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Seeing God: Twelve Reliable Signs of True Spirituality

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
McDermott plumbs the work of Jonathan Edwards for insight into true spirituality. He offers 12 signs of the Spirit which can help readers chart their own spiritual growth and find their way among a confusing array of spiritual directions and spiritual directors today.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by InterVarsity Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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Mark Trigsted
This is truly one of my favorite Christian books... Seeing God is to me the a very warm and powerful read. I have read this work at least a half dozen times and always have it at hand. It is a paraphrasing of Jonathan Edwards 12 "reliable signs" of Grace from Religious Affections (RA)

What makes this unique is Dr. McDermotts use of personal and modern stories and illustrations as examples of the definitions of each sign. If you have never read RA but always wanted to, or if you already love RA a
Seeing God is a good book that makes me want to go back and reread the much better book on which it is based (Jonathan Edwards', Religious Affections). This is not to insult McDermott, just to say that Edwards wrote one of the classics of religious psychology and spiritual understanding. Edwards, in the aftermath of the uneven results of the First Great Awakening, provides twelve false signs and twelve true signs to discern between the "nature and signs of the gracious operations of God's Spirit ...more
A pretty good modernization of Jonathan Edwards' "Religious Affections," one of my all-time favorite books. It's great that that general information is available in a format more accessible to people who don't want to wade through eighteenth century English. There are some shortcomings, however:

- He has numerous references to Christian writers in the mystical tradition. A lot of these writers make claims to revelation that is binding on all Christians, but is not from scripture. He never referen
Nick Hsieh
I read the edition published in 2000 by Regent College Publishing, titled Seeing God: Jonathan Edwards and Spiritual Discernment. I believe there may have been some minor revisions? In any case, I really enjoyed this book. McDermott does a good job of capturing Edwards' main argument in A Treatise on Religious Affections and presenting that argument in terms relevant to the present-day audience, complete with present-day anecdotes and illustrations. It's really a very approachable way to introd ...more
Victor Toh
I fully concur with J.I. Packer's endorsement on the back cover. This book I humbly suggest should be read by every Christian, because it clarifies the gospel and the many potentially confusing life experiences that a Christian may have throughout life.
Danny Bennett
A thought-provoking read. The most interesting section was examining the unreliable signs.
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Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the author or editor of ten books, including God's Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions? and Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate.
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God's Rivals: Why Has God Allowed Different Religions? Insights from the Bible and the Early Church Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation and Religious Traditions World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions: What Every Christian Needs to Know

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