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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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Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Noel Burke
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
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.
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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 .
Al Datum
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading good theological books. As a Christian, it deepens my appreciation for God's love and what He has done for me. By learning more, I endeavor to love God with all of my mind and this book was a great way to learn and be drawn into God's story.

The book is written for people who may have never read the Bible. It's a roadmap guiding us through the narrative of the Old and New Testament, showing God at work throughout history to redeem mankind. Even as someone who has read the Bible qui
Crispin Lewis
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing summary of the Biblical meta-narrative. Carson takes time to work through the various themes in Scriptures storyline, from creation to new creation. His insight to the cultural background of the day makes it a good read even for tenured students of the Bible.

This book is great for new believers wanting to get a hand on the storyline of the Bible, which may seem disjointed to some. Christians who are more seasoned can also benefit from this resource. Once it is taken for what it is (it i
Bendick Ong
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
Jacob Coldwell
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you read the Bible like you read every other book, looking for a continual thread and message through all the chapters and stories. You pretty much have just thought of this book, which shows the connecting themes and overall "plot" of the Bible though the people and places change from book to book and verse to verse.

The purpose of this book is great and for the most part it is very well done, helping navigate symbolism, cultural meanings and showing truth. My one problem (and it hap

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
This was well written, in depth, and deeply moving. Carson does a wonderful job with the overall story of God, pulling back the viel for readers to see the God who created us and saves us.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
David Cowpar
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good exposition of the biblical story, but as can happen sometimes Carson got bogged down in the bible exegesis and forgot to apply it to today. Unfortunately that leads to a very misleading subtitle: "Finding your place in God's story", there is no such application or explanation. Perhaps that is the fault of the publishers who have the book it's subtitle, but either way the book suffers for it.
Coley Bryant
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for new readers of the Word and for fresh reminders of the seasoned readers of the Word as well!

Carson ties the Word together beautifully while bringing in great stories to illustrate his points! A book for the curious wanderers, the new believers, and the saints of old. It will bring answers and curiosity to know more to some, clarity to others, and renewed excitement to folks in the valley of their walks of the treasure God's Word!
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.
Russell Massey
I enjoyed reading this book as it gives a basic overview of the whole story of the Bible. It seems that this is a new focus now in teaching the Bible- helping people see that the Bible is a complete story of God dealing with a fallen humanity. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter which is about the consummation of God's kingdom. I didn't know much about the symbolism of Rev 20-21 before I read this book. If you're looking for a layman's guide to Biblical theology, this is a good one.
Mark A Powell
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew Bandy
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book notes that it is a basic introduction to the faith, for a believer of many years it was a powerful encouragement and reminder of the foundations of my faith as Carson guided me through the big story of Scripture. His insight and focus on the gospel were truly inspiring.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Pete Kieffer
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fanastic survey of the entire Bible story. I recommend this to those familiar with the Bible or not. Carson does a superb job of connecting the confusing elements of the Bible into a unified whole.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
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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