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ISBN/ASIN : 083081650X
Manufacturer : InterVarsity Press|
Release data : July, 1993
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Outside the Academy
Packer expected the audience of this book to be mainly academicians, but he was pleasantly surprised by its wider acceptance. Writing to that end, Packer's text is not shallow. A few comments clearly reveal his academic intent, referring to various popular academic ideas going around when he wrote it that the layman will have no knowledge of.
He is somewhat systematic in his approach to God's character, yet it deviates when necessary and Packer willingly follows those paths. The most profound thoughts come near the end of the book, in the chapters on Propitiation and Adoption. He makes a forceful argument that adoption is a privilege all too understated throughout history and even today. It has forever changed how I think about my relationship to God as Father. Knowing God certainly lives up to its reputation. I am glad that this was not a merely academic success.
A Class Head and Heart Book
"Knowing God" by J. I. Packer will soon hit the quater-century mark in longetivity. Ever since its publication, it has been, correctly, considered a classic on theology proper (the doctrine of God the Father).
A primary reason for its instant classic (perhaps an oxymoron) status is Packer's smooth blending of head and heart. Though an undoubtedly one of the Evangelical world's most brilliant scholar/researcher, Packer's heart for God shines through in "Knowing God." His work is one-part A. W. Tozer and one-part John Calvin. Quite the powerful combination.
For a modern scholarly yet devoltional treatment of the person and works of God, one can hardly do better than "Knowing God."
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
wonderful devotional resource
I checked this book out of our public library, then decided I wanted a personal copy. The chapters are short but they are "technical," in a way, so I found reading one a day as a devotional was informative and thought-provoking and the right amount. The author bases his thoughts on the Bible and I found myself referring to Scripture passages as I read.
I highly recommend it. Some may find it too technical/analytical or "deep" (as a friend to whom I recommended it said), but I like analytical reading and greatly enjoyed it.