“What are you reading?” That’s a question I love to ask as I’m always looking for books that might enhance my own spiritual walk and/or my knowledge of faith and culture. Sometimes, I’m just looking to read for enjoyment or to widen my knowledge about someone or something.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been part of an online Facebook group (CPYU Reading/Discussion Group) that includes over 600 people who have said they want to read together. And so, we’ve tackled a variety of books for two months at a time. And, I’m excited to spread the news that our September/October selection is J.I. Packer’s classic book, Knowing God.
We’re looking forward to reading this classic that has been a life-changer for so many people since it was first published back in 1973. A more recent Foreword written by Kevin Vanhoozer includes these words about Knowing God: “You shouldn’t read Packer unless you’re serious about spiritual transformation. . . Start reading Knowing God, open your windows and prepare to be blown away.”
I have been going back and forth on a variety of titles and this one keeps jumping off my shelf at me. It’s a book that God has used to transform lives for several decades now. It’s biblically-sound, rooted in the best of Christian theological history, and one that each of us will find transformative as we read. Youth workers and parents. . . this is a book that will not only transform you, but will enhance your ability to nurture and teach your children well in the midst of a culture and a church culture that continues to drift from truth.
I know that many of you will say, “I’ve already read Knowing God.” That’s awesome! And if you have read it, you know its’ value and the value of reading it again.
I would love to have you join us as we begin reading on Monday, August 30 and continue for the next nine weeks. We will be pacing ourselves at roughly 30 pages a week. I would recommend that you get a small journal in which to record your thoughts, write pertinent quotes, and generally interact in a personal way with the book. I will be leading the online discussion. You can weigh in as often or as little as you like. . . or you could just stay tuned to the discussion in order to see what others are saying.
If you already have a copy of Knowing God, great! Pull it off the shelf. If not, I would suggest the newer edition which I have linked to here. I’m really excited about this!
If you’d like to join us, simply go to our CPYU Reading/Discussion Group on Facebook and ask to join. You will find more information and be able to download a pdf version of our reading schedule for Knowing God.