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Discovering God in Stories from the Bible

By Philip Graham Ryken
February 2011 | Review by Malcolm Evans

Synopsis

Human beings from the beginning of time have tried to figure out what God is. They have worshiped nature and idols and everything in between because they haven't had a true answer to the vital question What is God? But the Bible tells us stories that illustrate just who God really is. It gives us a true answer to that question, an answer that has crucial implications for each of us in our daily lives. The 13 Bible stories explained in this book are full of exciting truths about God, and studying those truths is the key to knowing and loving God more. Each story gives us a a new facet of God's nature and character.

  • Publisher: P&R
  • ISBN: 978-1596381711
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: £11.99
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Book Review

The book consists of thirteen chapters, each looking at one of the attributes of God. There is also a study guide at the end for each chapter, with questions and suggestions for further study.

My initial expectation from the title had been that each chapter would start with a story and then bring out the relevant attribute of God. Instead, the attribute is first described, and then a Bible story examined to show the attribute illustrated in practice. However, on getting past that misunderstanding, my enthusiasm for the book grew and grew.

I was challenged and encouraged by every chapter, or rather by every one of God’s attributes covered. The chapter on God being eternal particularly stretched my mind. To be reminded of the vastness, and in the end our lack of comprehension, of God in all his being is very challenging.

A comment by Alistair Begg on the back of the book says, ‘It takes peculiar skill to provide an explanation of God’s attributes that both feeds the mind and stirs the heart’. I agree with him that Philip Ryken achieves this, and more.

The study guide appears a useful addition to the book and would be helpful for groups or for an individual. The author quotes many other sources in the text and these are clearly noted, with good indices both of words and Scripture references. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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