Truth On Fire

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 Unrivalled: 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

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Author Adam Ramsey, Ray Ortlund
ISBN 9781784986483
Format Paperback
First published September 2021
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 10mm
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

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.

Sam Chan

City Bible Forum, Australia; Author, Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Adam Ramsey’s Truth On Fire hits us with both barrels. I walked away knowing the wonderful truths about God, like a seasoned theologian, and once again experiencing my first love for this God, like a giddy teenager.

Rory Shiner

Senior Pastor, Providence City Church, Perth; Author, Raised Forever

In Truth on Fire, Ramsey puts the great truths about God in the driving seat. But each chapter seeks to move us beyond cognitive comprehension to heartfelt experience. Like wine expertly paired to the courses of a meal, Ramsey writes to lead us to feel the beauty of God’s love, know the assurance of his sovereignty, hold onto the trust that flows from his goodness, and enter into the self-searching honesty which is the proper response to his holiness. This is a great book! Reading it will do your head—and your heart—a world of good.

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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

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15/09/2021

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

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

“…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.


31/08/2021

“encouraging”

I had never heard of Adam Ramsey before this book but the back cover description was intriguing. I have heard it argued before that emotions are not to be followed and thoughts can be twisted from truth so the Bible is all we can rely on. Although the Bible is our ultimate authority, God also gave all of us emotions and thoughts. He did not do so just for fun but for a purposeful reason. Ramey addresses that through this book.

We can often be misled by our emotions or by our thoughts as our nature is sinful. But Ramsey argues we have been given emotions and thoughts to be able to experience our God on a greater level.

He structures the book with twelve chapters, each addressing a characteristic of God and how that plays a part in us experiencing him to the fullest. Chapters include some of the following:

- God is Other: The Experience of Wonder

- God is All-Holy and All-Knowing: The Experience of Honesty

- God is Merciful: The Experience of Gentleness

- God is Victorious: The Experience of Hope

Each chapter begins with a quote that summarizes the concept of that chapter. Then each chapter concludes with a Reflecting and Applying section that asks a series of questions to force the reader to dig deeper into what was just read.

I was impressed with how Ramsey's writing style and ease of explaining biblical truths. Anyone who struggles with experiencing God to the fullest, in every capacity possible, should read this book. He is honest with his own God experiences, or lack thereof. He walks through is journey of discovering how to fully know God through his emotions and his thoughts which is enlightening and encouraging.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Co. in exchange for an honest review.


29/08/2021

“Life changing”

Ps Adam our wonderful Pastor has written this breathtaking powerful book that speaks of the Glory of God and into finding the balance of head and heart. Right thinking about God and really finding out our purpose in this world. The more we fix our eyes on Jesus and hear the Gospel on repeat is the more we see our heart sing the song of heaven. As we gaze upon him we reflect the Glory of the One we worship. This book is something that the whole body of Christ must read! Spirit and Word combined means a revival in spirit, heart and mind! I love the chapter on the experience of patience.


27/08/2021

“Sure to Cheer Your Heart”

I'm sure we can all echo Ramsey when he says 'I want the truth that I believe to be on fire in my life'. You won't find a pretentious or watered down gospel among the pages of Truth on Fire. You can look forward to scripture's truths unmasked, where theology and emotion are tied together rightly. Prepare for your faith to feel rich and your heart to be warmed.


25/08/2021

“A life changing book that transforms and ignites our hearts for more of God.”

I loved Adam’s book. It was full of gospel truth which freed me from wrong thinking that I had being raised in and ignited my heart for good theology alongside divine experiences. We need to be both Thinkers and Feelers. Worshipping in Spirit and in truth. I thoroughly recommend reading this book.

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