Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice  -     By: Randy Alcorn
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Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice

Multnomah Books / 2014 / Paperback

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Is it possible to reconcile God's omnipotence with free will? Alcorn says yes! Addressing libertarianism, open theism, and other views, he offers easy-to-understand answers to difficult questions that believers and skeptics ask. Discover how human will and divine sovereignty work together, why the world's structure is necessary for meaningful choice, and more. 240 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601426267
ISBN-13: 9781601426260
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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.

Author Bio

Randy Alcorn is a leading Christian apologist and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. He is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including If God Is Good, Heaven, and The Treasure Principle. His novels include Edge of Eternity, Deadline, and the award-winning Safely Home. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon. They have two married daughters, Karina and Angela, and five grandsons.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good exploration of Calvinism and Arminianism
    January 13, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The reconciliation of God's sovereignty and man's choice is a difficult subject and is probably impossible to understand. So why study it? Alcorn argues that, even though we can never fully understand it, we can better understand it. And, he writes, in the case of God's sovereignty and human choice, while it's not imperative that I understand everything, it is important that I believe in both. (2)

    This book is essentially an investigation of Calvinism and Arminianism. He explains the views of both and shows the dangers of the extremes. He explores the continuum, with chapters on Hyper-Calvinism, Compatibalism, Molinism, Libertarianism, and Open-Theism. He looks at Scripture and what theologians have written over the centuries.

    Alcorn describes himself as mostly Calvinist who was once mostly Arminian. I think he writes well on both viewpoints with balanced comments.

    I appreciate Alcorn reminding us that God exists outside of the four dimensions by which we are bound. What might seem impossible to us because of our restricted frame of existence is entirely possible with God. (171) Our reconciliation of God's sovereignty and man's choice may be problematic only because we are finite, as is our reasoning. He includes a good section on painful and tragic events in our lives and their use by God.

    He encourages us to keep at it. Verses that were once troubling are now a comfort to him. He also encourages us to base our opinions on Scripture and original writings of theologians, not on what we've been told each view believes. He reminds us that no theological system is perfect. He wants us to ultimately recognize the mystery and beauty of man and God working hand in Hand.

    Alcorn encourages Christians to think deeply on this issue. There is a discussion guide included so the book would be a good one for a class or small group.

    Food for thought:

    True humility and wisdom consist of recognizing how little we really know. (3)

    Our state of mind determines whether the doctrine of God's sovereignty comforts or threatens us. (47)
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Magnum Opus
    December 28, 2014
    RockinRonnie
    hand in Hand is a masterpiece. Most of the great ideas in Scripture can't be truly examined with a simple word search. Alcorn does some deep sea diving into the depths of God's Word to bring up answers explaining how tiny, weak humans and an immense Creator relate to each other. He does this with elegant clarity along with great care for the differing perspectives within the body of Christ. If you think you have a pretty good handle on all there is to know about God's sovereignty and human choice break open this book and learn more than a few new things about the greatness of our mighty King.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty
    December 17, 2014
    Jeff
    This is a great book that thoughtfully weighs God's sovereign will with man's free will. It helped me as a reader consider both subjects in a straight forward way. Having known personal tragedy in spite of many prayers, these issues have been quite heavy on my heart and the hearts of others suffering similar suffering. I highly recommend it.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    "hand in hand' is an appropriate title for a tome so well balanced as per Randy's quote of Lev 20:7-8 on page 100.
    December 8, 2014
    JT
    I really enjoyed "Hand In Hand". Many great illustrations and anecdotes, and the book is sprinkled with quotations from the greats throughout history. This is no "softball" approach to a difficult question. There is much theological insight for the new Christian as well as the old, and Randy examines the questions fairly. Strong but not doctrinaire.

    John T. Tolbert, J.D., D.Min
  5. Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid Overview on an Ancient Issue
    November 11, 2014
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Randy Alcorn tackles the ancient issue of Gods sovereignty and human responsibility in a practical way without watering down the theological views. His disclaimer at the beginning of the book is that he used to believe more on the Arminian side but is now more on the Calvinistic side. With this in view, he attempts to build the case that Gods sovereignty and human free will can go hand in Hand. Alcorn is thorough in his research and clear in his communication. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about how to reconcile the two doctrines while being faithful to Scripture.

    On a personal note, my perspective is much like Alcorns profession of being a four point Calvinist and one point Arminian. I would say that I err in the side of Calvinism, mainly out of Holy Spirit conviction, but I cannot deny free will choice as taught in the Bible. Ultimately, Alcorn does well in stating each side as well as he is able with his bias toward Calvinism, but qualifies his statement by challenging the reader to not let a system of theological thought guide our interpretation of Scripture. Instead, we should seek to understand as much as we can and humbly accept that we may not have the whole picture. The important point that can easily be missed is that, whichever view is upheld, may it be a springboard for you to pursue God and His will without letting such an issue prevent you from carrying out His commands.

    I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review as part of a blogging for books program.
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