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"Chosen for Life"

February 24, 2007

Sam Storms is releasing his new book Chosen for Life, Feb 28, 2007.
Here is the publisher’s description:
Divine election is certainly one of the more profound—and controversial—doctrines in the Bible. Does God elect people because they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or does God elect people in order that they will believe in Christ? Much of the disagreement and controversy concerning this doctrine proceeds from a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means.

This is why Storms begins his analysis of divine election with an attempt to clarify precisely what is at stake and, at the same time, correct misrepresentations of it. He takes a thorough look at the doctrine as it is presented in Romans 9 as well as the rest of the New Testament. He also explores freedom of will and the order of salvation. Appendixes address “Three Problem Passages” and “Who Can and Cannot Pray for God to Save the Lost?”

Storms has also written an essay in the previously released Still Sovereign, edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware, entitled Prayer and Evangelism Under God’s Sovereignty, which I personally thought was helpful in articulating the seeming paradox between the three.

Here are what others have said about Chosen for Life:

“I can’t know and love and serve God if I don’t know truth about God. This book describes God the way he really is.” John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

“This new edition of Chosen for Life has everything one could want on the topic of election. Those who agree will be heartily encouraged; those who disagree will be respectfully challenged; the hearts of all will marvel at the glorious grace of God in the gospel.” C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“Storms’s offensive against Arminian-type views of election among evangelicals is a very solid piece of work. The thoroughness of its arguments gives it conclusive force.” J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“This extraordinarily clear and courteous book makes its case without stooping to caricature or invective. It is a fine model of exactly how theological disagreements should be resolved: with respectful listening, careful distinctions, historical awareness, deep reverence for Scripture, and patient exegesis.” D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I personally look forward to its release. I think Storm writes clearly, pastorally, and theologically sound in order that his audience is wide and deep.

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