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Hand in Hand

The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice
Narrated by: Randy Alcorn
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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.

©2014 eChristian (P)2014 eChristian

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  • Dan
  • 12-02-2018

Best reconciliation of the subject ever heard

He presents the extreme views as they should be presented and calls us to understand the scripture for what it says with out allowing bias to overcome truth.

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  • Malachi
  • 20-08-2019

Greatly enjoyed and benefitted from his other works

Let me start by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed every single other randy alcorn book that I have ever read— and I have read a lot of them— but this one just didn’t do it for me. I come from a Calvinistic perspective, and I expected to find the typical let’s-meet-part-way presentation, however, Mr. Alcorn takes a rather different course.
The overall message of the book is, “respect your brothers and sisters in the Lord, even when you disagree with them on these touchy doctrinal points.” The author states that as a young Christian he attended an Arminian church, and thus embraced Arminianism whole-heartedly. Later, however, he was exposed to the Calvinistic side of the debate, and he became a 4-point calvinist. From there, he talks about typical Calvinist/Arminian stereotypes and misrepresentations that both sides seem to portray of the other. He then dedicates some chapters to a discussion of a man’s free-will and God’s sovereignty. He goes through many of the popular schools of thought, praising some, criticizing others, but never really laying his foot down on what view was the Scriptural one. I was very disappointed that he was so hard on certain view points, but barely had anything critical to say about Molinism, which is a very dangerous theological perspective which espouses that because God cannot violate human free-will, He created the best possible world that he could, given the actions that human beings would take in any given universe. This view essentially says that God is limited by His creation, and that God is basically “stuck with the cards He was dealt.” The issue with this view point is that it exalts the free-will of man to such an extent that for God to “violate” it would be sinful. I was glad that he vehemently opposed open theism, as that is a very serious heresy.
Throughout the course of the book, I felt like he was going back and forth, never really settling in on one position. If Mr. Alcorn didn’t repeatedly say he was a 4-point Calvinist I don’t think I would have been able to determine what position he held to. Just when he would make an affirmation of God’s sovereignty, he felt that he had to re-affirm the free will of man. Just when he affirmed the free will of man he had to go back to affirming that God is sovereign and can work human wills to his own ends (without really explaining how). I guess my frustration was that he never took a solid point of view, and always seemed to go back and forth. If you are a 5-point Calvinist or Arminian you probably won’t enjoy the doctrinal discussions too much. I would highly recommend reading his novels (deadline, deception, safely home, etc.) instead, as they are much more in his wheelhouse.

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  • Reuben E. Hege
  • 10-07-2019

Scriptural Human Choice

A good look at various persuasions of thought behind human choice. How dogmatic am I?

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  • Dustin Colbey
  • 25-04-2019

read this book

Randy Alcorn is insightful, respectful, and biblically based in his approach to the topic of Calvinism and Arminianism view points. Both sides would be enriched if they are accepting and open minded.

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  • Linda
  • 19-05-2018

Really helpful explanations; nuanced & respectful

This is the third book of Alcorn's that I have read. I especially like that he is the reader, for I can hear his heart in the intonation. There is a genuineness about Randy--he is kind, thoughtful, and so respectful. His messages are rooted in scripture, but never preachy or heavy-handed. This book really helped me to understand the differences between Arminian and Calvinist viewpoints. Yet more importantly--and this is the thoughtful, even-handedness of the book and Alcorn's unique ability to analyze and present information--this book shows the commonalities. The Arminian believes in pre-venient grace, and the Calvinist doesn't say "well, God chose, so I can just stay home and don't need to spend time witnessing for Christ."

I loved the nuance of this book--its depth and thoughtfulness. Really appreciate Randy Alcorn. His approach, while rooted in scripture, has a healthy openness that is not dogmatic. When we as Christians can have conversations of this nature, labels fall away, and the heart and mind of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit fall on us to convey deeper truths.

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  • Lee
  • 17-08-2017

Escellent for the SERIOUS Bible Student

If you could sum up Hand in Hand in three words, what would they be?

An EXCELLENT comparative discussion

What did you like best about this story?

Research, simplicity, balanced

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The unabashed frankness and delivery

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For the student of the Bible, this primer on Calvinism and Armenianism is an ESSENTIAL READ. The author is open, forthright and honest in presenting these SEEMINGLY mutually exclusive perspectives of God's sovereignty and man's free will. Bring an open mind and you will not be disappointed!

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  • Marta
  • 05-08-2017

Wonderful presentation!

Loved it. Balanced, fair, easy to follow, yet profound and precise. Narration by the author is well done. Will listen again.

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  • Jim
  • 09-04-2016

Great information

Ready does a great job in breaking down and teaching a difficult subject. This is some really heavy material that is not too easy to consume but is very well presented. Definitely worth the investment!