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An in-depth look at a God who not only loves, but is love.
 
Love has come to mean many things. It’s used to describe emotions. It’s the glue for relationships. It frames countless stories.
 
And the greatest of these stories opens before time began and echoes throughout eternity. It’s the story of God’s unrelenting, overwhelming love for His people. Yet the truth of love is even more majestic, more staggering, and more extraordinary than we can understand: God doesn’t just love us. He is love.
 
Renowned theologian and teacher Dr.R.C. Sproul takes a remarkable look at this most profound truth. God’s Love delves deep into Scripture to explore this dynamic attribute of God, which finds its ultimate expression in His Son. Dr. Sproul also examines seeming paradoxes of God, such as a loving God and divine hate, and how love coexists with His sovereignty. Practical, insightful, and revolutionary, God’s Love compels and calls us to reflect His nature of unconditional love.   

About the Author

Dr. R. C. Sproul is the President of Reformation Bible College and the Founder and Chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international multimedia ministry. Dr. Sproul’s teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R. C. Sproul, which is broadcast in more than 40 countries worldwide. He is the author of more than 70 books, including The Holiness of God. Dr. Sproul and his wife, Vesta, reside near Orlando, FL.

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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Theology
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143470422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434704221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on October 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was originally titled Loved by God, published in 2001. The book provides vignettes of God's love and how it relates to his other attributes.
Sproul notes that if we do not get God's love right, we will fail to have a sound understanding of Him. Scripture tells us, "God is love." All genuine love proceeds from God and is rooted in Him. In people, this love is found only in the regenerated.
Sproul is quick to acknowledge that anything we say about God will be said anthropomorphically. Whatever God's love is, it transcends our best efforts to describe it.
Sproul writes about what it means that God's love is holy. He investigates God's love as seen in the Old Testament and as shown through His Son. He explains the loyal love of God, God's faithful love, God's hatred, and God's unconditional love (not universalism).
He explains the relationship of God's love to His electing grace, as well as God's sovereignty. (He critiques the prescient view.) He discusses the order of salvation, and the Augustinian and semi-Pelagian views of election. He covers the threefold love of God: benevolence, beneficence, complacency.
He lastly discusses agape as is it to be shown by the believer, concentrating on 1 Corinthians 13.

This is pure R. C. Sproul. He writes with theological clarity and conviction. It is also pure Calvinism.
There is lots of theology in this book that some might find a little difficult. Nonetheless, this is a great explanation of God's love and how it relates to election. With Calvinism on the rise, this a good book for a new generation of believers.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pilot on December 5, 2012
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This is quite a remarkable book. It seems that if something goes wrong in our life, if there is a natural disaster, a plane crash, the holocaust, and so on, we have a tendency to blame God. He could have done something to prevent it. Hence, many people lay the blame for disasters at God's feet. This book is firmly behind the opposition to this point of view. It says that God IS love. What kind of sense does that make with so much going wrong. It presents a different point of view, and makes a very good case for believing that God actually IS the very essence of love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2013
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"God's Love" covers a variety of topics and does not just discuss God's love. R. C. Sproul explains that while God is Love he is also holy, sovereign, just and wrathful. R. C. Sproul explains how it is possible to love your enemies without having feelings for them. He also spends a good deal of time discussing predestination. He also explains difficult verses, especially the one where God is said to hate someone. If you like I Corinithians 13 you will enjoy the explanations. Even the story of Jonah gets into this book. Somehow everything is related to love and reading this book is a pleasant experience.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Russell on December 5, 2012
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R C Sproul continues to create great works. This volume is no exception. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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By BattleBornNV on February 10, 2013
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What does love mean to you? What should it mean? I love my family, I love baseball, I love my dogs, I love to go running... but what is love? Does God love me? God not only loves, but IS love. Dr. R.C. Sproul take a deep look into this truth that God is love. Dr. Sproul writes the book "God's Love: How the Infinite God Cares for His Children" and sets out to show biblical references about God's love.

The book covers nine chapters of the different types of love. 1. God is Love. 2. Eternal Love. 3. Loyal Love of God. 4. Loving Kindness of God. 5. Electing Love of God. 6. Love and Hate in God. 7. Threefold Love of God. 8. Agape Love. 9. The Greatest of These...

This is the second book this year I have read from Dr. Sproul and two things come to mind in his writing... 1. you can't steamroll this book and expect to have it done within a week. 2. if you really slow down, you will enjoy this book and learn a lot from an experienced pastor who sets out to show the glory of God in his writings.

I liked this book and would recommend it to my church family. I am planning on lending my copy out, but know that it will be awhile before I get it back. Like I had mentioned, it isn't something that you can expect someone to breeze through these topics.

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Love has come to mean many things. It's used to describe emotions. It's the glue for relationships. It frames countless stories.

And the greatest of these stories opens before time began and echoes throughout eternity. It's the story of God's unrelenting, overwhelming love for His people. Yet the truth of love is even more majestic, more staggering, and more extraordinary than we can understand: God doesn't just love us. He is love.

Renowned theologian and teacher Dr.R.C.
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In a world in which the expression of true love is lacking in so many areas and perverted in others, it is understandable that some unbelievers would struggle to understand the love of God. This is also the case for Christians especially for those who may have grown up with an absent father or who suffered various forms of abuse from the ones who were supposed to love them. Further, there are certain parts of the world in which it is very hard to convey the concept of the love of God to unbelievers simply because the current god(s) they believe in do not love them. This can especially be the case for women.

But God's love should not be a foreign or confusing idea for His children. In fact, it should not be merely an idea at all. It should be an experience that we live everyday as we see the many ways in which God loves His children. This is the focus of R. C. Sproul's new book God's Love: How the Infinite God Cares for His Children by David C. Cook (2012). This book is part of the Classic Theology Series. The thrust of this book is that love is not a theoretical concept to be discussed in relationship to God but rather it is an attribute of God, something He possesses, that He displays to us in various ways. Sproul explains the difficulty in understanding the love of God:

The problem we face is exacerbated when we realize that our interest is not limited to defining love in the abstract but defining it specifically as an attribute of God Himself. If we confess that love is an attribute of God, then our understanding of the nature of God is only as accurate as our understanding of the love we are attributing to Him. (p. 12)

The same of course can be said for any other attribute of God.
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