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During the past 20 years, J. I. Packer's classic has revealed to over one million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. This anniversary edition is completely retypeset, with Americanized language and spelling, and a new preface by the author.
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Being a Christian my whole life and attending Bible studies and summer camps, I have been just knowing about God rather than knowing God. But Packer successfully helped me to know God by revealing how glorious and majestic He is and how He sent His son to die for me in order for me to be adopted into His family. I think my favorite part of this book was his first section (I know the Lord; chapter 1-6), The Majesty of God (chapter 8), God only Wise (Chapter 9), God's Wisdom and Ours (Chapter 10), God the Judge (Chapter 14), The Wrath of God (Chapter 15), Goodness and Severity (Chapter 16), and the last section (If God be for us; chapter 18-22).
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian as Packer unfolds the characters of God but, not only that, he helps you wanting to know God more than when you picked up his book.
In all, I think it's a worthwhile read for a new or older believer. It's something that's dense, but lays out the clarity of who God is, and I think that's something that anybody needs to have a better grasp on if you're to have a relationship with Him.
really liked. This book, "Knowing God" turned out to be very meaningful to me.
Packer speaks directly to the reader asking and answering questions in a very
communicative style. This is a book I will re-read over and over, and I purchased
extras for friends.
After I finished reading it I had an "Aha moment". I recalled writing a letter to my
much older brother whose health was failing fast. We had never been close as
he had estranged himself from the entire family for his entire life. I wrote that I
was sorry that we had not had a relationship, and that I was sorry that I had not
known him better.
And THAT is the message at the center of this book.... that knowing God has to
consist of more than knowledge of His Word, scrliptual verses from the Bible and
following the Ten Commandments. To know God, I learned, is to have a real,
vibrant and personal emotional relationship with Him; one that requires love,
trust, obedience, discipline, forgiveness, guidance, respect, honor and glory!
A real relationship.
I also really like how Packer descri bes and explains what it means to "be a
child of God", what it means to be adopted into God's family, to call Him
Father and Jesus Christ brother.
Whether you are a long-time follower or a new born-again Christian I think
this will be a valuable book that will expand your understanding and
appreciation of how precious your relationship with God is.