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Stories for His Glory

J.I. Packer: His Life and Thought by Alister McGrath January 27, 2021

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:26 pm
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J. I. Packer was one of the most influential evangelical theological and spiritual writers of the twentieth century, best known for his classic work Knowing God. In the 1990s Christianity Today readers named him one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century, second only to C. S. Lewis. But who was Jim Packer, and what is the story of the man behind the writings? Alister McGrath, a bestselling author and friend of Packer, tells the story of Packer’s faith and how it sustained him during his time in England and Canada. Along the way he explores Packer’s many contributions to theology and spirituality, alternating narrative with reflection. By engagingly setting out Packer’s ideas and the central themes of his work, McGrath helps to explain why Packer and his writing continue to be so helpful to millions on the journey of encountering God. This beautiful recollection of a giant of the Christian faith is both a celebration of his life and the perfect introduction to his thought and writings for a new generation of readers.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting book. I enjoyed learning about J.I.’s journey to becoming a Christian and how his theology developed.

I will say this wasn’t what I was expecting though. It really was more of a biography then anything else. I guess I should have read the backcover copy better.

It was still interesting just not what I was expecting. You want to learn more about this strong believer you will enjoy this read.

Visit Alister here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.


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