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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the midst of our culture of ever expanding information, it can be difficult to get a clear picture of who God really is. The portraits of God painted in recent books, movies, & magazines are often confusing at their best and downright wrong at their worst. I'm confident that this short book by Mark Driscoll will be a valuable resource that will add clarity to the fragmented picture many people have of God.

Mark is very engaging as a speaker. The same style that draws you into his sermons and lectures is alive and well in his writing. The material in this book is presented in a concise and clear manner that is accessible to the philosophically and theologically astute as well as the novice. There are two focuses in this book. First, Mark wants the reader to have a better understanding of who God is, in order that they might have a life-changing relationship of loving trust with him. Second, he wants to give a philosophical and theological explanation for who God is.

The book is broken down into five chapters and two appendices.

* Chapter 1: Knowledge about God
* Chapter 2: Perspectives about God
* Chapter 3: Nature of God
* Chapter 4: Incarnation of God
* Chapter 5: Worship of God
* Appendix 1: Websites for further study
* Appendix 2: Books for further study

Throughout the entire book, Mark backs up nearly every point he makes with a scripture reference. Readers will want to have their Bibles at hand. I would also encourage readers to take the time to read through the appendices in order to get familiar with various internet and print resources that Mark has recommended to enhance the reader's study of who God is and other apologetics-related topics.
Next time you're at the local bookstore, be sure to browse through this great little book. It is a great resource to share with non-believing or recently converted friends and family. Also, this book or any of the other three books in this series would be a great gift to share with visitors at your church.

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill church [...] in Seattle. He is also co-founder and president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network [...]. Mark has penned an ever-growing list of books including: A book you'll actually read series, Vintage Jesus, Death by Love (Sept. 30, 2008), and others. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart Grace. Mark and his wife have been blessed with 5 children.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2009
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Driscoll has the right idea. I was looking to promote a newer book that provides a short, simple, and theologically accurate explanation of the nature of God. For the most part, Driscoll meets the criteria. For the most part, that is. As a bonus, Driscoll throws in some apologetics and various worldview stuff (which turn out to contain maybe the best material in the book).

Short. It is that, though I was unable to read it in an hour (despite the advertisement in the intro). It took me a couple but, admittedly, I stop often to underline and make notes.

Simple. There are some big words that those new to apologetics will trip on but the author generally does a good job of defining the terms if the context doesn't already take care of it.

Accurate. Here's where I'm not altogether thrilled with the book. I was in disagreement with how the attributes were assigned but that's not the end of the world. What really got me were the numerous theologically and otherwise imprecise statements.

For example, there is a statement about "mere monotheism" (p. 30) as if Trinitarianism is qualified monotheism. Later, (p. 57) Driscoll asserts that Jesus' claim to be God "crushed the monotheists' claim that God is anyone other than the Trinitarian God of the Bible." But orthodox folks never make such a claim and they are always monotheistic. Yes, some monotheists deny the Trinity but Driscoll doesn't spell out who they are as he should. It's a bit like telling a foreign exchange student, "The southerners' claim that whites are superior has been refuted." It pays to be specific- that's all I'm saying.

Also, Driscoll writes (p. 59) that "no leader of any religion has ever claimed to be God." Is he counting out the cults? In fact, plenty have made such a claim.

On page 66, Driscoll equates "Christian" with "little Christs". Yikes! That's Benny Hinn talk. I know what he means but these are dangerous grounds in my opinion. In fact, a Christian is a Christ-follower; let's leave it at that. I don't want anyone to think me a "little Christ". I need the Messiah. I'm not one, not even a miniature version.

On the same page, Driscoll writes that Christians "worship Jesus alone as God." This would make any modalist smile. But the statement is not true. Christians worship Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as God.

There were several other lines that were potentially confusing for an immature believer but they may not deserve mention here.

Those who have studied will survive Driscoll's occasional sloppiness, but those folks aren't the target. If the book aims to introduce the immature believer to a theological book, however small, it should take into greater account that immature believers need to be handled with care. Theological precision is a must.

