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The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  912 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Eminent evangelical theologian provides a basic introduction to the faith that traces the story of redemption through the Bible.
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Baker Books
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Rachel Schultz
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I became convicted that in my roles where I teach bible (to my children and youth at our church) I was often getting by with superficial sunday school knowledge of the Bible, especially the old testament. As the back of the book puts it: “Most people--even most Christians--do not have a basic working knowledge of the Bible.”

There are a million things to see in the Old Testament that let you enjoy Christ more. And if you don’t deep dive into them you are missing out. Just one example - Israel’s m
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Emily Stem
Pretty disappointed with this book honestly. Surprisingly so since I'm a fan of Carson. I felt the topics were too broad, didn't connect or flow well, and that he spent way too much time qualifying ideas with numerous and unnecessary examples. Not concise in the least. Probably could said the same thing in half the page count.
Will Standridge
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be in the hands of every new Believer/Bible Reader. Carson takes a break from his normal, headier writing to give an introduction to putting the Bible together and understanding where you fit in it. This, coupled with his sermon series by the same name is simply phenomenal.
audio/video to go with the book from author's 14-part seminar:
Keith Brooks
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 .
Marguerite Harrell
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Morgan Echtenkamp
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-study
Great overview of the Bible. I learned a lot!
PJ Wenzel
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Carson is a surprisingly witty and charming writer! His writing is a cut above entry level plebes, but still attainable for someone using their brain and imagination. Not only is his scope wide, it’s tuned well, and not lacking in depth. His prose is smooth, and his phrasing is a mix of modern hip slang and literary acumen that I really enjoyed.
Jason Bailey
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books does not disappoint!

D.A. Carson is one of my favorite authors. His presentation of God in this book is fantastic. As an agnostic, I disagree with conclusions and much of his argumentation. However, I still enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a brief but thorough presentation of God from a well educated evangelical Christian point of view.
Tracy Plant
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book

This book is very clear easy read. It encourages me to pray and to read God's Word The Bible. It is for Christians who want to strengthen their faith in God.
Bendick Ong
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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

Al Datum
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Medo Sharaf
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I asked our assistant pastor one day for a recommendation on a book that would aid me in disciplining people who have been witnessed to with the Gospel, and he was kind enough to give me this book.

If D.A. Carson talks the same way he writes, then I would love to have a long walk with him. Reading this book felt like going on a long walk with a gentleman who was willing to take his time explaining the key points and themes in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Carson takes his time walking thr
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don Carson's writing (at times faintly reminiscent of C. S. Lewis') is clear and concise, and The God Who Is There is compelling biblical theology, exploring who the God of the Bible is, the themes and arc narrative of the Bible, and doctrines of Christianity. Through the study of various Scripture passages from Genesis to Revelation, this book not only unpacks context and definitions, but also shows how everything in the Bible points to and converges in Christ. Albeit intended for individuals w ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Crispin Lewis
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Ronnie Nichols
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
D.A. Carson gives a systematic and thourough summary of the analogy of faith as he walks us through Bible from Genesis to Revelation and discusses the Theology and purpose of God's Word. This is a clear and sound representation of the proper biblical Christian faith and will help the reader to better understand and articulate the proclamation of God's promise to himself and others. This study would make a great small group, a Sunday school class, or a building block for any Christian old or new ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Mathew Nix
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book for all Christians to study. Much like the catechisms of old, this book explores the essentials of the Christian faith, but does so via a kind of survey of the whole Bible, that has surprising depth despite this vast scope. For the new believer, this can serve to build the foundation they need for healthy spiritual growth. For the mature believer, Carson has numerous insights and such amazing exegetical skills that you can't help but learn new things from his writings, r ...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
Mark A Powell
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Russell Massey
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Wavey Cowpar
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Clayton Tune
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
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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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