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With nearly 200,000 copies sold in its 25 years, Chosen by God by Dr. R. C. Sproul is a contemporary classic on predestination, a doctrine that isn't just for Calvinists, says Sproul. It is a doctrine for all biblical Christians. In this updated and expanded edition of Chosen by God, Sproul shows that the doctrine of predestination doesn't create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God but paints a portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. We choose God because he has opened our eyes to see his beauty; we love him because he first loved us. There is mystery in God's ways but not contradiction.

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  • Lisa
  • 14-08-2018

Excellent explanation!

Sproul takes a very misunderstood subject and treats both sides with civility and clarity. Highly recommended!

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  • Jamie
  • 12-01-2018

Soli Dea Gloria

Solid biblical case for the doctrines of grace given by the greatest theologian of our time.

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  • Roma
  • 06-12-2017

Great!

Very informative. Narrator's voice fit the subject matter well; he did a great job. Not a novel, so no story line.

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  • Kennon Elliott Wallis
  • 20-10-2019

Best Simple Overview On Election

This favorite of Dr. Sproul has become a classic due to the clear and concise manner in which he presents the reformed biblical doctrine of election. It is a great place to start if you’re curious about predestination, or if you want to understand the basics of sovereign grace. Salvation belongs to God alone.

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  • Merle W. Gilley
  • 13-10-2020

Amazing

What an amazing gift God gave R.C. Sproul. The gift of Knowledge, and Wisdom, and the skills to communicate his thoughts so eloquently. I will listen to this book often.

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  • Austin Smith
  • 07-10-2020

Intriguing and Encouraging

In this easy-to-read book, you will find the answers to many questions and objections to the doctrine of predestination. As always, Sproul delivers in a thoughtful, but challenging way. It is intriguing as much as it is encouraging. Both intellects and inquirers alike will get much out of these pages. But more than all that, he presents this topic in a way that honors God and His Word. Enjoy!

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  • Kevin Brownell
  • 05-10-2020

Great read filled with insight

Sproul’s purpose for writing Chosen By God was to engage his readers in the discussion of predestination. Sproul writes, “ We discuss it because we cannot avoid it. It is a doctrine plainly set forth in the Bible. We Talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept.”(2) Chosen By God defines the reformed view of predestination and deal with the arguments for and against it. Along with the reformed view, Sproul clarifies why competing views on predestination like Arminianism, non-reformed, and Catholicism do not stand up to Biblical review. He also covers the slight differences between the Reformed view and Calvinism. Sproul feels that “It is our duty to seek the correct view of predestination, lest we be guilty of distorting or ignoring the Word of God.” (3) Sproul does a masterful job developing the book’s flow and the specific subject matter that he covers, giving a reader a broad and deep understanding of predestination. No matter what stance a reader has on predestination, Sproul provides much great information to challenge or confirm that stance. He does a great job of going through the key Scriptures that deal with each chapter’s topic. Additionally, Sproul provides a substantial recommendation for additional Scriptures for further study. Sproul makes it clear that every chapter of this book deserves the treatment of a sperate book on its own. Indeed, several writers have produced books on these subjects. However, this is not to say that Sproul’s treatment is not sufficient; it is much more than just a review of predestination. Sproul has a clear and compelling writing style that allows the reader to understand where he is going with the subject matter. His style is engaging, enjoyable, and not overly didactic, and easy to read. It is evident that he has mastered the subject at hand and does a great job of breaking it down for the reader. While reading the book, Sproul continually takes us to the Scriptures to enlighten and highlight what God has to say about the subject. His use of the Bible as his single-source shows one of his biggest strengths: to be faithful to the text. It shows that he understands that this is a biblical issue and not just a denomination issue. There are many different views on predestination because people try and avoid the subject or fail to go back to the text to develop the correct understanding of the issue. Sproul is a reformer bent toward Calvinism, but we see him just using the text to develop his arguments and support for the reformed view on predestination. Sproul’s use of the text gives the reader the ability to see his approach and determine if they agree with his interpretation or not. The only weakness in the book, and it is one that Sproul himself points out, is the lack of a more in-depth treatment of the question, “Did Jesus die for everyone?” This specific question is the central sticking point for many Christians, even reformed Christians. When most Christians look at the totality of the story of the Bible, some find it hard to resolve the concept that God has limited his atonement. There is even a branch of Calvinist that calls themselves four-point Calvinist because of limited atonement. When reading this book, it is hard to say if the reviewer has any specific disagreements with the author. The subject is intense and filled with some mysteries that will not be answered on this side of heaven. Additional research and reading on this specific subject are required to develop a full and rounded understanding of all the issues involved in developing a complete and steadfast stance on the finer points. One point that Sproul pointed out that is new to the reviewer is the discussion on how God views good deeds compared to why we do good deeds. Sproul points out that God does not just look at the outward appearance of the good deed. God reads the heart and can know if the deed comes from our genuine love of God or self-interest. The point is that at times we need to look at our motives to perform good deeds. There are times when they may be motivated by the possibility of winning men’s applause for our good deeds. Sproul says that no matter how minuscule, there is at least a grain of self-interest mixed in with our good deeds. If we deny that, our very denials maybe be motivated in part by self-interest (84).

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  • Orlanzo Ricardo Telfer
  • 16-10-2019

went through it over 4 times

loved it.. it's an essential read for anyone interested in the doctrine of election.. I can recommend.. I was kept interested even after multiple play throughs.

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  • Bob
  • 30-08-2019

A heading is optional

No complaints but of course R.C.'s narration is always best. Can't be too picky though.

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  • D. Vee
  • 03-03-2018

Chosen by God

this is an excellent book written by an excellent teacher, Dr RC Sproul. Highly recommend reading this if you are at all interested in this topic.

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  • MISS M A MOORE
  • 29-03-2020

Very insightful book.

It's a really deep book and it may require listening to at least twice. 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-2019

Clear and Understandable

R.C Sproul has a wonderful and clear way of communicating the biblical teachings that are summarised in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. though it may be somewhat infamous T.U.L.I.P is but a part of reformed teaching and R.C uses it as the spine of this book to clearly depict the reality of God's ability to choose and what that means for believers and unbelievers. A great book for those wondering about predestination and reformed teaching.

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