A Mind for God, By James Emery White
A Mind for God
  • Length: 127 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 × 7 in
  • Published: July 08, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3663
  • ISBN: 9780830836635

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To be fully human is to think.

The apostle Paul calls us to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:5). But James Emery White fears that Western Christians are failing in this task. Because we have not developed good intellectual habits, our minds instead have been captured by our culture.

A Mind for God is written to help us break free from this cultural captivity through the spiritual and intellectual disciplines of reading, study and reflection. This inspirational and practical "rule for the mind" encourages and enables us to develop our minds for God.

Includes book lists and resources so you can "grow your brain."

"God wants us to have the mind of Christ. But what is that mind and how do we get it? James Emery White answers these questions in some of the most lucid prose being written today. A pleasure to read! A joy to take his advice!"

James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and Learning to Pray Through the Psalms

"The president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary does what he can in this slim volume to help Christians stand against the distracting and sometimes destructive culture by developing a habit of study and devotion."

Bill Tammeus, Faith Matters Weblog, January 5, 2008

"White's book is a welcome, though challenging reminder that we can't let our faith stop at emotion. . . . A Mind for God demonstrates that the Christian faith is an intellectual faith as well as an experiential one, and the integration of the two signifies a mature believer."

Simon Charles, ChristianWeek, March 1, 2007, 20/24


Introduction: A Mind for God
1. The Christian Mind
2. The Cultural Mind
3. The Library as Armory
4. The Lost Tools of Learning
5. Sacred Thinking
6. A Rule for the Mind
7.Thinking Out Loud
Appendix 1: Three Book Lists
Appendix 2: Resources for Learning


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James Emery White

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he previously served as the school's fourth president. Dr. White holds MDiv and PhD degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England. He currently serves on the Board of Reference at Union University, and as the adjunct professor of Christian theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary/Charlotte. An international speaker and consultant, White is the author of over a dozen books, including such Gold Medallion nominees as Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, Christianity Today Book of the Year award-winner Wrestling with God, as well as The Prayer God Longs For and A Mind for God. White also served as the consulting editor as well as contributing author to The Holman Bible Handbook and The Holman Concise Bible Commentary.