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J. I. Packer is widely recognized as a pillar of 20th-century evangelicalism and has had a profound impact on millions of Christians living today. Even in his late eighties, Packer exerts an enormous influence on pastors and laypeople around the world through his many books, articles, and recorded lectures - works that overflow with spiritual wisdom related to the Christian life.

In Packer on the Christian Life, well-known pastor Sam Storms explores Packer's legacy and profound insights into prayer, Bible study, the sovereignty of God, the Christian's fight against sin, and more, offering readers the chance to learn from a true evangelical titan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433539527
ISBN-13: 9781433539527
Series: Theologians on the Christian Life

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Offering readers an accessible portrait of J. I. Packer’s life and theology, this book explores his insights into prayer, Bible study, indwelling sin, and true godliness. Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series.

Author Bio

Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and the author of more than two-dozen books. He was visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004, and is currently senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and the author of numerous books, including Chosen for Life, Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions, Kept for Jesus, and Packer on the Christian Life.

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. Previously, he served as research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College. He is an editor (with Justin Taylor) of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and is the author of several books, including The Reformation, For Us and for Our Salvation, The Church History ABCs, and Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds - hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

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  1. Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Introduction to Packer. Highly Recommended!
    December 23, 2015
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you hang around at the reformed circles long enough, Im pretty sure you would have either heard of J. I. Packer or even read his book Knowing God. But if we limit out knowledge of Packer only to Knowing God, then we are surely short-changing ourselves.

    This book gives readers a full-orbed view of what Packer wants christians to know about Christian living. As with every book in this series. This book is good for the head (knowledge) and for the daily living. Sam Storms gives readers a good one volume introduction to the thoughts of Packer, highlighting especially his teachings for christian living.

    Before reading this book, I have not read any of Packers book, though I certainty have heard of him many times within the evangelical and reformed circles. But having read this book, Im certain Packer will be one of the authors Ill be spending substantial time reading up on.

    Storms first introduces the subject of the book to the readers giving a brief summary of the life and contribution of Packer and reveals interesting facts on Packers life, like how he still writes every one of his books using the typewriter! After a quick introduction, Storms moves to the most crucial doctrine of the Christian life for Christians - the atonement. I agree with Storms that this is the most fundamental doctrine for any christian to understand, that we are made right with God, because of the sacrifice and death of Christ. Without it, we have not reference to God either than Him as our Creator and our Judge.

    Next Storms moves to very relevant topics for christians like the bible and holiness. I have found the chapters on holiness, sanctification and indwelling sin most helpful for me personally. They help me not only understand my own christian life but also what Packer has to say about them. I have benefited from the summary of the teachings of Packer by Storms. It has pushed me to read Packers book on holiness too.

    I especially like how Storm ends the book on how we can end well in our Christian lives. This, I thought was a well apt ending for the book and for Packers writing. Thus far, the last book written by Packer talks about how we as christian always live and serve in weakness. I like how Storms highlights Packers insights on 2 Corinthians for christians to serve and end well, and this is also another book I hope to read in the future.

    All in all, this has been a great introduction and summary of J. I. Packer, Ive benefited much from Storms summary and has gone away with a much deeper appreciation of Packer. Perhaps now the next thing Ill be waiting for would be the systematic theology book that Packer will, God willing, finish in the future.

    'Rating: 4.5 / 5

    Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
  2. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    J.I. Packer: Strategies for Living
    September 2, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5

    Knowing God by J.I. Packer was the first book of theology that I bought and read simply because I wanted to. It had not been assigned by any professor, and it was not related to anything that I was teaching at the time. I wanted to read it because it sounded like an invitation to me. Sam Storms has verified this impression in Packer on the Christian Life, for in Packers theology, knowing God is central to loving, enjoying, and obeying Him.

