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.
Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by author Randy Alcorn would more accurately be titled Calvinism vs. Arminianism: How to Relate to the Other Side. I felt that the title was misleading and therefore I may not have enjoyed the title as much as someone who was looking to brush up on the explanations and comparisons between these two doctrines. Prior to listening to this audiobook I knew what I believed, but lacked the proper labels to assign to my theology. Mr. Alcorn cured me of this ignorance by explaining the views of each through illustrations, allegories, and quotations of influential Christians on both sides of the debate.
I commend the approach that Mr. Alcorn took in writing this book. Both sides of the debate are presented in a fair and balanced way. This was due in part to Alcorn’s Arminian church roots, and his later adoption of more Calvinistic views. He encourages his audience to begin conversations with people of opposing views by first defining terms. Terms that he devotes a great deal of ink to explain – compatibilism, determinism, libertarianism, free will, meaningful choice, and the like. I believe his gentle approach endorses open communication and unity within the body of believers.
The information was relayed in a well organized fashion. However, As a visual learner I would have benefited from a chart or diagram (which may be present in the text format of this title). Listening to Randy Alcorn’s narration tended to be information overload at times – like trying to get a sip of water from a fire hose. To his credit- his voice, inflection, and reading tempo were pleasing. The material covered in this work would make for lively discussions, either one on one, or in a group setting.
**I received this book for free as a member of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
About the Author:
Before starting Eternal Perspective Ministries in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He holds degrees in theology and biblical studies and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over thirty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.
Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.