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Overview The questions that emerging generations are asking about where they stand in God's eyes are examined in a guide that shows readers how to maintain a relationship with God and live every day knowing that they are God's forever. Original.
Publishers Description As the grandson of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, Tullian Tchividjian grew up hearing the Christian faith preached to millions. Yet he struggled to come to faith personally. His first book, " Do I Know God? "captures the sincerity and intensity of his own spiritual quest, and shows the way for a new generation of seekers. Combining careful thinking, warm personal story, and an exceptional grounding in biblical truths, Tullian delivers trustworthy answers to the questions you've been asking: -Is it really possible to know God? -Is being "spiritual" or "religious" the same thing as having a relationship with God? -What is the relationship between saving faith and good works? -How does believing God's promises assure me of salvation? -How do my feelings for God affect my relationship with him? -How can I trust that God is present when I feel only his absence? -Can a relationship with God assure me of a future with him in eternity?
"Do I Know God? "was written with a wide range of readers in mind: those outside the Christian faith, newer Christ followers who feel confused about their relationship with God, and long-time Christians who have never gotten clarity on key questions like eternal security and assurance of salvation, faith and works. Tullian shows readers how to discover a genuine, vibrant and enduring relationship with God. And it all begins with the vital question: "Do I Know God? "
Awards and Recognitions Do I Know God?: Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship by Tullian Tchividjian has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2008 Finalist - Prayer category
Citations And Professional Reviews Do I Know God?: Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship by Tullian Tchividjian has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590529367 ISBN13 9781590529362
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More About Tullian Tchividjian
Tullian Tchividjian is the bestselling author of "One Way Love" and "Glorious Ruin.""
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Terrific Book on Having Assurance of Salvation Oct 19, 2008
How can I be sure that I know God?
Can I be a Christian and not feel God's presence?
Should I trust my feelings?
Is it right to even want assurance of my relationship with God?
Pastors and laypeople alike wrestle with these and other difficult questions about the reality and vibrancy of our relationship with God. Tullian Tchividjian's Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship (Multnomah, 2007) offers answers to these questions in a way that is both pastorally sensitive and unflinchingly biblical. Do I Know God? is written not only for people who want to know God, but also for those of us who want to know that we know God.
In his exploration of the answers to this important question, Tullian takes us in three directions. First, he helps readers understand what an authentic relationship with God looks like. In the early chapters, he exposes the false assumptions of many who assume they know God, showing how knowing about God is different than knowing God personally.
Next, he helps us examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith by asking tough, biblical questions about the fruitfulness of our lives. Towards the end, Tullian shows us some practical ways to help us sense the assurance of our salvation.
Pastors who wish to preach on assurance of salvation would do well to consult Tullian's book. Laypeople who struggle with the assurance of their salvation will discover the book to be very accessible. Peppered with illustrations from Tullian's ministry and personal experience, Do I Know God? combines faithful biblical teaching with warmth that comes from the heart of a pastor. Some of the most helpful chapters deal with six ways in which people sometimes deceive themselves into thinking they know God when in reality they are far from him.
In addressing the question of certainty, Tullian emphasizes the nature of God and his promises to us. Again and again, he makes the case that salvation is all of grace. There are a couple of places where he seems to contradict himself (at one point in the book, he states that we cannot achieve salvation, but only receive it, although elsewhere he uses the terminology of achieving salvation), but the overwhelming message of the book is that salvation is all of God, which strengthens our certainty in his promises.
Do I Know God? is a well-written book that challenges, convicts and encourages us. I suspect we will be hearing more from Tullian in the days to come.
Do I know God Oct 6, 2008
It is very good for people who is not sure about their faith or for whoever would like to re-exam their relationship with God.
biblical, engaging primer on assurance of salvation Jun 12, 2008
The Apostle John wrote his first epistle to Christians ("you who believe in the name of the Son of God"). And why did John write? "That you may know that you have eternal life" (I John 5:13). While God delights to grant assurance of salvation to His children, we're also told that assurance is a blessing that each Christian is to earnestly seek (II Peter 1:10). And in thinking about assurance of salvation we must inevitably consider questions like:
Is certainty possible in this area? What does it mean to truly know God? Is it possible to be "sure" I know God, and yet be deceived? How does being saved by grace relate to doing good works?
What I found particularly helpful about Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian (pastor of New City Presbyterian Church in south Florida) is that it powerfully addresses these questions in an engaging, relational tone (including apt illustrations from Tchividjian's own life) while also explaining the gospel. All in a book that's less than 200 pages long.
For example, Tchividjian walks us through his own conversion at the age of 19 and then later devotes a chapter to explaining the relationship between saving faith and good works. He helps the reader understand the crucial difference between working for salvation (trying to earn God's favor by right living) and working out salvation (progressively, increasingly obeying God through faith as the necessary and inevitable outworking of having had our hearts transformed such that we've embraced Jesus Christ as our Savior, Lord, and Treasure). Consequently, it is the sort of book that is simultaneously useful for Christians and those still exploring the faith. In addressing assurance, Tchividjian does a good job balancing the importance of belief in God's promises, internal evidence of salvation (affections for God), and external evidence (increasing obedience, i.e., progressive sanctification). He also explains how to maintain assurance when God seems most absent.
In short, I commend this book, particularly to younger Christians or those who are investigating Christianity.
Great read May 13, 2008
This was a great read. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but Tullian laid out everything out clearly and let the reader into some of his life experiences which evoked empathy. Everyone is fallible. A good book, especially for a new believer.
Disappointed May 4, 2008
I really expected a lot more from this book. I know of the author's background and I thought that he would have tied his personal experiences into it more. It is a slow read - I haven't been able to pick it up again...needless to say, it remains half finished.