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Andrew Weaver5 Stars Out Of 5June 4, 2002Andrew WeaverDr. Layton Talbert has given us a treasure. Not By Chance feeds the soul with a deep and penetrating look at how God relates to this universe -- and to each of us. This book should be read slowly and thoughtfully. Every chapter is stocked with delicious, soul-nourishing morsels. Dr. Talbert shows great respect for the text of Holy Scripture. His scholarship is solid, not arrogant. (It's refreshing to find an author who doesn't force anti-supernatural presuppositions down our throats.) I picture the author sitting at his desk with an open Bible. I see him prayerfully reflecting on hundreds of biblical texts -- trying to understand what God intended rather than reading his own ideas into the text. As a result, an aroma of honesty, humility, and delight fills Dr. Talbert's work. Not By Chance is theology at its best -- Scriptural, practical, and life-changing.
Located in: Travelers Rest, SC
Submitted: February 01, 2002
Tell us a little about yourself. Father of five children, ages 1-16, whom we homeschool. We also care for my mother (age 80), who has Alzheimer's Disease and has lived with us at home for the past 8 years. I am on the Seminary faculty at Bob Jones University where I teach a variety of graduate courses in theology and exposition.
What was your motivation behind this project? My motivation for the book is to provide a readable, practical, biblical-theological study of the providence of God that addresses questions with which we all wrestle and offers an expressly biblical framework for answering those questions.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The principle aim of the book is to confront the reader with the words of God regarding the reality of providence (a profoundly personal and pertinent topic that saturates the Scriptures). My hope is that we will, by careful consideration of the express statements of Scripture, learn to adjust our thinking to God's thinking and grow in our capacity to trust our sovereign and good God in all the practical (and sometimes impractical) circumstances of daily life.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Apart from my central focus on unfolding a wide variety of pertinent Scriptures, one of my guiding purposes has been to collect and introduce to readers corroborative and thought- provoking material that many are not likely to encounter otherwise, especially in the context of God's providence--including poets such as George Herbert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Archibald Rutledge, writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, missionaries such as Rosalind Goforth, John Paton and Olive Fleming Liefeld, history- makers such as Martin Luther and Henry VIII, moderns such as John Blanchard, John Piper and Jerry Bridges, preachers such as Charles Spurgeon and Charles Simeon, explorer William Bartram, and literary works such as Robinson Crusoe, Hamlet and Henry V.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: If you have ever wondered who, really, is in charge--especially when things don't happen the way it seems they should if an all-powerful and always good God is in control; if you want to know what the Bible teaches about what providence is and how it works and what it includes; if you have puzzled over the paradox of divine determination and human responsibility when it comes to salvation; if you have wrestled with why you should pray if God is already in control of everything; and if you are interested in taking a biblical journey from the life of Joseph to the hardening of Pharaoh's heart, through the stunning variety of providential means that God uses in the Books of Kings and on through a surprising study of Esther, pausing for Job's perspective on how sin and Satan fit into the equation of God's providence, contemplating the evident providences of God in the life and death of Jesus Christ, and tracing the ongoing providential activity of God in the church from Acts right up to the present, then you will be interested in this book.