Truth on Fire (ebook)

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Gazing at God Until Your Heart Sings

Knowing God truly, experiencing Him deeply.

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What would it look like to genuinely love God with our head AND our heart? To have a faith marked by right thinking AND right feeling? To know God deeply AND worship him passionately? Too often, Christians act as though these things are at odds with one another. But what if God intends for us to possess a Christianity that is radically committed to biblical truth, in a way that did not diminish the life of the heart, but actually intensified it?

Adam Ramsey invites us to engage both our minds and our emotions in our walk with God as we gaze at him until our hearts sing. He sums it up like this:

“My hope in these following pages is to paint a biblical portrait of what God is actually like, so that we can gaze upon him together until our hearts can’t help but sing. To behold him in such a way that our daily experience is transformed with a deepened awareness of who it is we pray to, who it is that is with us, and who it is that we are loved by. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.”

If you yearn for God but desire a clearer biblical picture of this God whom you love, or if you have been walking with God for a while now, but your experience of him has become settled or dry, then this book is for you.

Questions for reflection and application that can be used individually or in group study are found at the end of each chapter. Foreword by Ray Ortlund.

Adam leads Liberti Church on the Gold Coast of Australia and serves as the network director for Acts 29 Australia, New Zealand, & Japan. He also contributes articles to The Gospel Coalition.

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Contents

  • Foreword by Ray Ortlund
  • Introduction
  • 1. God Is Other: The Experience of Wonder
  • 2. God Is Sovereign: The Experience of Assurance
  • 3. God Is Unrivaled: The Experience of Embracing Weakness
  • 4. God Is Never Far Away: The Experience of Courage
  • 5. God Is All-Holy and All-Knowing: The Experience of Honesty
  • 6. God Is Good: The Experience of Trust Through Suffering
  • 7. God Is Love: The Experience of Relational Beauty
  • 8. God Is Never Late: The Experience of Patience
  • 9. God Is Merciful: The Experience of Gentleness
  • 10. God Is Just: The Experience of Prophetic Advocacy
  • 11. God Is Happy: The Experience of Delight
  • 12. God Is Victorious: The Experience of Hope
  • Conclusion: Reformation and Revival

Specification

Author Adam Ramsey, Ray Ortlund
ISBN 9781784986490
Format eBook
First published September 2021
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Jared C. Wilson

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry; Author in Residence, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Author, The Imperfect Disciple

I believe that the way people truly change is by truly beholding the glory of the Lord. This is why I’m exceedingly thankful for Adam Ramsey’s book. Chapter by chapter, with biblical depth and pastoral wisdom, he lifts our gaze up to contemplate the majesty of God. You will find both truth and Spirit in this rich work.

Jen Wilkin

Author, None Like Him, In His Image and Ten Words to Live By

Adam Ramsey believes that how we think about God should shape how we experience him. I couldn’t agree more. This exquisite book is devotional writing in its purest sense, an invitation not just to know the God of the universe more deeply, but to be overcome in the knowing. Truth on Fire compels us to bow our hearts, to experience and exhibit the reverence that beholding God yields. Read it to think, and read it to feel. Herein is a feast for head and heart.

Terry Virgo

Founder, Newfrontiers

Immediately captivating, Adam Ramsey’s fine book challenges us not to settle for a faith wholly dependent on sensational spiritual experiences or, in contrast, one which insists on our minds merely being filled with accurate information about God. Eloquently and effectively he argues for a grasp of gospel truth that makes our hearts burn through an ever-increasing knowledge of him.

Independent reviews

A warm, pastoral book for 21st century life

Stephen McAlpine, September 1st 2021

[Adam's] approach in each chapter is to take one attribute of God, showcase it to us, and then weave the pastoral implications of that lofty doctrine into our everyday experiences. The result is a warm, pastoral book for 21st century life that reflects the tone of many of the pastoral classics from the Puritans through to Eugene Petersen. And it’s vividly and creatively written.... continue reading

Customer reviews


10/10/2021

“My favorite book this year!”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

I resonated so much with Adam's story in the Introduction, of being tired of the divide between deep thoughts about God and deep experiences with him.

