Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Knowing God

For over 40 years, J. I. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals. This edition is updated with Americanized language and spelling and a new preface by the author. Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two im...

Details Knowing God

TitleKnowing God
Release DateJul 24th, 1993
PublisherInterVarsity Press
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Christianity, Nonfiction, Christian Living, Faith

Reviews Knowing God

  • Ellen
    Absolutely the most significant book I've read in the past year, and, next to the Bible, probably had the biggest impact on me of any book I've ever read. I don't even know what to say about it. I could detail/analyze the contents, but others have done that already, and better than I could; I think I'll just say that the Lord used Knowing God (in conjunction with a few other books) to re-calibrate my focus, adjust my priorities, and teach me some...
  • Linda
    If, like me, you were raised going to a Christian church, reading the Bible, and participating in Bible studies, you might think you know all there is to know about God. But the goal of the Christian shouldn't be merely to know about God. We must realize, first, how little we know God and secondly, why it's important to do so. In "Knowing God," Packer stresses the importance of really understanding who God is and attempts to excite and motivate t...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    "As clowns yearn to play Hamlet, so I have wanted to write a treatise on God. This book, however, is not it."J.I. Packer begins this book by pointing out that there are two types of probable readers for his book. There are those who are on a journey or in the arena - rather, whatever metaphor you wish to use for actually exploring the notion of Knowing God - and then there are the balcony watchers. The 'balconeers' and travelers may think about t...
  • Ezra
    Packer's dispensation of wisdom is matched only by the dispensation of tote bags at university open-days. His delivery of insight only matched by Amazon prime. The grounded-ness of his doctrine matched only by the groundy-ness of terribly made coffee.Each chapter discusses something different about God as Packer unPACKs (see what I did there) potent biblical doctrines; doctrines of a very much varied and occasionally overlooked nature. I really e...
  • Barry Wallace
    I initially bought and read Knowing God almost 35 years ago. I was a new Christian, young and ignorant; but as is true of many young people, I had no idea just how ignorant I really was.I don't think I can adequately express how thankful I am for Packer's book. It was a Godsend to me. It taught me not simply how to approach theology, but how to approach God himself. It shaped my heart and my mind in ways that I'm certain saved me from making even...
  • Andrew Pendleton
    Though it was originally said of Jonathan Edwards, I feel that this can also be said of Packer in this book: his doctrine was all application, and his application was all doctrine. Therefore “Knowing God” is full of heart-searching application of amazing gospel truths and attributes of God. I especially appreciated and benefitted from his chapters on adoption and God’s guidance in the life of a believer.
  • Jacky
    One of the best books on describing God and how much we need to KNOW Him as a crucial aspect of our worship of Him. There is today far too much heretical teaching even within churches, disabling us from worshiping an objective truth, leading us to worship a variety of different Jesuses instead.It is crucial for any Christian to read books like this, and familiarise themselves not just with the Bible but with a variety of systematic commentaries a...
  • Abigail Hartman
    An excellent work that I really should have read much sooner. Packer, in the pointed style of many solidly theological British authors before him, carries the reader through the nature of the Triune God; the attributes or perfections of God; and the work of God through justification, sanctification and glorification. I particularly appreciated his emphasis (certainly not excessive or unbalanced) on the work of the Holy Spirit, frequently overlook...
  • Rob
    Knowing God is a modern Christian classic about the basics of Christian theology, yet it is written at a level that the public can understand. It is pastoral in tone, exhorting the believer to know God truly as He is, not as humans often misconceive. The book is especially good for someone who has never studied theology, but even the person who has will gain something.Perhaps the most edifying portion of the book comes at the beginning, when Pack...
  • Dkovlak
    This book should be a textbook. The author is truly a genius. One of the great benefits of reading this book is that the author goes into deep analysis in many areas.
  • Brian
    After Piper's Desiring God, I somewhat dreaded this book, but I was happily surprised and challenged. This is a wonderful book which could easily be read as full of cliches, but if you actually stop to take the cliches seriously, it gets deep and very uncliched very fast. Here's a sampler:"“Nor is it the spirit of those Christians-alas, they are many-whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making...
  • David Sarkies
    Helping the modern world understand God30 June 2013 This is sort of one of those books that if you have been a Christian for a while you have probably stumbled across or even read. Well, I'm actually not quite so sure about that now because the book was published over 35 years ago and as is typical for our modern Western culture, the older it is the less relevant it becomes. Personally, I really don't think that this book is necessarily all that ...
  • Trisha
    I have read Knowing God before and found it no less amazing this time through. I love this book, and how wonderful to come to it as an older Christian and understand so much more of what Packer discusses, especially regarding inward trials and God's love for us in the midst of afflictions. This is solid stuff, and Packer writes with so much heart. A classic. Essential Christian reading. A must-read. Call it what you will; it should be part of eve...
  • Nathan Schneider
    There's a reason this book consistently shows up on "Books Every Christian Should Read" lists. I will be reading this one again.
  • Hannah Ross
