has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way. -- Billy Graham This book is strong meat. To read and digest it is an experience no discerning reader is likely to forget. -- Church Times

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  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 20th anniversary ed edition (September 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NZ66RC
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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound book about the God of the Bible April 27, 2003
Format:Paperback
First, I must admit that Knowing God is the first book by Packer that I have read. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Considered a modern Christian classic by many, Knowing God lives up to its reputation. In it Packer presents a balanced view of God - who He is, what He is like, what He has done for us, and what He expects from us in return. I had a pretty good understanding of some subjects before reading this book, but found myself learning a lot as Packer challenged me to dig deeper into the Bible, and apply my faith in order to get a clearer picture of God.
I really enjoyed this book because I have been looking for "deep" Christian books that are neither full of fluff (like a lot of the recent self-help style Christian books), or too full of theology to grasp (thick, boring tomes that most Pastors can't even finish). I found that Knowing God fits nicely into this category. Packer's thoughts about God are deep, yet concise. He includes a lot of scripture to support his perspective, which indicates that it is not written for a "new" or "baby" Christian, and he also includes some historical and academic material as well. I liked the fact the he quotes many sources which enabled me to write down the titles to other books which go deeper into subjects of interest to me.
Overall, I recommend this book to Christians who have a firm grasp of their faith, and are looking for guidance on how to grow a deeper relationship with God. One of the keys is gaining a better understanding of God, and this book offers an excellent starting point for that journey.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditionally Well Done July 17, 2002
Format:Paperback
After the recommendations of many people I respect, I picked up this book with the intention of finding out what everyone was talking about with J.I. Packer. This book does not dissapoint, and really transcends generations with a clear picture of evangelical theology, and for those who believe, God. Packer carefully makes his way through all aspects of the divine, and makes a strong argument for why to believe, and what God is really like. It would be interesting to give this book out as a tool to introduce someone who did not believe in God, to the whole concept.
Packer is a humble man, after hearing him speak a few years ago, I know his heart is in a great place. This book does put a strong emphasis on pre-destination, and if that is not up your alley it may rub you the wrong way. Overall this is a classic theological book for the 20th century, one that will be remembered long into the future.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Book! August 5, 2003
By D.P.
Format:Paperback
This book was a tremendous book on the attributes of God by a tremendous theologian. My favorite part is when Packer quotes the Puritans. He quotes them a lot, too. The Puritans are an often forgotten group, except for the negative things that happened. Packer shows that the Puritans were amazingly following after God and His statues.
This is the only devotional-type book that I have ever enjoyed. While it was fairly devotional in content, Packer put Theology into it. He doesn't just put milk in the content, but also adds meat to it. I love it when he talked about such things as the atonement, election, etc. These are topics that most devotional writers will not even touch, because they are "too controversial". But, Packer tackles the issues with tenacity.
I love the chapter on the Grace of God. That was my very favorite chapter. Packer talked about how most Christians today really don't believe in the grace set forth in the Word. He also quotes a bunch of hymns that the Puritans wrote. This just shows how amazing they really were. This is a great read for someone wanting to study the attributes of God.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highest recommendation April 18, 2002
By FJC
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. I have used it in no less than three different Bible studies. By now, my copy is bent and worn from use and I have grown a great deal through studying with it. I would recommend this book highly, particularly if you are looking for a book to go through as a group. Packer's book has been used to introduce thousands to the theological study of God's word. Indeed, it was the first Christian book I read as a youth that engaged my mind in a meaningful way. "Knowing God" is theological - and completely grounded in the Bible - but it is also very readable and includes suggested questions at the end of each chapter. There is something in this book for both mature and beginning Christians.
The book is divided into three parts. The first concerns (roughly) how we can know God, the second speaks of the attributes and character of God, and the final reflects on the Christian life and the way in which knowing God affects that life. Buy it and read it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Spiritual Classic May 12, 2006
Format:Paperback
Packer's Knowing God is a modern classic, focusing on both the theology and the spirituality of knowing and loving God. Packer lives up to his name in that he "packs" his book(s) with incredible truths, yet he writes with a smooth prose in easily digestible chapters. This book covers the doctrine of the Trinity, the incarnation of Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but especially focuses on the character and attributes of God and their relevance and application to our spiritual lives. This is probably the best popular treatment of "theology proper" written in the past century and deserves to be read by any Christian. This would be a great book to give a young and hungry Christian who is beginning to be discipled. Few things are more important to one's long-term spiritual health than having a high view of God. This book goes a long ways to helping us lift our gaze upwards. Buy all means, buy this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very strong Calvinist.
Published 5 days ago by Patrick Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
A classic theology book. Excellent.
Published 5 days ago by Carl Burkart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should be read in High School and College
Published 5 days ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a sweet book. Had me praying and praising
This is a sweet book. Had me praying and praising. Buy it, read it prayerfully. The various chapters on the attributes of God lead the child of God to sing 'How great is our God'. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kenneth Koome Kiambati
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good study.
Published 10 days ago by Eric Scott Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars I rate this book as one of my favorites. ...
I rate this book as one of my favorites. Packer can and does take deep theology and puts the cookies on the lower shelf. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Dale Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Packer provides amazing insights. The chapter on our adoption in to...
GOD's character and attributes are profoundly explained. Packer provides amazing insights. The chapter on our adoption in to GOD's family is awesome.
Published 22 days ago by J. Stiffler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting, no punches held. Thorough and deep ...
Hard hitting, no punches held. Thorough and deep revelation about aspects of GOD I never heard explained in such depth in 35 yrs of attending a few different churches. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Russell V. Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars It was great. It really helped me to grasp more of ...
It was great. It really helped me to grasp more of His awesome power. I also feel the more I study of Him & try to get to know Him He is so great I'll never know Him completely. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Judy & Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiring writing which helps to strengthen as well as enlighten.
Published 1 month ago by LMS:Mex
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J.I. Packer currently serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. An ordained Anglican minister, he hold a D.Phil. from Oxford University. Dr. Packer's many published works include "Rediscovering Holiness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God," and the best-selling "Knowing God."

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