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Knowing God

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J. I. Packer is Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

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1973 by J. I. Packer. ____________


Author: J. I. Packer

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Included in this Deluxe Edition: A Study Guide to Knowing God

For over thirty years, J. I. Packer's classic has revealed to over a million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God.  Now, more than ever, next to Scripture, this could be the most significant book you will read this year...or next.

"Dr. Packer has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way."

-Billy Graham

"If any work of Christian literature deserves the title of 'contemporary classic,' I believe that J. I. Packer's Knowing God qualifies."

-D. James Kennedy

"A masterpiece by a master theologian."

-R. C. Sproul

"Packer's volume says it simply, says it best."

-Joni Eareckson Tada

An Oxford-trained theologian, a member of the Anglican Church...his 1973 book, Knowing God...outlined a conservative Christian theology deeper and more embracing than many Americans had encountered.

It did real justice to hard topics such as suffering and grace. 

And, says Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington think tank, "conservative Methodists and Presbyterians and Baptists could all look at it and say, 'This sums it all up for us.' " _______________________________

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A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian's existence. 

According to eminent theologian J. I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the "gigantic conspiracy of misdirection" by failing to put first things first.

Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word.  

What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for "honest, ______________________________

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no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage" in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating "small studies out of great subjects." 

Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God's wrath, and God's sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter's theology seems to rival the next, until one's mind is so expanded that one's entire view of God has changed. 

Author Elizabeth Eliot wrote that amid the lofty content Packer "puts the hay where the sheep can reach it--plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God." 

Having rescued us from the individual hunches of our ultra-tolerant theological age, Packer points the reader to the true character of God with his theological competence and compassionate heart. 

The lazy and faint-hearted should be warned about this timeless work--God is magnified, the sinner is humbled, and the saint encouraged. _______________________________

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