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Knowing God
Packer, J.I.

Knowing God

ISBN: 9781433587269
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Knowing God by J. I. Packer is a modern Christian classic.

Since its original publication in 1973, Packer's insightful and practical approach has impacted countless Christians throughout the world as they are introduced to the wonder and joy of knowing God.

In this beloved work, Packer challenges readers that while they may know about God, it is not the same thing as knowing him. Organized into 3 sections, Knowing God explains the importance of theological study of the Lord, what the Bible has to say about God and his character, and the benefits of knowing him. From cover to cover, Packer teaches that each truth learned about God should ultimately lead to prayer and praise.

  • Accessible: Written for Christians of all backgrounds and denominations, as well as new believers
  • Practical and Insightful: Addresses many common questions about faith, including Who needs theology?, What does it mean to be adopted into the family of God?, and Can God communicate his plan to us?
  • Beautiful Hardcover Edition: Perfect for a lifetime of reading and for giving as a gift
  • Written by Bestselling Author J. I. Packer: His other books include Growing in Christ; A Quest for Godliness; Rediscovering Holiness; and more

Preface (1993)
Preface (1973)
Part 1: Know the Lord
  Chapter 1: The Study of God
  Chapter 2: The People Who Know Their God
  Chapter 3: Knowing and Being Known
  Chapter 4: The Only True God
  Chapter 5: God Incarnate
  Chapter 6: He Shall Testify
Part 2: Behold Your God!
  Chapter 7: God Unchanging
  Chapter 8: The Majesty of God
  Chapter 9: God Only Wise
  Chapter 10: God's Wisdom and Ours
  Chapter 11: Thy Word Is Truth
  Chapter 12: The Love of God
  Chapter 13: The Grace of God
  Chapter 14: God the Judge
  Chapter 15: The Wrath of God
  Chapter 16: Goodness and Severity
  Chapter 17: The Jealous God Part 3: If God Be for Us . . .
  Chapter 18: The Heart of the Gospel
  Chapter 19: Sons of God
  Chapter 20: Thou Our Guide
  Chapter 21: These Inward Trials
  Chapter 22: The Adequacy of God 


J. I. Packer (1926-2020) served as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic bestseller Knowing God. Packer also served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.


"I don't often endorse a book this way, but I will for Knowing God. If there is one book that every single Christian should read alongside the Bible, it is this book. Filled with theological beauty that lives where we all live, this book will cause you to love your Lord more earnestly, to worship him more deeply, and to serve him more joyfully. This book is so rich, you shouldn't read it just once, but over and over again."
--Paul David Tripp, author, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional

"Jesus Christ taught that eternal life is knowing God (John 17:3). This book by J. I. Packer helps us to do just that. Short chapters (originally magazine articles) are arranged to draw us to study more closely various aspects of God's nature and character. What could be more edifying? Over the last fifty years, I have found countless people who have been informed, encouraged, and brought to worship by the pages of this book. I know I have been, and pray that you will be, too."
--Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

"There are very few books that communicate such glorious truth-and communicate it as succinctly and as well-as Knowing God. Through Packer's penetrating mind and gifted pen, the majesty of God and the wonder of the gospel shine through on every page. Easily one of the most influential books of the last half century."
--Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina; Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

"Knowing God is one of the best books I have ever read. And J. I. Packer is one of the best thinkers I have ever known. If a great book combines a great topic with a great writer, then Knowing God is truly great. So much in our world today is second-rate, but this book is a treasure we can enjoy deeply-and because of it, know God better!"
--Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 382
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2023