WORLD Magazine, on its short lists of the Best Books of 2016, cited IVP best-selling classic Knowing God by J. I. Packer as one of the "better reading options than last year's Christian bestsellers."
In response to the list of the top fifty best-selling Christian books of 2016 released by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in January, Jamie Dean, national editor for WORLD, asked pastors, authors, and leaders for books they'd like to see on a list of books most read by Christians. In a March 18 article Dean wrote, "Instead of demanding health and wealth, pastors Terry Johnson and John Piper both picked J. I. Packer's Knowing God, with Packer's reminder the Bible doesn't teach God will 'shield his loved ones from trouble when he knows that they need trouble to further their sanctification.'"
Knowing God, first published by IVP in 1973, has sold more than one million copies in the United States alone, and in 2006 Christianity Today voted it one of the top fifty books that have shaped evangelicals. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America, and in 2014 was also named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores.
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 important facets of the Christian faith- knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God.
Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.