Book Tip: The God Who Is There

Do you know what the exodus has to do with the exile? What about how the Old Testament relates to the New? Do you have a desire to read the Bible, but don’t know where to start?

D.A. Carson begins his new book – The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story with a few statements that might make you want to read the rest of the book.

“If you know nothing at all about what the Bible says, the book you are now holding in your hands is for you...

If you have been attending a Christian church for many years in an indifferent fashion – it’s a nice extracurricular activity now and then – but have recently come to the conclusion you really ought to understand more than you do, this book is for you.

If you have quite a few of the pieces of the Bible stored in your mind but have no idea how the exodus relates to the exile or why the New Testament is called the New Testament, this book is for you.

If in your experience the Bible has lots of data but you do not see how it conveys God to you or introduces Jesus in a fashion that utterly humbling and transforming, this book is for you.

This book is not for everyone. The person who does not want more than a bumper sticker introduction to Christianity may find this book a bit much. What I have tried to do here is run through the Bible in fourteen chapters. Each chapter focuses on one or more passages from the Bible, unpacks it a little, and tries to build connections with the context, drawing the lines together to show how they converge in Jesus…”


Carson is claiming quite a broad intended audience for this book. And I don’t think he has missed his mark.

Many have attempted to summarize the Biblical storyline over the years, some better than others. Many have done so with a fairly academic, chronological approach. That approach is a valuable one, but sometimes more difficult to read due to its dryness.

Carson’s approach is different. This book is organized primarily upon theme (each chapter is entitled “The God Who”…Made Everything, Writes His Own Agreements, Dies – and Lives Again, etc.), while keeping the basic chronology in tact. The effect is that you get the timeline while not focusing on it. You end up focusing on the important themes and the connections between them.

A great book and a great resource. Read it yourself or recommend it to people that are interested in church, the Bible, etc. Pick it up on Amazon, or grab one from our bookstore, which will for sure have copies by next Sunday.

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