Book Review: Knowing God

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Knowing God
by J.I. Packer

5 out of 5 stars

This book examines the attributes of God and how we can truly know God in a personal way. It begins by outlining the type of attitudes we should have in approaching God with humility and a desire to know the truth. The second part of the book focuses on the attributes of God in His unchanging Triune nature- His majesty, wisdom, love, grace, wrath, truth, judgement, goodness, and jealousy. The last part of the book applies all these things to the Christian life, and gives us a practical look at what knowing God actually looks like in living out your life.

Throughout this entire book the focus is always on the Gospel and the person of Christ. The best way to know God is through the revelation of His Son Jesus. I really loved that the focus of every chapter always comes back around to Christ!

This book is absolutely dripping with Scripture on every page. I really liked that every point and every idea was directly drawn from a particular Bible verse which is referenced. You know you are getting the truth right from God’s Word, and every spiritual idea is clearly explained with multiple references to Scripture.

More than that, this book inspired me! I felt enriched after reading each chapter, and I was able to pause and reflect on my own spiritual life and apply the lessons I was reading about. It took me a long time to read this book, because there are so many wonderful messages and I wanted to go slowly and digest everything I was reading and take the time to think about each chapter. Many times after reading a chapter, I just paused to pray and thank God for His incredible grace and love. This book made my heart rise up in worship for God’s goodness and majesty!

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