Saturday, April 14, 2012

Book Review: Nature of God (Gleanings in the Godhead)

Nature of God (Formerly published as Gleanings in the Godhead). Arthur W. Pink. 1975/1999. Moody Publishers. 347 pages.

What is the best way to approach A.W. Pink's The Nature of God? I'm not exactly sure. But I'd certainly recommend going at a slow-but-steady pace. The but is very important. For if you just go slow and unsteady, then you lose momentum and motivation. If it's just a book you pick up once a month, then, it's not something you're likely to finish. Then again, realistically speaking, this may not be a book you'd want to *have* to read a chapter a day in. So perhaps a compromise of sorts is in order, setting a goal for yourself to read two chapters a week? But, let's go back to basics...

Why should you want to read The Nature of God? Quite simply you should want to read this one because it is a great book about God the Father and God the Son. The first part is "excellencies which pertain to the Godhead as God." The second part is "excellencies which pertain to God the Son as Christ."

Sample chapter titles from part one:

  • The Knowledge of God
  • The Foreknowledge of God
  • The Supremacy of God
  • The Sovereignty of God
  • The Holiness of God
  • The Faithfulness of God
  • The Loving-Kindness of God
  • The Goodness of God
  • The Patience of God
  • The Grace of God

And that's just a sample. There are many more chapters in this section!

Sample chapter titles from part two:

  • The Fullness of Christ
  • The Radiance of Christ
  • The Humanity of Christ
  • The Person of Christ
  • The Crucifixion of Christ
  • The Lordship of Christ
  • The Saviorhood of Christ
  • The Call of Christ
  • The Rest of Christ
  • The Yoke of Christ

Again, just a sample list. There are more chapters in this section!

How reader-friendly is this classic? Well. That depends. The good news is that most of the chapters are short. It's not unusual for many chapters to be under five or six pages. Of course, there's exceptions. Some chapters are twice that length. As far as vocabulary and style, I found it accessible. Pink relies on Scripture. So the more familiar you are with your Bible, the more accessible you'll find this one. If you find the Bible difficult to understand, then you'll probably find this book just as challenging. That's not to say that this book isn't practical and relevant. I did find it very relevant! And I personally found it rich in truth. There were so many passages worth sharing with you, worth remembering myself. (I marked so many passages that I'm a little overwhelmed and intimidated to sort through them at the moment. Maybe I'll share in a separate post later.)

I definitely liked this one!!!

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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