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thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Knowing GodOctober 20, 2017thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4R.C. Sproul invites the reader to dig deeper into Scripture and draw closer to God for revelation. Getting to know the God of the Bible, is what helped him let go of pain and anger from his personal life, R.C. recounts. In this candid and well-written account, Dr. Sproul hopes to get into the heart of the believer and learn for himself of the power, love, sovereignty, and patience of the God we call Abba.
Dr. Sproul takes you through the attributes of God one by one using personal stories and scholarly anecdotes to tell of his own encounters with God. He invites you to draw closer to God and discover for yourself who God is. In whatever stage you are in life or whatever you may be traversing, this book will convict you to seek God and dispel painful misconceptions you may have.
The book itself is easy to read, the words and paragraphs are easy to follow. The stories make it an enjoyable journey you can relate to. Every chapter starts with a Psalm pertaining to each chapter. The topics discussed in the book: who God is, who made God, finding God, seeing God and many more. It is 230 pages long, so it's a good length and makes for a good before bed read.
I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Could have been betterOctober 9, 2017SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2R.C. Sproul's book, Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God is meant to draw the Christian's attention to the greatness of the God we serve. How awesome, powerful and yet how loving and merciful He is toward His own. As Sproul points out, "Worship is the duty of every creature. But any kind of worship is not enough, God commands us to worship in a proper manner." And part of that worship is knowing God accurately.
Sadly, there were many things in this book that bothered me about this book. First, I had thought that it was going to focus more on the attributes of God and how those affect how we live. But, it didn't go into that as much as I thought it would. I felt like it focused too much on questions like, "Does God's immutability, His unchangeableness, mean that He doesn't move around?" Or, "Can God limit His power?" "If God did something bad would it really be bad?" I guess I just thought the book would focus more on God's attributes as presented in the Bible and how we live in light of them rather than on superfluous questions. It just seems as though it would be more edifying if it didn't delve into those types of questions, they do not build one's faith or one's hope.
And then Sproul made some surprising and very unnecessary statements. When discussing Christ's ability to not know something, like the day or the hour of His return, Sproul makes the statement, "I doubt if the human Jesus knew that the earth was round." Where did that come from? How is that biblical? Why does His not knowing the day or the hour make one think that He didn't know the shape of the earth He created?
And here's another one that took me off guard: speaking of Mary's response to Gabriel's news that she would give birth to the Messiah he says, "This response of the mother of God may be the most profound" I would be very wary of using the term "mother of God' to refer to Mary. For one thing, it can give the impression that Mary was Christ's mother from eternity, and she was not; Or it can elevate her in people's minds to the status of a 'goddess', which she was not, she was a sinful human being. And for another, it disregards the Trinity. Yes, yes, I know that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One, and "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily"(Col 2:9) but biblically we still need to differentiate between them at times. God the Father sent His Son into the world to be born of a woman (Galatians 4:4). That statement is just too dangerous to use, in my opinion, and it's not a biblical term and it's not a necessary term.
There were good things in this book, but not enough for me to want to recommend it.
Many thanks to the folks at Baker Books for sending me a free review copy of this book! (My review did not have to be favorable)
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5Classic R.C. SproulOctober 3, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoying God: Finding hope in the attributes of God by RC Sproul is one of the best books to come out this year. Sproul who is a world-renowned reformed theologian has written over 50 books and has affected the lives of countless Christians. Sproul who in recent years had been putting out revisions to previous works, highly needed revisions, has revisted a worthwhile, deeply convicting, and thought-provoking work on the attributes of God.
Sproul who also has taught a series of lectures on the subject flings to life a study on the attributes of God, something that many Christians find perplexing. One of the greatest qualities of RC Sproul is that he is able to take complex and intimidating ideas and turn them into understandable and applicable ideas. Sproul has outdone himself again in this work. In just over 230 pages he explains some of the intricacies of God's character so that a Christian can only understand who got is but place a greater trust in him so that they will be able to glorify him in ways they previously had unimagined.
I deeply recommend this book to all Christians regardless of they're walk in the faith. Whether they have been a Christian for some time or they are a relatively new Christian in any case this work is a worthwhile read aimed in a shotgun approach so that regardless of where you are in your spiritual walk you'll be able to grow in your faith.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Baker Publications in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Enjoying God: Finding hope in the attributes of God
2017 by RC Sproul
Publisher: Baker Publications
Page Count: 240 Pages
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A logical look at God's attributesOctober 2, 2017Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Enjoying God" looked at several of God's attributes, like omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, infallible, truth, justice, love, unity and diversity. Though written for the lay person, it's more an exercise in logic and philosophy than worshipful contemplation. For example, he tried to explain infinity (though he admits that finite beings have trouble with this concept). He delved into what is a being and how this shows that God is the Supreme Being. He explained how God is present in all places, yet He's not creation. He talked about how omnipotence means that God has complete power over His creation, not that He has the power to do things that go against His nature.
I appreciated the author's theology and enjoyed what he wrote. He did a decent job of explaining concepts that most people have trouble grasping. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting book.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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