Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian

Christian books on relationships flood the market annually because they sell. But what about books on our most important relationship in the world — knowing God? How do we know that we know Him? Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham and pastor of New City Presbyterian Church, recently wrote an excellent book, Do I Know God? (Multnomah: 2007).

The book is a popular-level teaching on assurance and Tullian’s clear presentation of the Gospel is impressive. We stamp it “TSS Certified Cross-Centered.”

In part Tullian writes,

“Edward T. Welch said, ‘The gospel is the story of God covering his naked enemies, bringing them to the wedding feast, and then marrying them rather than crushing them’ … I remember sharing the need to be saved with a college guy in my office. He looked at me and said, ‘You Christians always talk about the need to be saved. I don’t understand. Saved from what?’ Paul said that Jesus ‘rescues us from the coming wrath’ (1 Thessalonians 1:10, NIV). In other words, Jesus came to save us from God! The last person an unrepentant, Christless sinner wants to meet after he or she dies is God” (pp. 97-98).

Amen! From the core of a clearly defined Gospel and illustrations from his personal testimony of God’s radical saving grace, Tullian builds a careful case for true assurance. A carefully composed read for anyone struggling with these questions.

With every intention to review the book on TSS, Justin Taylor featured a detailed interview with the author and Josh Harris did the same. Your time is better spent reading them …

  • Justin Taylor interview (8/31/07) here
  • Josh Harris interview – part 1 (8/31/07) here
  • Josh Harris interview – part 2 (9/4/07) here
  • Josh Harris interview – part 3 (9/8/07) here

8 thoughts on “Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian

  1. I had read yesterday the interviews by Josh Harris. I also listened to some of his sermons. I am glad to have been made aware of this man. I was surprised how solid this man’s theology is. Not that Billy Graham has bad theology but, some differing statements over the years.

  2. I was looking through my shelves and discovered another book on the same subject. I do not know if you are aware of it or not. I received a free copy from the Shepherds Conference this past year.
    Assured by God:Living in the fullness of God’s Grace, edited by Burk Parsons, published by P&R. Its contributors are; Burk Parsons, Philip Graham Ryken, Albert Mohler, Richard Phillips, Sinclair Ferguson, Joel Beeke, John Macarthur, Keith Mathison, Jerry Bridges, and R.C. Sproul.

  3. I spoke too soon! I just looked under the assurance tag and saw that you had already reviewed this book. Sorry. I noticed that the version pictured is different from mine. I have a conference edition, that has study questions in it. I love free books!!!

  4. Hello Tom! The difference between Assured by God and Do I Know God? is noteworthy. Assured takes more of a traditional theological route whereas Do I Know God? takes a certain theological route but within more of a contemporary narrative form (sermonic perhaps). It’s hard to explain the different but it is noticeable and illustrates a growing difference in the way the Reformed truths are presented. Otherwise the books tread nearly the same territory. Blessings! Tony

  5. Tony,
    Do you purchase all of your books, or do you receive a lot complimentary so that you can review them on your blog? Either way, What a blessing. Tom

  6. Hello Tom! Honestly I don’t buy books anymore. I’m now getting perhaps 2-4 books daily in the mail. This is due to the kindness of many publishers. I am grateful for this, but the burden of reading and reviewing so many titles is also a heavy one. The books are free but they come with a price. Blessings to you! Tony

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