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Seeing God: Twelve Reliable Signs of True Spirituality

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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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James
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The beginning sections focus most on Edwards and his writings and thought. The rest of the book is more of a pastoral/devotional nature, using Edwards' list of reliable signs of Christianity as a template and outline. I found the book highly encouraging and practical. I think this book would serve as a great introduction to Edwards for most lay Christians, and a great guide, in general, to Christian life and practice. Also, I recommend everything McDermott writes, though a lot of it is more acad ...more
Tim
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Josh
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Fred
Jun 24, 2016 added it
This is a modern reworking of Jonathan Edwards' classic discussion on spiritual affections. Edwards wrote his book in the wake of the first Great Awakening in the early 18th century to answer a question: how do we know if a person has made a life-altering, eternity-changing, decision to follow Christ? There was a lot of emotion and hype during the Awakening along with many genuine conversions. Edwards defended the religious movement by putting it on firm theological ground. Interestingly McDermo ...more
Nick Hsieh
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Trigsted
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Victor Toh
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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