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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Americanized edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837991
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the easiest and best books you will ever read on the subject.
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In the book Packer helpfully unpacks the concepts of divine sovereignty and human responsibility with a particular application toward evangelism.
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I know that you will not be disappointed if you read this and I am able to say that confidently.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Cobb on May 12, 2012
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To have published a single literary work that becomes a classic is a notable accomplishment. Publishing two gives the writer a corner on contemporary Christians' reading lists. James Inverness Packer has accomplished just that. Packer is well-known for his landmark book, Knowing God, which first was published in 1973. This is not a review of that book, but if you have not read it you should. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (first published, 1961) is the other classic Packer has written, and it punches far above its weight (my copy is a 2008 reprint edition--it's only 134 pages) in the world of biblically faithful Christian classics.

The first chapter, Divine Sovereignty, makes the case that all believers adhere to a confidence in God's absolute sovereignty. Packer calls the average Christian's prayer life to the witness stand, and the testimony is irrefutable. If you are inclined to question this last sentence, just read the chapter and form your own opinion: it's only seven pages long.

Next, in Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility, Packer shows that these two poles of activity (divine and human) comprise not a paradox, but an antinomy: the assertion of two statements which seem to be contradictory, but both of which are logically necessary: "An antinomy exists when a pair of principles stand side by side, seemingly irreconcilable, yet both undeniable" [26]. Packer goes on to show, with plenty of examples, that both divine sovereignty and human responsibility are taught in Scripture. His advice regarding how to handle the conflict between the two is wise:
"What should one do, then, with an antinomy? Accept it for what it is, and learn to live with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Simkins on January 8, 2013
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I talked to a fellow in a Reformed college (Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA). I said, 'aren't you reformed guys, the same folks that told William Carey to sit down because God will save the heathen if He wants without your help or mine' The gentleman replied that I have misunderstood the Sovereignty of God and should read Packer's book. I am glad I did. It really explains the purpose and method of evangelism. I think often of his approach. I think I should read this book again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William P. Gabriel on September 8, 2012
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Packer has such a good way of showing all of biblical truth, and he does a good job explaining how things that appear contradictory come together. All the teaching is in the context of evangelism, and for anyone who struggles with their role in evangelism, this gives you great hope and confidence in following Jesus' words. This is the second book on evangelism I would recommend, the first being Dever's The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. But this is the first book I would recommend in trying to grow in understanding God's sovereignty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Preston on January 31, 2013
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I've been struggling to reconcile these two, and now see that there is no need. They are both true and can happily exist side by side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard Wyss on March 16, 2014
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The right topic at the right time. Thanks Pastor Mark Dever for the hint at Pastors Conference at DesiringGod.org at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Schachtner on April 14, 2013
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This book is great in reconciling the two concepts which is difficult to understand for a someone who is not a theologian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Davis on January 15, 2013
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Read it for our home groups. Would recommend, if needed, spending some unrushed time ensuring that, if you use it for a group study, that they understand and embrace what Packer assumes (the wonderful truth of predestination).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shay Thomason on December 20, 2012
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Hands down the best book on a very difficult topic. Easy read, well researched and well written. I would give this book to every Christian I know.
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