hand in Hand, by Randy Alcorn

The beauty of God’s sovereignty and meaningful human choice is the subtitle and theme of the latest book by Randy Alcorn, one of my favorite authors because of his remarkably detailed study and application of Scripture in the discussion of difficult theological issues. He describes varying doctrinal perspectives with great clarity and focus, revealing his own positions without condemning the views of others. He systematically works through what the Bible says about this topic, devoting chapter after chapter to different sides of the debate. He presents a voluminous number of verses that lend support to differing doctrinal stances and pulls it all together to show how an apparent paradox is actually the whole truth of God’s word. Some interesting points of the book include why the term “meaningful choice” is more accurate than “free will,” the confusing and convoluted Calvinism to Arminianism continuum, and the dismantling of the “open theism” position that falsely diminishes God’s sovereignty by attempting to account for human freedom. The title hand in Hand illustrates that God reigns supreme over the choices of people in the amazing interplay between them in this world. The author became a bit too detailed for me in attempting to assimilate this subject from all of the angles presented, and it seemed like I was rereading some of the same information in each chapter. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone desiring a fuller understanding of a controversial question that must in the end be answered according to what the Bible communicates:  appreciation for the authoritative rule of God, who purposefully designed us with the ability to make real choices.

9781601426260Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest appraisal.

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