Review: The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him
Ingram says up front that his desire for those that read this book is “to engage the reader in a lifelong pursuit of knowing, seeing, and experiencing the Real God.” (15) The Real God? He means the one found in Scripture who has not been conformed to my ideas or desires. So, is saying that I might have some distorted idea of God? The nerve! Yeah, that’s where I started with this book. Doesn’t give an author much room to work. I put the book down, went on vacation, and then came back to it, more just to get it off my to-do list than anything else.
Not only did I discover that I needed a vacation, but that over time I had acquired a distorted view of the God of the Bible. Time for some adjustment, and this book provided the means for that adjustment. Ingram uses an older book by Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, as a jumping off point for his work with this book. There are other books that address the attributes of God, too, but Ingram brings a more current vernacular with more current illustrations to his readers with this one. He also adds a tool he labeled B.I.O. (from bios meaning life) that gives the reader some action points related to the focus of each chapter. His aim to do more than put some information in front of his reader. Tozer had the same hope, I’m sure, but in a way that differed in accordance with his generation.
If you sense a drift in your own spiritual walk, or are just wanting to know who this God is that Christians talk about so much, I’d recommend this book to you. It’s not a speed read, but it will accomplish the desire the author has set forth in the beginning of his book.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review