- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth (September 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848716303
- ISBN-13: 978-1848716308
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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'This is a work that will serve the church permanently in helping readers 'to know', whether much better or for the first time, 'the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge'. I commend it most highly.' --Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.
'Knowing Christ is a majestic gem that will be passed down from generation to generation as a beloved devotional. Its author takes the reader by a loving pastoral hand into depths and riches, exhorting us to know Christ better and to love him more.' --Rosaria Butterfield
About the Author
Mark Jones (PhD Leiden) is the minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA). He is also Research Associate at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) & Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at John Wycliffe Theological College, South Africa.
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It is no secret that J.I. Packer is a long-time aficionado of and expert on the Puritans, so it is especially fitting that someone like Jones (whom Packer calls “an established expert on many aspects of puritan thought”) would be the one to take up the proverbial mantel in writing this volume.
The influence of the Puritans is clearly evident throughout the book, as Jones freely cites such luminaries as Thomas Brooks, Stephen Charnock, John Flavel, Thomas Goodwin, John Owen, Richard Sibbes, and Thomas Watson. There are also numerous quotations from other giants in the Reformed tradition, such as John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, B.B. Warfield, Herman Bavinck, Abraham Kuyper, and Geerhardus Vos. Most importantly, Jones grounds everything in Scripture, and backs up much of what he says with references to the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms.
Having said all of that in the above paragraph, what if I told you that this is truly one of the finest devotional books that you will ever read? That is one of the most remarkable things about this book – Jones takes what can be a very complex subject (Christology), brings the writings of some of the greatest theological minds in the history of the church to bear on the subject, and somehow makes it all eminently readable and accessible. And he does all of that in only 232 pages! Perhaps my only complaint (if anything) is that I wish the book were about twice as long. (I also wish it were available in hardback, but I digress.)
I had a very difficult time putting this book down, and literally had to force myself to read only one chapter per day,as I was trying to treat it as devotional reading. (If not for that, I probably would have read the entire book in just a matter of days.)
There are few things more needful for Christians in our day (or any day!) than to know Christ better. And yet there are (as Jones himself points out in the Introduction) shockingly few books available on that subject. This book will go a long way toward helping to fill that void. It is far and away my favorite new book of 2015.
Get this book. Read this book. Re-read this book. (I certainly plan to do so.)
May the Lord Jesus Christ be pleased to grant this book a wide readership for many years and decades to come. And may many people come to know Christ and/or know Him better through what is found within its pages
Another element of this book that I appreciated was Mark Jones' writing style. If you're familiar with puritan writing style, then reading Mark Jones for the first time will bring familiarity to your experience. In a good way. He does well to place his style in our current culture. He has a distinguished style of writing that is fresh in reading, giving me a different and wonderful experience.
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Mark Jones did a great job on this