Review: Knowing God by J.I. Packer

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Knowing God

Read & reviewed in February 2011.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Own.

This was a good book covering the basics of God’s character and dealings with men, based extensively and exclusively on Scripture. There is no personal anecdotes (except a few as examples of bad reasoning or theology), no specious reasoning. While the presentation is certainly logical, the knowledge presented is solely Scriptural and none merely logical.

Packer emphasizes God’s sovereignty, but otherwise shows no partisan or denominational preference. He does not try to draw too fine a line or too precise a system or too elaborate an explanation. It is a straightforward amalgamation of the statements God makes about Himself, with no second-guessing or dismissals. The last few chapters were my favorites: application drawn about assurance, guidance, and contentment that again were straight-up-the-middle affirmations of the clear statements of Scripture, with rebuttals against common misapplication and misunderstandings.

Because this book is lucid and not heady, and covers the basics all Christians should agree on, I plan on assigning it as required reading in 5th-7th grade.