What I wasn't expecting though, was just how much each chapter led me to worship. Rare is the book that paints a picture of God with language that is not only true, but beautiful.

I was especially moved by the chapters on "gentleness" (God is Merciful) and "prophetic advocacy" (God is Just), which exposed some of the blindspots and tribalism in my own thinking.

All in all, each chapter left me with something that our world is in desperate need of: HOPE. So if you're looking for a book that will teach you, refresh you, and give you confidence to face anything...all because you've gained a clearer view of God...this is that book.


04/10/2021

“Stresses how good theology should lead to good living”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

Truth on Fire by Australian pastor, Adam Ramsey, was released this month by The Good Book Co. Ramsey’s goal, based on his own personal spiritual journey, is to help Christians combine right thinking and right feeling: “God intends for us to pursue a Christianity that is radically committed to theological clarity in a way that does not diminish the life of the heart but actually intensifies it.” His method, then, is to explore attributes of God and consider how those attributes are experienced within the human existence in practical, everyday ways. Overall, this was a helpful book providing insights into how good theology should lead to good living. There was only one chapter that I had disagreements with regarding, for instance, the use of a criminal as the epitome of biblical injustice in the world today as well as the suggestion that the term “immigrant” denies the imago Dei. On the flip side, Ramsey references The Princess Bride. •••

He writes, “My hope in these pages is to paint a biblical portrait of what God is actually like, so that we can gaze upon him together until our hearts can’t help but sing. To behold him in such a way that our daily experience is transformed with a deepened awareness of who it is we pray to, who it is that is with us, and who it is that we are loved by. To think about our God more deeply, in order to enjoy him more intensely. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.”


23/09/2021

“Heart-Changing”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

As someone who has always strived to be on fire for the Lord, I immediately knew this would be a great book for me to read. This book was nothing short of what I thought it was going to be. It was full of theology and doctrine but is easily understood. It is very direct, but nothing short of greatness.

Ramsey's voice in this book is very clear and immediately pulls you into his book. From the moment I picked up and started reading this book, I knew that it was going to be a hard book to put down. This is mainly because he used his own testimony and The Sliver Chair to help introduce his book and start the first chapter. Now if you know anything about me, you know this, C. S. Lewis is by far. Now just because C. S. was mentioned in this book, I am not biased. Instead, I loved how Ramsey used this example and many others to clearly orchestrate his point.

Ramsey's point was simply this; "to think about our God more deeply, in order to enjoy him more intensely. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.” Ramsey through the course shows how to re-posture our hearts and ultimately our thoughts on the Lord.

After the year we have had, this is an amazing book to re-posture your heart on the things that truly matter. I ultimately think that this was Ramsey's point along.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My thoughts are not paid for.


18/09/2021

“Profoundly Grateful For This Book”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

The truth in these pages will sharpen your mind and soften your heart. Consider it an invitation for your intellect to learn the lofty realities of who God is, while beckoning your affections to come and rejoice unending in the truths uncovered. We are reminded that the full expression of our worship involves all of our being—both head AND heart, mind AND affections—that our proper experience of God really is to be, Truth, on Fire.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A gift to your discipleship, to be sure, as it has been to mine. Thank you, Adam Ramsey, for writing these brilliant truths so beautifully.


14/09/2021

“A Great Way to Deepen or Refresh Your Knowledge and Love of God”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

In this book, Adam Ramsey writes about the importance of knowing God through both theory and experience, instead of only prioritizing theological knowledge or emotional response. Throughout the book, he writes about different aspects of God's character and the gospel, hoping that readers will develop a deeper love of God through seeing His goodness, power, and glory displayed. "Truth on Fire: Gazing at God Until Your Heart Sings" speaks to both the mind and the heart, and Ramsey writes in an engaging, personable style.

Although everything that this book teaches was already familiar to me, I found it encouraging, and I know that I would have found this very helpful and eye-opening when I was younger and first beginning to deepen my understanding of the Christian faith. I would highly recommend this to new believers, and to those who are beginning to learn more about their faith. This is also a good resource for people who know a lot about God, but who tend to delve into academic materials that emphasize theoretical aspects of faith at the expense of deeper emotion and practical life connections.

