Taking God at His Word – A Review

Kevin DeYoung. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 144 pp. $13.31.




            Kevin DeYoung has done the church a fine service by writing a brand new book that challenges and helps Christians to truly love, trust, and understand the Bible. In Taking God at His word, DeYoung opens the doctrine of the Scripture in order to help us see what a great and reliable treasure the Bible is.


            This book is short, easy-to-read, and full of truth. DeYoung helps readers to understand what it means that the Bible is really inspired by God. He shows us that the bible is truly sufficient for our lives. He helps us to see that the Bible is clear enough that any believer can look into it to find out what God expects of him or her.


            More than simply spelling out the systematic theology of the Scripture, DeYoung’s book aims to help believers actually love and appreciate the Bible. DeYoung both begins and ends the book with chapters devoted to showing us the love for the Scripture that is evident in the words of the authors of Scripture and how the Scripture truly changes our lives.


            As a pastor, I would wholeheartedly recommend Taking God at His word for just about anyone. Believers looking for a brief study on the Bible itself would benefit from this work. Christians with questions about the doctrine of Scripture would certainly be helped by reading it. Individuals who have questions about how we should think about the Bible—how seriously should we take it—would definitely find some wonderful points to help them on their way. Younger Christians could be encouraged and inspired by this book to truly dive into God’s word.


            I received a free audio copy of this book as part of the reviewers program at ChristianAudio.com. The quality of the recording is excellent, as always from ChristianAudio. Lee DeYoung is the reader of the book, and is not my favorite narrator that I have heard from this company. Early on in the narration, he appears to over-inflect. However, as I listened further, I found that the narration became much smoother. I would definitely still recommend this audio work to anyone who likes to listen to books.