Review Taking God Seriously by J.I. Packer

Book description

Explaining the essentials of the faith, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer outlines the core commitments that are common to those of us who profess belief in Jesus. Here is a call to discipleship in mere Christianity—the business of taking God seriously.


If you were raised in a denominational church (methodist, baptist, etc.) it is most likely that you are be familiarized with the terms used in this book. J.I. Packer is part of the Anglican Church, and in fact this book is a compendium of single works published in the past under the Anglican Agenda Series, but as Packers states in the preafce:

The questions after each chapter have an Anglican slant, but I do not think that Christians anywhere who take their Christian commitment seriously will find these questions unfruitful for meditation and discussion in their own neck of the woods.

Taking God Seriously is a journey through some basic topics in christian tradition and life. Packer develops each one of the topics very carefully (numbered below) giving concepts and theological insights through all the chapters.

  1. Faith
  2. Doctrine
  3. Christian Unity
  4. Repentance
  5. Church
  6. Holy Spirit
  7. Baptism
  8. Lord’s Supper

As christians we may recognize some of the topics on the list because of our church life, but in the other hand we may not know anything about them. Taking God Seriously is an excellent tool for those who want to know more about their christian roots at the same time they grow into their personal relationship with God.

There are two negatives for me about this book. The first one is the constant mention about the gay marriage topic almost in every chapter. Packer wants to make sure we really, really know hes not agree with it. With this I’m not saying I’m agree with that subject in particular, but it takes the attention from what really matters. The second is, Packer’s focus on the Book of Common Prayer above The Bible. I understand he’s teaching mostly to Anglicans, but it feels that there are more mentions about what the Book of Common Prayer says than what the Bible says.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book for free from Crossway for an honest review.

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