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Taste and See that the Lord is Good – Knowing, loving and Enjoying God

By Joel James
April 2012 | Review by John Palmer

Synopsis

How do you relate to God? Moses said to Israel, “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him …” (Deut. 10:20). In other words, knowing God is a perfect paradox: He is both too great to approach and too great not to. When we study the God of the Bible, we should be both overwhelmed by His incomparable majesty and irresistibly drawn to His love. In this warm and easy-to-read study of the attributes of God, Joel James captures and encourages that worshipful blend of awestruck fear and irrepressible love. Because it is built around key Old Testament “Sunday school” stories of God’s working with people such as Moses, Jonah, Ahab, and Manasseh, this book avoids the pitfalls of philosophical abstraction. It won’t simply teach you who God is, it will also help you to love Him.

  • Publisher: Day One
  • ISBN: 978-1-84625-269-3
  • Pages: 202
  • Price: 8.00
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Book Review

Taste and See that the Lord is Good: Knowing, Loving and Enjoying God.

Joel James

Day One

202 pages, £8.00

ISBN: 978-1-84625-269-3

Star rating: 4

 

This is an excellent book. The title is however slightly misleading. For in this volume Joel James uses Old Testament narratives to teach about many of the attributes of God, not just his goodness. These were originally sermons, and in each he explains an attribute, illustrates it from one or more Old Testament people who experienced it for themselves- for good or ill- and applies it to believers today. Characters brought before us include Achan, Jonah, Moses, and several others.

      The teaching is Reformed preaching and writing at its best- solid in content, easy to understand, snappy, pointed and warm. Dr James obviously enjoyed preaching this material and his hearers should have enjoyed hearing it and benefited greatly- as should many readers. It would also be a good basis for a series of Sunday school lessons, or for parents to use with their children.

      The attributes of God are mostly covered, though some only by implication- for example, Manesseh is held up as an example of God’s patience, rather than his mercy or grace, which are not specifically addressed. Overall, however, the sheer greatness and wonder of God, and of his love to sinners, shines through all that is written, and God is glorified throughout. The purpose of the book is accurately given in the subtitle: Knowing, Loving, and Enjoying God.

      A sample quote: ‘The story of David and Goliath… isn’t the story of an underdog winning an unlikely victory over a vastly superior foe… it’s the story of an incomparably powerful God winning an utterly predictable victory over a pathetic, puny, and completely inconsequential nine-foot-tall giant.’

      This book comes with recommendations from Conrad Mbewe and John MacArthur among others. Buy it, read it, enjoy it and profit from it.

 

John Palmer,

Tredegar

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