Growing in Christ
by J.I. Packer
Now with a new cover, J.I. Packer’s excellent book Growing in Christ looks better than ever (it was originally published in 1994 as I Want to Be a Christian). Packer offers a popular level overview of Christianity divided into four sections (doctrine as outlined by the Apostle’s Creed; baptism and conversion; prayer; the Ten Commandments). The 64 very short chapters include biblical references for further study and questions useful for personal devotion times or group facilitation (as it was intended).
Overall, I think this quote provides an excellent overview of Packer’s purpose,
“Being a Christian is a blend of doctrine, experience, and practice. Head, heart, and legs are all involved. Doctrine and experience without practice would turn me into a knowledgeable spiritual paralytic; experience and practice without doctrine would leave me a restless sleepwalker. If Christ is to be formed in me, doctrine, experience, and practice must all be there together” (p. 127).
Packer accomplishes this balance well in Growing in Christ.
Title: Growing in Christ (formerly I Want to Be a Christian)
Author: J.I. Packer
Reading level: 1.0/5.0 > very easy
Dust jacket: no
Topical index: yes
Scriptural index: no
Text: second generation perfect text
Year: 1994, 2007
Price USD: $16.99 / $12.99 at CBD
ISBNs: 1581348525, 9781581348521