Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hand in Hand by Randy Alcorn

About the Book:

If God is sovereign, how can I be free to choose?But if God is not sovereign, how can he be God?
Is it possible to reconcile God’s sovereignty with human choice? This is one of the most perplexing theological questions. It’s also one of the most personal.

In hand in Hand, Randy Alcorn says that the traditional approach to this debate has often diminished our trust in God and his purposes. Instead of making a one-sided argument from select verses, Alcorn examines the question in light of all Scripture. By exploring what the whole Bible says about divine sovereignty and human choice, hand in Hand helps us…

· Carefully and honestly examine the different views on this issue
· Gain a deeper understanding of God
· Appreciate God’s design in providing us the freedom of meaningful choice
· See the value in better understanding what we cannot fully understand
· Learn how to communicate about the issue in clear and compassionate ways
· More fully experience the unity Christ intends for his Church

A careful guide through Scripture, hand in Hand shows us why God’s sovereignty and meaningful human choice work together in a beautiful way.

Includes small-group discussion questions.

My Thoughts:

My husband and I have read pretty much every book Randy Alcorn has written.  Randy always includes ample Scripture when he writes, and if God's Word doesn't back up his point, he changes his point to fit God's Word.

"Hand in Hand" is a carefully written book about the Calvinist school of interpretation and the Armenian school of interpretation.  My husband has been pastoring a Southern Baptist church for nearly eleven years, and we've had this discussion with many believers.  Until I read Randy's book I never clearly understood what the discussion was truly about.

Randy can write about this debate/issue with reliable authority.  For the first ten years of his walk with Jesus he was in the Armenian camp.  But after much study of Scripture, he now believes more like a Calvinist.

He clearly explains both systems of belief, using easy to read side by side comparison charts, a brief explanation of the history of the systems of belief, and some things he found odd on both sides of the proverbial fence.

His writing is easy to read, but this book is also a bit heavy.  The topic isn't necessarily difficult, but the understanding required takes you deep into the theology and Scripture.  Ultimately Randy does a masterful job making a two sided argument go hand in hand.

After reading "Hand in Hand", I truly believe you can be a member of both camps...a Calvinian.  Or an Armevin.  Whichever way you say it, this is one of Randy Alcorn's most important books to date.  My thanks to my friends at Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

My opinion?  This book is so good my husband bought himself a copy so he can "mark it up"!  Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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