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The God Who Is There

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It can no longer be assumed that most people--or even most Christians--have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don't know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. It is getting harder to talk about Jesus accurately and compellingly because listeners have no proper context with which to un ...more
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One of the finest books I've ever read on the overarching redemption story of the Bible. D.A. Carson has a way of making lofty subjects in Scripture very engaging. His passion runs deep for the Scriptures and for the Savior that all of the Scriptures proclaim. If there are any of you who are new believers and want to see what the theme of the Bible is from front to back, then this book must be in your library.
Noel Burke
I really enjoyed this audiobook. DA Carson creates a great summary overview of the message of the Bible. This would be a great book for someone to read or listen to if they are new in the faith or lacking in understanding of the overall message of the Bible at any phase of their faith in Christ. Carson starts at the beginning in Genesis with creation and ends with the new heaven and earth and Kingdom of God discussed in Revelation and other parts of Scripture. Ever wonder how the Old Testament c ...more
Marguerite Harrell
Wonderful and educational book to read. A great way to learn how to witness to others. Also this is a good book to have in group reading with your Bible Study or church family or care group.
audio/video to go with the book from author's 14-part seminar:
Keith Brooks
Excellent . A must read for all who want to know what Christianity is all about . At least make sure you know what you're rejecting before you reject it .
Another wonderful book by Carson. This one is very readable for most teens or adults. Carson surveys the storyline of the Bible in an engaging and fresh way. I just preached a sermon attempting to do the same thing and probably should have read this first = ) Don't think of it as written to challenge you in your Christian walk, but give you a big picture of the Bible - a map on which to record your daily excursions into the Garden. Also it would be helpful for those who are unbelievers and are i ...more
While Carson is far more technical in other writings, this is a book you could easily recommend to someone who has a limited biblical knowledge. He is careful and methodical about introducing the reader to biblical language in a way that is true to the text but does not assume familiarity. There are probably better books that tie the different parts of Scripture together, but a benefit of Carson's approach is that he teaches the reader to work through a passage and see how it connects to other p ...more
Bendick Ong
Carson’s the God who is there is used as a reference text in one of our fellowship groups in church, and up til now we have completed the first four chapters of it. Written for people who are seeking to have an in-depth understanding of the Bible, it provides its reader with a good combination of introductory exposition, Bible sources and connection with contemporary christian issues.

We have sticked pretty much to the thought-flow of the book, and these are the things we have gone through so far
I’ve been looking for a little while for a book that tells the big story of the Bible in an accessible way. D. A. Carson has done a fine job of gospel-based, simple, biblical theology in The God Who is There.

In this work, Carson takes his readers through the entire narrative of the Scriptures in order to help us to see how we fit into God’s great story. Carson begins with Genesis, walks through Revelation, and spends a great deal of time in the theology of the gospels. In all this, he shows u
Michael Brown
Have you ever been asked, “What is the Bible all about?” or wondered that yourself? There is a new book out by D.A. Carson called The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story. The basic premise is Carson takes us through the Bible story line from Genesis with Creation, Adam and Eve, and even where did God come from? To the End of Time as we know it and the New Earth and the Returning of Christ.

In 14 Chapters D.A. Carson leads us through and helps us unpack the Story of the Bible and h
Jacob Coldwell
The God Who is There

“The Bible begins simply but dramatically: “In the beginning God.” He is not the object whom we evaluate. He is the Creator who has made us, which changes all the dynamics (p. 18).”

