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A timely and practical collection of essays and thoughts on contemporary Christian living from a concerned theologian.


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A timely and practical collection of essays and thoughts on contemporary Christian living from a concerned theologian.

30 review for Hot Tub Religion: Christian Living in a Materialistic World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meggie

    When I heard the title of this book in a recent obituary of Packer, I could not resist picking it up. And I couldn’t be more glad and encouraged that I did. A compilation of essays and articles written in the late 70s and 80s, Packer’s words couldn’t be more relevant for our day in 2020. Take for instance this thought on the “basic Christian relationship” with God: “Knowing that God is on the throne upholds one under pressure and in the face of bewilderment, pain, hostility, and events that seem When I heard the title of this book in a recent obituary of Packer, I could not resist picking it up. And I couldn’t be more glad and encouraged that I did. A compilation of essays and articles written in the late 70s and 80s, Packer’s words couldn’t be more relevant for our day in 2020. Take for instance this thought on the “basic Christian relationship” with God: “Knowing that God is on the throne upholds one under pressure and in the face of bewilderment, pain, hostility, and events that seem not to make sense. It is a supportive truth for believers, and it is the first element or ingredient in the holiness of God.” (p. 55). Couldn’t be more relevant, could it? Packer explores a variety of Christian living topics in very accessible thoughts and language, gradually entering into more specific topics, starting with the character of God and our relationship with him, ending with definitions of renewal and reformation. Each chapter was full of scripture, to the point that Packer often found no reason other than to quote the Word in full. I’d commend this quick read to any Christian seeking direction in this confusing world. I’ll let you read the book to find out what “Hot Tub Religion” is. I think you’ll agree that such a religion is alive and well today.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Wonderful insight and thought-provoking statements that left me 'chewing' on the text long after I read it. Wonderful insight and thought-provoking statements that left me 'chewing' on the text long after I read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg Howard

    I read this as part of a lunch discussion group with other people at my church. One plus from this book is that the issues Packer discusses have not gone away. But one minus is that since they haven't gone away, the arguments he makes have been presented better by others in the last thirty years. I read this as part of a lunch discussion group with other people at my church. One plus from this book is that the issues Packer discusses have not gone away. But one minus is that since they haven't gone away, the arguments he makes have been presented better by others in the last thirty years.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Randy Corn

    I have to say that is an interesting little book and I enjoyed reading it. I found myself slowing down constantly, wanting to take in what Packer was writing. You might think that this book is something of an attack upon contemporary Christianity, given the title. If so, it is one of the most irenic attacks I have ever seen. The author does see a lot wrong with the evangelical movement, but this book is not a rebuke, it is a corrective. The writer speaks about key areas where he sees a need for a I have to say that is an interesting little book and I enjoyed reading it. I found myself slowing down constantly, wanting to take in what Packer was writing. You might think that this book is something of an attack upon contemporary Christianity, given the title. If so, it is one of the most irenic attacks I have ever seen. The author does see a lot wrong with the evangelical movement, but this book is not a rebuke, it is a corrective. The writer speaks about key areas where he sees a need for a change in the church in general and Christians in particular. His chapter “Hot Tub Religion” has a subtitle of “Toward a Theology of Pleasure.” I found it very similar to the idea articulated by John Piper in what he calls “Christian hedonism.” The author gives the best definition of Joy I have ever encountered and comments, “Joy is like jam. You get it on yourself when you spread it!” In a very broad sense this book is a series of chapters on the disciplines of the Christian life. There are more than a few good sermon ideas here as well as an illustration or two. I am glad that I read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Sadly, not a prequel to "Hot Tub Time Machine." But still quite good. Sadly, not a prequel to "Hot Tub Time Machine." But still quite good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Zartman

    I love the book Knowing God by Packer, and this book is also good soul food. It turns my thoughts God-ward, and challenges my love of comfort and familiarity and any reticence hidden in my heart to take the gospel seriously. Packer says that theologians should be thought of as "the church's sewage specialists. Their role is to detect and eliminate intellectual pollution, and to ensure, so far as man can, that God's life-giving truth flows pure and unpoisoned into Christian hearts." Packer makes I love the book Knowing God by Packer, and this book is also good soul food. It turns my thoughts God-ward, and challenges my love of comfort and familiarity and any reticence hidden in my heart to take the gospel seriously. Packer says that theologians should be thought of as "the church's sewage specialists. Their role is to detect and eliminate intellectual pollution, and to ensure, so far as man can, that God's life-giving truth flows pure and unpoisoned into Christian hearts." Packer makes good theology approachable and applicable, and even though he wrote it in the 1980's, his thoughts and warnings still speak the truth into our lives today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Read1000books

    More than just an expose' of how worldly attitudes have invaded the Church at large (especially telling since it was written 25 years ago), Packer also covers a range of practical areas in a very helpful manner, for example: guidance, joy, sanctification, depression, and a Biblically balanced view of healing. Highly recommended. More than just an expose' of how worldly attitudes have invaded the Church at large (especially telling since it was written 25 years ago), Packer also covers a range of practical areas in a very helpful manner, for example: guidance, joy, sanctification, depression, and a Biblically balanced view of healing. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    I think the odd title is perhaps the reason this book isn't more widely known and read. It is classic Packer. Chapter Two (The Plan of God) is worth the price of the book. I think the odd title is perhaps the reason this book isn't more widely known and read. It is classic Packer. Chapter Two (The Plan of God) is worth the price of the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

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    James

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    Undertheflowerpot

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

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    Aaron Hanson

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    Michael Vincent

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    Tom

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    Nate Sala

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    Philip Brown

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    Tony Chang

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    Andy Treece

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    Jerry Smith

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    Barbara Ann

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    Robert Ott

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    Cathy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Neil Steinwand

  28. 4 out of 5

    Plainswriter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jw

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andy

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