Throughout "Truth on Fire," Ramsey speaks to readers in a personal way, sharing occasional stories from his life without overloading the book with too many personal details. He strikes the right balance between offering his personal voice and focusing on God, and the book is very well-written, with lots of insightful turns of phrase and unique ways of expressing familiar concepts. This is a great book for teenagers and adults who want to deepen or refresh their knowledge of God.


11/09/2021

“Fuel for the fire”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

In a rigorous roundup of quality quotes from Christian heroes, Biblical theology and personal experience Ramsey does a fine job in bringing to life the attributes of God in an illustrative and fresh way. A great book to nuture and enlarge the hearts of both the young and old in the faith.


01/09/2021

“Reigniting the reasons why you love God so darn much”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

I knew going in, I would be reading a theology book; the study of God on paper.
A general air to a standard theology book can sometimes be dry, corrective, and filled with arduous concepts… but that was not the tenor between the covers of this book.

Reading through Truth on Fire is like being told the qualities of your betrothed the night before your wedding day. As the person depicts your love’s character, heart, promises, and actions of desire towards you, you are keenly reminded why you said yes to their call of love. You anticipate with revived eagerness to finally sate your joy with the seal of marriage. In Truth on Fire, you read each page like this; wanting to hear more of the deepest desire of your heart.

This book’s main emphasis is the cyclical truth: knowing more rightly about the God of the bible is to fall more passionately in love with God.

Thank you Adam Ramsey for reminding and reforming our thinking to the truest of truths (reality), so that our created hearts find again their created purpose: to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Quotes from book:
“He discovered that to pursue God and to pursue happiness were one in the same.”

“There is coming a day where our gospel will no longer be news announced but a song that we sing and a story that we retell.”


01/09/2021

“Truly made my heart sing”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

My heart is so, so grateful for this book. Adam summarised it best himself by saying: “to think about our God more deeply, in order to enjoy him more intensely. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.” This book helped mine do just that. This isn’t a once off read- I’ll find myself needing my heart to be re-postured toward the goodness of God again and again as I stumble my way through life, reaching for pages in this book to help me do just that. Seeped with scripture and rich with theological truths, and communicated brilliantly. “Imagine if an intelligent faith and a passionate faith were both realities in your discipleship to Jesus” he writes- don’t just imagine, come and see for yourself!


31/08/2021

“Heart stirred, highlighter dry”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

Truth on Fire has left my heart stirred and my highlighter dry.

Having been in both camps - The Thinkers and The Feelers - at different life stages, the Introduction alone spoke to my soul. I couldn't agree with Adam more that "One of the great tragedies of this present generation of Christians has been the divorce between theological and experiential Christianity". The challenge is not to choose between an intelligent faith and a passionate one, but to "pursue a Christianity that is radically committed to theological clarity in a way that does not diminish the life of the heart but actually intensifies it." Oh, the sweetness of this truth!

Chapter One brought a comforting assurance of God's sovereignty; Chapter Three a reminder of strength in humility. Chapter Six explores the goodness of God through times of suffering as He weaves "every dark thread of your life into a beautiful tapestry of redemption". Chapter Seven provoked thought around the relational beauty of the Trinity; as did Chapter Ten on God's justice and the Christian's practical responsibility. I could go on, but you should read it for yourself!

Theologically rich, personally uplifting, and easy-to-digest, I'd highly recommend Adam Ramsey's Truth on Fire!


31/08/2021

“Truly makes your heart sing”

(Review written for 'Truth On Fire')

“…as my mental image of God increased in magnitude, I discovered that so too did my desire for holiness, my gratitude for grace, my delight in worship, and my boldness in mission.” -Adam Ramsey
Truth on fire is a must read regardless of where you are in your walk with Christ. Adam’s wisdom and desire to see a world changed by the love of Jesus is so evident in his book. As you read each chapter you are reminded of, or perhaps shown for the first time, the beautiful attributes of our loving Father in a way that truly makes your heart sing.

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