Knowing God, J I Packer, InterVarsity Press, 1973. Christianity is different. From the outside, it looks like any other religion, with its list of do’s and don’ts, its sacred festivals, its insider language, its rituals, its ancient roots. It is these things, and more, that often put outsiders off. They look at the Christian faith as a mystic set of rituals that have no relevance in our post-modern times.
And that is where they are wrong. For the Christian faith is in fact unique. It is not a dead creed, but a living relationship with the living God. It is only as we come to know this God that we become what the apostle Paul called “children of the light.”
Packer’s book is an examination of God’s nature, character and his expectations of his creation, based on an exhaustive study of the Old and New Testaments. This highly readable and remarkably insightful book is a must-read for every man and woman of faith.