I am currently reading J.I. Packer's 'Knowing God' and am thoroughly enjoying it. From the very beginning it has revealed itself to be an incredibly solid piece of literature. In a society, especially 'Americanized Christianity', that thrives on all things new, and "relevance", it's refreshing to read a work by someone who is simply pointing back to the scriptures. It's amazing how timeless the truth of the Bible is and how it truly is the living, active. unchanging, authoritative Words of God. I have included an excerpt from the preface of J.I. Packer's book. Keep in mind that this was written in 1973.
From 'Knowing God':
It is often said that theology today is stronger than it has ever been, and in terms of academic expertise and the quantity and quality of books published this is probably true; but it is a long time since theology has been so weak and clumsy at its basic task of holding the church to the realities of the gospel. Ninety years ago C.H. Spurgeon described the wobblings he then saw among the Baptists on Scripture, atonement and human destiny as "the downgrade." Could he survey Protestant thinking about God at the present time, I guess he would speak of "the nosedive"!
May we continually return to the Word of God for life, breath, rest, fulfillment, joy, and the like. He is all we need.