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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433533278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433533273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Like many people, I first discovered what it meant 'to take God seriously' through reading J. I. Packer's books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of 'engagement,' Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.''
--Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia --Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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“Like many people, I first discovered what it meant ‘to take God seriously’ through reading J. I. Packer’s books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of ‘engagement,’ Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.”
Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life


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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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I would recommend this book to Christians who want to dig deeper in one or several areas of faith listed above.
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J. I. Packer In this new text, there are key vitals to which Dr. Packer gives strong attention.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi on March 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you've ever read any of Packer's books, you know that he is a serious-minded intellectual theologian. And this book is no different. No-frills, straight-forward, says-it-like-it-is type of tone. Although this particular book is written with a slight Anglican slant, Packer remains very objective in his deliverance of the facts so that they can apply to all evangelical faiths.

Packer wrote this book out of concern for the trends in his own church - namely, that many Christians are immature in the faith due to theological and spiritual undernourishment and therefore have become sluggish, viewing the facts of faith as unimportant. However, I think we all would agree that this trend can be seen in all evangelical circles. Thus, this book was written to help all evangelicals mature in their faith.

Packer takes Christians through the definitions and implications of taking Faith seriously, taking Doctrine seriously, taking Christian Unity seriously, taking the Church seriously, taking the Holy Spirit seriously, taking Baptism seriously, and taking the Lord's Supper seriously.

Although my church practices some doctrines differently than Packer's church, I did glean a lot by reading through the different chapters. It was good to be reminded of the definitions that have become so common-place in my life and to be renewed in my mind about each one of them as being extremely valuable and important in my Christian walk. The chapter on the Holy Spirit was particularly moving.

I would recommend this book to Christians who want to dig deeper in one or several areas of faith listed above. Maybe hearing about unity has become so common-place that you've lost the sense of what it really means for you and your church body.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Taking God Seriously by J. I. Packer was not at all what I expected it to be.

I have read a couple of other Packer books. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read from him in the past, so when this new book became available through Christian Audio, I was happy to listen to it in order to write a review.

Having read these other books by Packer, I was expecting this book to deal with big thoughts of how we need to take God seriously. I was ready to soak in some over-arching themes on the importance of really listening to God and doing what He says.

My first surprise came when he started talking extensively about issues in the Anglican church. Not only did I not know that Packer was Anglican, I had also never seen him refer to any current denominational issues. This book contains numerous references to current issues that are plaguing the Anglican church and many other churches in the world today. Much of this book felt like an address to others in the Anglican church to ... well ... take God seriously.

The next surprise that this book delivered was related to the content. Sure, he addressed some issues that I expected, like repentance, but he also addressed some issues that I didn't expect, like church, baptism and communion. Even though I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said, I also didn't find myself disagreeing with anything he said either. I found the information landing on very common ground and very Biblical, at the same time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott on May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
A friend of mine asked, "Dude, are you really going to critique J.I. Packer?" He has a point. J.I. Packer is a giant of our time when it comes to Christian theology. His masterpiece Knowing God was one of the first books I read as a new believer in 1994 and shaped my faith immensely in those early years and impacts me today. There is no way that I am qualified to offer criticism to Packer's latest work Taking God Seriously but thankfully, unless him being Anglican bothers you, there isn't much I could say negatively about the book anyway. It is a must read for any Christian who is concerned at all with the current state of things in the worldwide church. Taking God Seriously is TIMELY, it is THEOLOGICAL, and it is THOROUGH.

First, it is timely. J.I. Packer has a lifetime of experience studying the Bible and theology as well as a vast knowledge of the trajectory of the church. His book hits the nail on the head and deals with the most current issues boiling over in most denominations in the 21st century. Taking God Seriously is a voice that the church needs right now. It's an important call and an urgent plea for the church to swim upstream instead of coasting downstream in the current of postmodern thought.

Second, it is theological. All you have to do is take one look at the chapter headings and it is clear what Dr. Packer has in mind when he says that we need to take God seriously.
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