This book is a real find. There are many books written on biblical theology that come from the angle of schooling and are more text-book styled. This is not. This book attacks biblical theology in a more conversational style and really breaks down to a few simple points in each chapter. This is wh
This book is intended for the layperson who doesn't know much about the Bible and wants to familiarize him/herself with it. Over 14 chapters, Carson unfolds the overarching story line of the Bible, explaining as he does so how different many people's perceptions of the Bible and of God do not mesh with what the Bible says. Overall, I found the chapters on the OT to be a rehash of things I had learned in other theological books. Chapters 7-14, however, are wonderful for anyone to read, even someo ...more
Hank Pharis
Outstanding walk through the Bible summarizing it's storyline and the character of God. Also available as a DVD series.
Highly recommended!
No book I've read has done a better job than this one at explaining - in layperson language - what the Bible is all about. A+.
Chad Grindstaff
Excellent book on biblical theology - tracing the story of the Bible from beginning to end.
The story of redemption, the backbone of the Bible and basic apologetics intertwined in one book. I guess I will be giving out a lot of copies of it.
Clear, simple, links OT & NT, also engages on objections.
Andrew Mcneill
Classic Carson. As usual he is thoughtful and penetrating.
Apr 02, 2015 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those still exploring faith, christians interested in deepening biblical understandings
Excellent resource for those who want to explore what Christianity is all about, and for seasoned Christians who feel the need to have some beyond-the-surface understanding of the Bible. It tells THE story of the whole Bible masterfully from the beginning up to the very end, that it is not merely a book comprising of many stories, but it is one with many episodes and just one central story: pointing to Jesus' death on the cross and moving toward the ultimate consummation of all things in the new ...more
Excellent introduction to what the Bible and Christianity are all about. Carson has wanted to write this book for years (e.g. see the last chapter of his Letters Along the Way), and now he finally has. His audience is an intelligent young student who has little or no familiarity with the Bible or Christianity whatsoever but who is interested in learning more. It's essentially biblical theology in practice. The book is based off of a series of sermons of the same name which you can find by a quic ...more
The author here provides an excellent, fast-paced survey through the entire Bible. This title is one of Carson's classics. It would be ideal for a new, adult believer, or for a Sunday School or small group class to give an overview of the Scriptures. I highly recommend it -- its a quick, easy, enjoyable read.
Mark A Powell
With 66 books, the Bible can be daunting, and connecting what you read in its pages can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned reader. To help unpack the Bible’s main ideas, Carson has constructed a commanding introduction to the major themes and concepts revealed in Scripture. Although this approach is couched in introductory terms, there is a richness of content that will encourage anyone who opens it. This is a book you ought to read.
Clayton Tune
I love Carsons work. I came into this work thinking it would be something for the beginner to pick up and learn about the story of the bible and how we fit in. Sadly, this may be over many peoples heads in it's wordy chapters and depth. All in all, if your familiar with Carson and you have a strong desire to discover more from how the bible works as a whole and how we as christians today fit in, this book is very useful.
This book provides a nice, birdseye overview of the Bible. Carson doesn't assume the reader is a Christian or has a whole lot of knowledge about the Bible. That said, the book's main purpose is not apologetic, but rather informational. For an apologetic perspective, Tim Keller's "Reason for God" is a great choice.
This is a wonderful book for those who have friends who are readers and would like an introduction to the Bible's story. Carson is a scholar who is able to write a helpful and simple book without it giving you the impression it was written by a simpleton.
D.A. Carson covers the Bible in a series of chapters, dipping in here and there so that a person gets a picture of the whole Bible. He has a number of clear explanations and some nice ways of putting things. It's a keeper.
Aug 01, 2012 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Kelly Pontius
Shelves: owned
This was a wonderful book, outlining the story of Christ from Genesis to Revelation. Some friends and I read through it in a bible study... and I have since recommended it to some new believers, who also found it insightful.
Dan Sudfeld
I never tire of the recent slew of books that write about the storyline of the Bible, and how it all fits together. D.A. Carson brings eminent scholarly expertise to this trend in a very accessible and readable fashion.
G Walker
Good not great... unevenly written... good insights with some very mediocre/predictably simple ones... Was caught off guard by Keller's endorsement... Expected more with his glowing review... I must be missing something.
Based on a series of messages that Carson has been giving to secular audiences to introduce them to the basic ideas of Christianity. Good foundation with some really thoughtful ideas. Highly recommended.
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D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Cana ...more
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