I was honored to see that Kelly Kapic of Covenant College has posted a review of my book, Packer on the Christian Life, at the Gospel Coalition website (September 23, 2015). Here it is. Continue reading . . .
I was honored to see that Kelly Kapic of Covenant College has posted a review of my book, Packer on the Christian Life, at the Gospel Coalition website (September 23, 2015). Here it is.
This book isn’t sexy. J. I. Packer isn’t either. Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
Books on spirituality and the Christian life are often unnervingly trendy. Our culture has conditioned us to crave quick fixes, clichés, nine-step programs, and grandiose promises. Unfortunately, once the novelty fades, the boredom usually returns, the emptiness haunts us again, and melancholy lurks at the door. What happened? We find ourselves—body and soul—malnourished as a result of such ventures, just like we do when we chase new diet after new diet. In the desert of our lives, we’re tempted to despair and give up—that is, until the next shiny fruit is offered and the next untested promise comes across our screen or pops up in our pulpits. And then we say to ourselves, yet again, “This new approach will be the one. . . .”
Christian spirituality has had plenty of movements throughout the last two millennia—some proving genuinely helpful, others not so much. Those that were more than a fad you might call “traditions,” while those that disappeared as quickly as they arose could be characterized as “trends.” Each tradition, even amid its diversity, has its own ways of living, articulating, and passing along what it believes to be the most helpful aspects of a genuine Christian spirituality. There are habits and ways of being that must be received, absorbed, and p