Most people—most Christians, even—don’t have a basic working knowledge of the Bible. How can we understand the story of God—and our part in it—when we’re not familiar with it? In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes you through the story of Scripture to help you know what you believe and why you believe it.
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- Offers a basic introduction to the Bible
- Provides notes for further study
- The God Who Made Everything
- The God Who Does Not Wipe Out Rebels
- The God Who Writes His Own Agreements
- The God Who Legislates
- The God Who Reigns
- The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise
- The God Who Becomes a Human Being
- The God Who Grants New Birth
- The God Who Loves
- The God Who Dies—and Lives Again
- The God Who Declares the Guilty Just
- The God Who Gathers and Transforms His People
- The God Who Is Very Angry
- The God Who Triumphs
Praise for the Print Edition
Don Carson’s The God Who Is There is a unique and important volume in many ways. It is neither a traditional systematic theology nor a Bible survey. It unpacks the whole biblical storyline through the lens of God’s character and actions. As a ministry tool, it can be used for evangelism, since it so thoroughly lays out the doctrine of God, as Paul does on Mars Hill in Acts 17. And yet it also does what the catechisms of the Reformation churches did: give Christians a grounding in basic biblical beliefs and behavior.
—Timothy Keller, pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY
This is a much-needed book. D. A. Carson is one of the few biblical scholars who are gifted to write simply and in a way that captivates. We live in a time when people quickly reject or accept the Bible without even knowing its contents. Carson does a masterful job of explaining the Scriptures so that a person who has never even opened the Bible can understand it. At the same time, those who grew up under its teaching will find valuable and obvious truths that will lead them to greater worship and appreciation of the God we serve.
—Francis Chan, pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Simi Valley, CA
What a wonderful resource! I love how Carson pulls together—in such an inviting way—God’s story from his Word! This book is a treasure for those who want to know what the Bible says as well as those of us who have read it, taught it, and lived it for years.
—Crawford W. Loritts Jr., senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA
I am constantly on the lookout for good books for thoughtful students about issues of faith. The pickings are usually slim. D. A. Carson’s The God Who Is There offers a helpful resource I can heartily recommend. It is challenging yet respectful, thought-provoking yet accessible, faithful to the historic Christian faith yet relevant to our ever-changing world. I hope many students and faculty will give it serious consideration.
—Randy Newman, staff member, Campus Crusade for Christ
If you’ve ever wanted to hear God’s story, then this book is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to come face-to-face with the God who made, loves, and rescues you, then this book is for you. And if you’ve never picked up the Bible or wandered into a Christian church, then this book is especially for you.
—Sam Chan, lecturer in theology, preaching, and ethics, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Australia
This may well prove to be one of the finest and most influential books D. A. Carson has written. A comprehensive apologia for the Christian faith, it is rooted in engaging exposition of major biblical texts, tracing the chronological story of God’s gospel grace with rich theological insight. Skillfully related to the objections and issues raised by twenty-first-century culture, it will inspire and equip any Christian who desires to communicate Christ more effectively and can confidently be given to any inquirer seeking to discover the heart of biblical faith. It is the best book of its kind I have read for many years.
—David J. Jackman, former president, Proclamation Trust
- Title: The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story
- Author: D. A. Carson
- Publisher: Baker
- Publication Date: 2010
- Pages: 240
About D. A. Carson
D. A. Carson is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1978. Carson earned an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He lectures in academic and church settings around the world.
Carson has written over 50 books, including his popular The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism and Exegetical Fallacies. He has also written commentaries in both The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.