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J.I. Packer: A Biography

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His books have sold over three million copies worldwide and Christianity Today readers named him one of the most influential theological writers of ... Show synopsis

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Seth F.

Disappointingly superficial

by Seth F. on Aug 24, 2013

Writing the biography of a man who can read it must be challenging. Probably for that reason in particular, I didn't find this biography to be that great. First, the author is extremely adulatory. There is not a word about any fault Packer may have (and as a mortal man, surely he must have some). The greatness of Packer seems to be the thread that ties the book together. Nor is there any light shed upon the secret of his "greatness": what of his daily life, habits, personality, struggles? I didn't feel at the end as if I really knew the man. The perspective is that of an outsider commenting on the externals--the public actions, the published works, the prepared statements, guarded personal conversations--not that of a close friend revealing the inner man of a spiritual giant (such as Bonar's biography of McCheyne). If, like me, that is what you are hoping for, I believe you will be disappointed.

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