The book has zest which counts in its favor. For example, "It is also said that pain, matter, and evil are unreal illusions, which does not make any sense after you stub your toe as you leave your yoga class." I was actually hoping for more of this.

One final thing: The book is overpriced. It is 6"X6" by 3/16" thick. It seems like $5.99 would be about right.

Shawn Meyer
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
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This is an awesome book! It contains answers to questions I've always wondered about and includes responses to skeptics, free thinkers, and new age types. Well done Mark Driscoll. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2015
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If you seek a quick, succinct, clear and easy-to-read guide to better understand the central tenets about God, then look no further. Certainly, you could read a more comprehensive theology textbook, but you then would have to make it through hundreds of pages in order to extract the same basic themes. Without question, On Who is God never strays away from the Biblical text.

In the introduction, author Mark Driscoll draws the analogy that the book is a defense of the God of the Bible in the midst of a pagan society with many other deities--so, like the apostle Paul's speech before the Areopagus to the unbelieving Athenians thousands of years ago, this book is read as a philosophical, rational, intellectual, and theological weapon to be used by believers in defense of God in the contemporary world. At the same time, On Who is God provides convincing arguments for Trinitarianism for those who are curious or on the fence.

The book is divided into five chapters. The first two chapters "Knowledge about God" and "Perspectives about God" do not deal with God per se but respectively describe the arguments in favor of God's existence and the different models of theism (e.g. Atheism, Pantheism, Monotheism, and Trinitarianism). The last three chapters dig deeper into answering, "Who is God?" by describing God's characteristics ("Nature of God"), the deity of Christ ("The Incarnation of God"), and ways to glorify God ("Worship of God").

For me, what separates this book from the rest is that it starts by contemplating the question, "Does God exist?" and then proceeds down a track of philosophy, reason, logic and Biblical revelation to conclude that yes, He does exist, and then explore the limitations of other theistic ideologies in order to arrive at a single truth. The different arguments in favor of God's existence (e.g. ontological, teleological, cosmological) and discussion of other faiths may be too "intellectual" for some readers, but in order to know what the truth is, one ought to also know what's false or only partially true.

Finally, the references for further study at the end of the book in the appendices are numerous and very well chosen. On Who Is God will certainly be a great first step for faith seeking understanding, Bible study groups, and eager students. In short, very big truth in less than 100 pages. (And you probably will not get through it in an hour, as the book claims you can).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
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I picked up "On Who is God" by Mark Driscoll to use with a group of men as a basic primer to our discussion on the character and person of God. I love the humor that Driscoll brings to his work, and it definitely helps when using this material with a group of guys just cutting their teeth on theology.

I was especially excited to find a book that was focused on discussing the nature and person of God. The problem I ran into is that while Driscoll did a great job of providing an apologetic for the existence of God, his discussion on the person of God was lacking.

Driscoll made a strong case for a Trinitarian understanding of God. This is great, the problem is that while he spends a large portion of the work addressing the nature of God, and the person of Jesus, he basically omits any discussion of the person of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, I can only give the book a 3 star review. Had Driscoll taken another 10 pages or so to discuss the person and work of the Holy Spirit, I'd have given it a 4 star review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2010
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Mark Driscoll is able to take a large question with millions of books written about it and condense this information in a small book that can be read in about one hour. Driscoll pulls from several different historical, philosophical, and cultural sources in his writings that is not overwhelming to the reader. A great book for people who are searching for who God is with several references for further detailed reading on the various topics.
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on June 18, 2013
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As stated, this is a reasonably easy book to read. It is.thorough, yet is presented in a manner that is easy to read. It will serve as useful reference due to the topics covered.
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on December 20, 2012
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This is a great little book for anyone looking to understand the nature and character of God. Driscoll is easy to read and he just make reading more fun!
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on July 26, 2011
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Mark Driscoll is a pastor I respect and admire, and often question. His book is challenging and was worth a couple reads. There were some things in there that I questioned, but, all in all, solid and worthwhile. Great and a worthwhile read on my Kindle
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on April 28, 2009
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This book is ideal as a personal resource and for aiding in discussion with others. Definitely a great tool if you have the discipline and create the opportunities to use it.
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