GOD’S PLANS FOR YOU, by J. I. Packer

Published on September 15, 2022 by Eugene Ho

Crossway, 2001 | 224 pages

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance

by Kirsten Birkett



  1. Danger! Theologian At Work: What These Chapters Are Meant to Do
  2. The Plan of God: The Basic Christian Orientation
  3. Meeting God: The Basic Christian Relationship
  4. Hot Tub Religion: Toward a Theology of Enjoyment
  5. A Christian Style of Life: Managing our Labor, Leisure, Pleasure, and Treasure
  6. Guidance: How God Leads Us
  7. Joy: A Neglected Discipline
  8. Scripture and Sanctification: How the Bible Helps Us to Holiness   
  9. The Transformation Track: What It Means to Follow Christ  
  10. Poor Health: Physical Cures and Healing
  11. Disappointment, Despair, Depression: How the Great Physician Touches Troubled Minds
  12. Know Yourself: Identity and Self-Image
  13. Power Path: Taking the Holy Spirit Seriously  
  14. Musings on the Life of Faith: Double-Mindedness, Seriousness, Balance, Dying  
  15. Church Reformation: Outward Reordering and Inward Renewal


General Summary

A collection of essays on Christian, and church, life; covering guidance, sanctification, providence, and suffering.


Chapter 1: Danger! Theologian At Work: What These Chapters Are Meant to Do

This book gives the perspective of a theologian, one who listens to the Holy Spirit speaking through Scripture and applies it. “Theology’s proper goal is to equip the disciples of Jesus Christ for obedience.” The book, therefore, aims (from the preface) “to show how life looks and feels when lived by faith in the sovereign God of the Bible, and to help in forming attitudes, focusing values, and making decisions amid the perplexing cross-currents of decadence in the culture and the church.” It is based on the certainty that “in life, in death, and for eternity our relationships with God is what matters most.”   . . .

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