A favorite. Loved how he goes through the story of Jonah. I appreciated very much the art images through the book.
"When we run away from God, his respA favorite. Loved how he goes through the story of Jonah. I appreciated very much the art images through the book.
"When we run away from God, his response is more likely to be stormy and upsetting than quiet and subtle."
"Jesus is really God's 'great wind,' his 'mighty tempest' in response to human running and rebellion. Jesus is the storm. Jesus is God's gracious intervention for those who are enslaved to themselves. He comes loudly not subtly, with an aggressive affection to pursue fugitives like you and me."...more
A Theology book that touches deep within your heart, brings you to your knees and makes you cry is worth reading/ listening at least once a year, everA Theology book that touches deep within your heart, brings you to your knees and makes you cry is worth reading/ listening at least once a year, every year.
I had read this book before but this time (August 2012), I am listening to this audio version which I am loving. The narrator, Simon Vance, does an amazing job, not to mention that he is British which is perfect because Packer is British as well. Each chapter is about 25 mins. average so it makes it easy to listen to one chapter a day. I would not read/listen more than one chapter a day, because this is the kind of book that deserves to be digested slowly.
If you have not read/listen to this book, I would strongly recommend that you make it the next book you read or listen (yes, read it before the other 50 in your TBR list):)
This time (March 2014) my youngest (10yo) and I are listening to The Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-Cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic [This time (March 2014) my youngest (10yo) and I are listening to The Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-Cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic [With DVD] by Focus on the Family.
Packer does a great job in explaining how the Puritans view life, and how they lived it. This is a must read for those who love to quote the Puritans,Packer does a great job in explaining how the Puritans view life, and how they lived it. This is a must read for those who love to quote the Puritans, but know nothing about them.
"Scripture teaches us our duty. Its instruction is for practice. It must be studied, therefore, for the purpose of setting our lives in order. And God will only prosper our study if we continually exercise ourselves to live by what we learn. Then our knowledge will deepen and expand; but otherwise it will run out into sterile verbiage and mental error."
"The realism of their affirmations of matrimonial affection stemmed from the fact that they went to the Bible for their understanding of the relationship -to Genesis for its institution, to Ephesians for its full meaning, to Leviticus for its hygiene, to Proverbs for its management, to several New Testament books for its ethic, and to Esther, Ruth, and the Song of Solomon for illustrations and exhibitions of the ideal." ...more
Excellent book. I read it on Kindle but enjoyed it so much that I want to re-read it in paper!
NOTE: I read it on the paper for the second time in AprExcellent book. I read it on Kindle but enjoyed it so much that I want to re-read it in paper!
NOTE: I read it on the paper for the second time in April 2013, and I still give it five stars.
I appreciate that Chester in the second chapter of his book (p.52) deals with the issue of excommunication.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
"Food matters. Meal matters. meals are full of significance. 'Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal...'"
"Our life at the table, no matter how mundane, is sacramental - a means through which we encounter the mystery of God."
"The first two are statements of purpose. Why did Jesus come? He came to serve, to give his life as a ransom, to seek and save the lost. The third is a statement of method. How did Jesus come? He came eating and drinking."
"Hospitality has become performance art, and we've lost the creation of intimacy around a meal."
"Hospitality involves welcoming, creating space, paying attention, and providing. Meals slow things down. But meals force you to be a people oriented instead of task oriented. Sharing a meal is not the only way to build relationships, but it is number one on the list."
"How could you extend the generous welcome of the gospel if you didn't welcome people into your home?"
"That is what the church is to be: a community of broken people finding a family around a meal under the tree of Calvary."
"The feeding of the five thousand people was not the full deal. But it was a glimpse of it. Jesus is the host of God's great party, just as he was the host of the dinner in this wilderness. When Jesus saw the crowd 'he welcomed them'(Luke 9:11). Jesus is God's Messiah, because he welcomes us to the messianic banquet."
"Jesus is the host of God's banquet, and he provides for us by dying for us."
"The world is more delicious than it needs to be. We have a superabundance of divine goodness and generosity."
"We not only express our dependence on God by feasting, but also by fasting. Just as food points to the goodness of God, so the hunger of fasting reminds us of our need for God."
"If you want to see a religious person's vision of life, then show up at one of their meals."
"Jesus didn't run projects, establish ministries, create programs, or put on events. He ate meals. If you routinely share meals and you have a passion for Jesus, then you'll be doing mission."
"Meals bring mission into the ordinary. But that's where most people are -living in the ordinary. That's where we need to reach them."
"If you want to understand a person's worldview, don't read a book. Talk to them, hang out with them, eat with them."
"Sin distorts all of our relationships, including our relationships with food."
Agh! I wrote a lengthy review and it was gone when I hit "save"! I will try to re-write it later.
I found this review at Reformation 21 with which I moAgh! I wrote a lengthy review and it was gone when I hit "save"! I will try to re-write it later.
I found this review at Reformation 21 with which I mostly agree. It mentions some of the strong and important arguments Tchividjian explains in this book, as well as some of the concerns with which I was left. And since I have decided not to re-write my review, I encourage you, if you are interested, to read this one:
"Grace upon grace comes rushing in, filling in the dry valleys of your life, wetting your parched skin, reviExcellent book.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Grace upon grace comes rushing in, filling in the dry valleys of your life, wetting your parched skin, reviving your dry tongue. In the words of the hymn, you “scarce can take it in.” That sort of expression makes new and greater sense when you’ve experienced gospel wakefulness."
"Really, there are only two steps to gospel wakefulness: be utterly broken and be utterly awed. But neither of these things are things you can really do. They are things only God can do for you."
"dwell in the gospel daily. Brokenness will find you, and you will want to be ready."
"As the cross of salvation is the intersection of wrath and love, of death and life, so gospel wakefulness comes at the intersection of personal brokenness and the gospel. For many Christians a perfect storm of personal emptiness and the fullness of Christ is brewing. Jesus commands us to take up our cross. And for many of us, we will not know the weight of heavy wood on a wounded back until this perfect storm of personal emptiness subsumes us. The way to the joy of gospel wakefulness is personal brokenness—it always has been."
"We will always prefer lesser satisfactions to the satisfaction of Christ, because the lesser ones appeal to the god of self—a ravenous, insatiable, fickle idol indeed—while satisfaction in Christ requires that we assassinate that god."
"God has made us frail, breakable, so that he will get the glory, so that the fame of our fortunes will belong to him. But look at the promises Paul makes on God’s behalf! In all this breaking, we are nevertheless promised to be kept secure. Afflicted, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not despairing. Persecuted, but not forsaken. Struck, but not destroyed. Even if we die, we will live. What gospel this is! The Christian cannot be stopped, even if you kill him."
"Sometimes when God closes a door, he doesn’t intend to open a window. Sometimes when God closes a door, it’s because he wants us inside when the building collapses."
"Brokenness is also nonnegotiable in that it is inevitable. Have you not suffered yet? Keep living. Jesus promised that we would have trouble."
"In the world of gospel wakefulness, the exclamation points are felt."
"The Bible may be an epic love story, but we are not the protagonists in it. The Bible’s story is about God. He is its chief character. He is the hero. So the narrative arc of Scripture traces most boldly the creative and redemptive work of God. The good news about this work, of course, is that God’s creation and redemption place designs on us."
"Gospel-wakened people feel swept off their feet by their romancing God. (If you’re a man, and this sort of “church as feminine” language bothers you, you will have to get over it. This is how God draws our character. You will have to nail your machismo to the cross and stop thinking you’re more of a man than your Groom.)"