    Coming to faith in his mid-teens, James Innell Packer was influenced by the writings of C.S. Lewis and the Puritan pastor and theologian John Owen, and he was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones and John R.W. Stott. Following his education at Oxford and his ordination in the Church of England, Dr. Packer ministered in educational contexts, ultimately moving to Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. where he continues to teach and write to this day at eighty-eight years young. However, Sam Stormss focus is not Packers biography, but rather his theology, particularly as it relates to spirituality in the outworking of a lively faith. He presents J.I. Packers theological framework in terms of the study of godliness in its root and in its fruit, and I have chosen ten truths that serve as pillars to Packers thinking and living:

    1.The atonement is central and foundational for the Christian life in relationship to God, to others, and to personal holiness. (Galatians 1:4; 2:19-20; 5:24; 6:14). [Scripture references throughout are linked to Bible Gateway for ease of study.] The wrath of God has been abated by the substitutionary death of Christ, putting on display both Gods love and His justice, and serving as both empowerment and incentive for godly living.

    2.The revealed propositional truth of Scripture is the basis for all assertions about the Christian life. As a transcript of divine speech, it is the instrument by which God exerts His rule over our lives.

    3.Holiness is the calling of every Christian there is no Stage 2 Christianity in which a requirement for holiness suddenly kicks in as an advanced requirement. Rather, it is a sign and expression of the reality of ones faith and repentance, (Ephesians 2:10). It is an expression of Psalm 73:25 in both action and motive.

    4.Sanctification of the believer is Gods work of character change in disposition, desire, and inclination. It is about God working in us to make us will and act for His good pleasure, (Philippians 2:13).

    5.Pauls honest self-assessment in Romans 7:14-25 testifies to the reality of indwelling sin in the life of the believer. However, assurance of salvation is confirmed by a conscious and purposeful obedience to God.

    6.The Christian life is empowered by the Holy Spirit in gospel communication (Romans 1:16) and in the comprehension of divine revelation (Ephesians 1:17-19).

    7.Diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness. Chapter 8 on Packers theology of prayer is both a pinnacle of motivation for prayer and a plumb line for a right understanding of the role of prayer in the believers life. All is grounded in a high view of God and a commitment to the authority of Scripture along with an understanding of Gods heart of generosity toward His children, (Ephesians 3:20-21).

    8.The believers adoption into the family of God and the sovereignty of God are twin foundations for a right understanding of Gods guidance. Emotional paralysis need not accompany the decision-making process. Lets not reserve our queries to God for the big-ticket items, but instead, we should constantly ask God to judge, correct, and direct our thinking.

    9.As realism has pervaded every aspect of Dr. Packers theology to this point in the summary, he is unrelenting in his realism about the inevitability of suffering, to which he refers as the Christians road home. Contrary to western thought, Gods goal is to utilize the countless troubles we experience on this fallen planet as a means of furthering and realizing the glorious destiny that is [ours], (II Corinthians 3:18; 4:7-11).

    10.As the title of his beloved book implies, the goal and the focal point of all Dr. Packers theology is the knowledge of God as He is revealed in Scripture and the glory of God as it is revealed in all areas of life and thought. The earth shattering and yet simple truth is that Christianity is a matter of continual relationship in which we express to its Founder our faith in Him, our love for Him, and our hope in Him, (Romans 11:36).

    As J.I. Packer lives his way into finishing his course with joy, I am thankful for Sam Storms monumental tribute and analysis of a lifetime of writing and thinking. Because Sam has ransacked all of Dr. Packers major (and minor) works, the outcome is a series of teasers that draw me into further study. Treasures abound, far beyond what this ten-point summary can display, including rich truth on the ordinances of baptism and communion, correction for misguided notions about sanctification, and help for the journey through grief.

    Coming to this book out of a season of crushing disappointments, I do not find a disclaimer for God or a condemnation of my own lack of faith, but rather, theology at its finest where truth about God meets the reality of life; where theology is not an explanation of God, but instead, a glorious system of beams and buttresses for a lively faith strategies for living.

    This book was provided by Crossway in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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