    “Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, a quietus for every grief, and in the influence of the Holy Spirit, a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so c...
  • Heather
    I believe that this book is an essential read for followers of Christ. I have learned so much. This is a book that you read slowly, one chapter per reading session. It is filled with scripture and hymns all along the way which I just loved. I have written and underlined sections all over the book. I believe that this will become a dear book friend as the years go by. I will come back every few years and reread. You will glean new information each...
  • Josh L
    I cannot recommend J.I. Packer’s Knowing God too highly, primarily because I have never read a book that has more practically changed my own life. No work – obviously excepting the divinely inspired Word of God – has taught me more truth, opened my eyes more often, or spurred me to love God more strongly. As the dustcover says, “J.I. Packer’s classic has revealed to over a million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and th...
  • Catherine Gillespie
    Knowing God by J.I. Packer is one of THE best books on being a Christian that I have ever read. Although Packer’s writing style is accessible and engaging, the topics he deals with are deep and require lots of thought so this is not a book to be read quickly. I took months to read through it in little bits and got so much out of it that I scarcely know where to begin.The book turns on the central thesis that in order to pursue the Christian lif...
  • Patrick
    When I started reading this book I expected to exercise my mind. This book ended up doing so much more than that. No other book has ever challenged me the way this book did. It exercised my mind but also my heart. By studying the attributes of God it becomes impossible to not be totally and completely amazed by Him. J.I. Packer is a very intelligent man who also has such a heart for God. He continually reminds the reader to not just know ABOUT Go...
  • Catherine Martin
    If you want to read a deep book, this is it. J.I. Packer helped me understand that the greatest thing in life is knowing God. Knowing God became my pursuit in life after reading this book many years ago. I have many favorite chapters and quotes and I read sections of this book again and again. In fact, when I go on retreats with the Lord, I always take this book with me. I especially like the edition with the study guide. There is a great definit...
  • Kevin
    No surprise whatsoever that this is considered one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicalism. Packer writes powerfully, movingly and lucidly. The subject matter of this book is the most important topic ever to be considered: God. I believe, in my case, that Packer has succeeded in what he intended: to give a deeper, fuller, and more biblical understanding of God that doesn't just expand one's knowledge, but drives one to worship and pra...
  • D.J. Edmonston
    I Love this book. Packer is deep, his insight and theology is equally deep but also inspires. His work instills and reinforces in me as a reader the awesome Power and majesty of God but also the love and compassion of our God and Father. I try and read and reread this book every year, it's that good!
  • Patrick McWilliams
    Great book. Motivates you to further study and causes you to see yourself as the finite recipient of infinite grace from an infinite God. Packer stumbles a bit in some places with regard to epistemology and impassibility, but these bits are overshadowed by the large amounts of wonderful material which affirms the biblical view of these and many other subjects. Recommended!
  • Chad Warner
    A solidly biblical resource for understanding God. It explores several of God's attributes, and tells how we are to live as a result. I didn't learn much (I was raised a Christian), but it was good to be reminded of these truths.Topics include God's self-existence, infinity, eternity, unchangeableness, almightiness, omniscience, omnipresence, holiness, love, mercy, truthfulness, faithfulness, goodness, patience, justice, wrath, satisfaction, and ...
  • Thomas Kidd
    Critics of this book to the contrary, Packer did not write in a dry, rationalistic manner, but instead produced a warm and encouraging work on knowing and experiencing God. He does not divide the heart from the mind, but encourages the whole man!
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Excellent book on theology. It leads into a specifically Presbyterian view of God. While I'm not of the same denomination I do find Rd. Packer's insight helpful and interesting.
  • Kimberly Gordon
    This was not an easy read, but if you can work through it, it is a solid foundational book for the Christian faith. So often we just believe something because that’s how we grew up, that’s what our parents believed, that’s what our pastor said, that’s what our friends held to... and later in life if you continue to grow in your faith there are areas that God rocks you in- just shatters what you thought you believed and shows you a clearer...
  • Bambi Moore
    I don't know what could be said of this book that others haven't already said so eloquently. Knowing God is a masterpiece of theology, written with amazing spiritual depth yet still readable. That said, as a personal testimony, I remember first reading it in my 20's and not making it to the end. (This as a testimony of my own fickleness and spiritual immaturity, not difficulty of the book. It required more concentration than I was capable (or wil...
  • Kelsey Gould
    This book seems to be somewhere on every evangelical's to-read list. I suggest moving it up. To the top. A friend of mine said it best: "It took my mind and made it right." It was challenging and took longer than I thought it would, but it was so worth it. Each chapter, sentence, word is a delicious nugget of truth for a mind that desires to know God. My foundation was fortified and my affections were stirred. I really do feel like I can know God...
  • Susan
    I had never read this Christian classic. It was assigned to me in my Christian Theology I class as I sort of devotional companion to the "heavy lifting" text book that was assigned to me. I adored it! It engaged my mind and heart and I liked the way it systematically goes through the various attributes of God. I highly recommend this to anyone desiring to know more about God and also desiring to deepen his or her knowledge of God. I found it to b...