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Gain strength and wisdom from the words and actions of Jesus by bestselling author and theologian J I Packer
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Going against everything our pompous self obsessed world builds it’s fragile worth upon, J I Packer shows how what the secular world shuns as weakness, the Christian embraces as true spiritual strength. This is an accessible exploration of “the way of weakness” for every Christian feeling overwhelmed in the modern world.
This book takes apart the world’s misplaced confidence in its own strength and proves the counter-intuitive and revolutionary Christian doctrine drawn from 2 Corinthians 12:10 ‘For when I am weak, then I am strong’. True Christianity, says the much-loved author and theologian, embraces weakness as a way of life.
In these meditations on 2 Corinthians, J. I. Packer, now well into his eighth decade, unlocks the truth of Scripture with pastoral warmth and deep insight. With all the benefit of lessons learned from the experience of growing older and coming face to face with his own mortality, he shares the wisdom gathered from a life of obedience to Christ and dependence on his Word.
This book makes the connection between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the daily life of the Christian life showing how the power of the gospel is provides encouragement and direction through an ever-present and all-sufficient God. This the author achieves not only by his consistent theological and Christ centred focus, but with examples from his own rich life and lessons and ideas gleaned from a wide range of Christian thinkers including C. S. Lewis, cartoons and movies.
J I Packer humbly applied his hard won wisdom and writing to impart boldness to all those who fear weakness or seek it, revealing the truth that, through Christ, our human frailty becomes real spiritual strength.
Weakness is the Way by J I Packer was published by IVP in May 2013 and is our 9785th best seller. The ISBN for Weakness is the Way is 9781844748716.
The three main chapters apply this truth to three areas: the Christian's calling, the Christian's giving, the Christian's hoping.
Mr Packer writes in his usual clear, pastoral way. He especially draws on his own experience of getting older and physically weaker. Those who know they are weak will find encouragement here. Those who do not realise they are weak will come to see the deep spiritual truth of Paul's words. This book is well worth reading.
II Christ and the Christian's Calling
III Christ and the Christian's Giving
IV Christ and the Christian's Hope
'Dr Packer has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way.'. - Billy Graham.
“If you, like me, struggle with discouragement over your weaknesses, you need to read this book. We all long to be admired for our strengths, yet we all find ourselves, ‘beset with weakness’ (Heb. 5:2). Does this mean we’re stuck living with discouragement? No! There is an escape to joyful freedom. Dr. Packer knows the way. Walking us through 2 Corinthians, he shows it to us so that we, like Paul, can ‘boast all the more gladly of [our] weaknesses.’” — Jon Bloom, President, Desiring God Ministries; author, Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith.
“Even the title of this book flies my heart straight to Jesus, kindling afresh my desire to see him as he is. I’m reminded each day that only God’s strength can sustain and empower me for service, yet I’m tempted to crave worldly strength. Weakness Is the Way emboldens those beset with weaknesses by means of the truth that our human frailty becomes real spiritual strength in and through Christ alone. This is ‘life with Christ our strength.’ How could we ever want to live any other way?” — Gloria Furman, Pastor’s wife and mother of four; cross-cultural worker; author, Glimpses of Grace.
“I often tell students that biblical ‘wisdom’ is the product of knowledge, time, and experience, all woven together by deep devotion to the living God. Dr. Packer gives us wisdom in this reflection. Weakness in our culture is hidden, denied, rejected, and avoided at all costs. But admitting it and walking in it are indispensible to biblical faith. Dr. Packer wisely alerts us to how the love of money undermines “the way of weakness” in the modern world! He winsomely weaves into this reflection deep and abiding Christian hope. Our culture sells us self-reliance. God says, ‘Rely on me!’ Dr. Packer leads us on this path, and I, for one, am grateful for his wise guidance.” — Michael S. Beates, member of the Internatinal Board of Directors with Joni and Friends and the International Disability Center; contributor to Tabletalk magazine and several books focusing on the area of disabilities and Gospel hope.
“Dr. Packer has written a wonderful book about 2 Corinthians that illuminates the varied and various connections between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian life; the power of the gospel and the weakness of the Christian; faith and money; and the present and the future. The exposition that this Christian statesman presents is informed first of all by a penetrating interpretation of the text of Scripture and a consistent theological and Christocentric focus, but also by examples from his own rich life and much else, ranging from C. S. Lewis to cartoons and films. Every Christian should read this book.” — Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, Paul the Missionary.
'Dr Packer has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way.'.- Billy Graham
|Author / Artist||J I Packer|
|Publisher||IVP (May 2013)|
|Number of Pages||128|
|Page last updated||14th August 2018|