28 October 2004

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Unabridged Audiobook from Audible.com. Published in book form 1973, and as an audiobook in 1990 by Christians Listening.

It's taken me a long time to get through the ten hours and 15 minutes of this audiobook. Unfortunately the quality of the recording left something to be desired, often repeating sentences at what must have been the breaking point for the narrator. (Bad editing, I'd assume.) I had borrowed the book from the Windsor library in paperback form first (one of the few Christian religious books they have there), and was having a hard time getting through it, so I tried for the audiobook. Now, I think I need to go back to the paperback edition so that I can attempt to explore some of the things he says more fully. Some of it made very good sense to me; especially his chapter refuting the idea that becoming a Christian will make life all sunshine and roses, as well as the one that discussed why icons are not such a good thing. Some of it however, just went way over my head.

Publisher's summary:
Packer contends that the ignorance of God lies at the root of much of the Church's weakness today. And, from this ignorance, two ugly trends have spawned this state of affairs: (1) "Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit; the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God," and (2) "Christian minds have been confused by the modern skepticism." This timeless work provides a scholarly yet warm exposition on the nature of God, reinforcing the fundamental facts of faith that have so frequently been called in question.

To buy from amazon.co.uk, click here: Knowing God: With Study Guide
from amazon.com, click here: Knowing God. The audio version can be purchase from audible.com through amazon.com by clicking the audio download link on the description page.

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