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Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election Paperback – January 25, 2007
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"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, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
"Sam Storms's Chosen for Life is well-conceived, well-reasoned, and well-written, with its arguments anchored in the Scriptures. It is fair, thorough, and up-to-date regarding the controversies that swirl around this vital biblical doctrine."
—Mark Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College
"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, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
"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, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"I am delighted that a revised and expanded edition of Sam Storms's book Chosen for Life is now available. When students have asked me for a concise, clear, pastoral, and practical explanation of election, I have said that Chosen for Life is my top choice."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"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, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
About the Author
Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is currently the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and blogs regularly at SamStorms.com.
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Sadly, I was part of a church for two years that preached a "semi-Arminian" (you can 'throw away' your salvation) view, which really in a nutshell is still Arminianism (you can lose your salvation). This book was instrumental in helping me to slowly recover from the fear and dejection I felt after suffering under Arminian preaching. I'm so glad that Christ really does "choose us for life," and that He is indeed the Good Shepherd that will hunt us down (sometimes referred to as the "Hound of Heaven") until he finds us again. Sam Storms does an amazing job clarifying Scriptures that support the concept of Election (thank God there are so many!), encouraging us in our Eternal Security, while at the same time helping us to understand some of the more difficult passages that Arminianists use to support their stance.
Overall, after reading this book I believe you will feel much more confident in your faith, and hopefully somewhat relieved that your faith is in His hands, not your own. With this knowledge, you can learn to serve Christ out of love and admiration, instead of out of fear...for Christ himself said, "Don't be afraid, only believe."
In addition, various existing views on the sequence of the decrees of God from the beginning to the end are also presented briefly but adequately to get a grasp on their essence. Here I see the danger that Calvinists need to be aware of not to drift into the extreme of hyper-Calvinism whose ugly head shows itself mainly in two forms; the exclusion of human responsibility and the doctrine of active reprobation, the latter seems to be implied in the Supra-lapsarian view. Two other books come to mind as I read "Chosen for Life"; RC Sproul's "Chosen by God" and John Pipers "The Justification of God"; the former is introductory, and the latter is advanced one, suitable for heavy-weight theological debate and only for those who have at least first year Greek and Hebrew. Desiring God also has this seminar material called "What We Believe about Five Points of Calvinism" accessible for free from their website. I recommend all of them because the doctrines of grace are worth defending.