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The Sovereignty of God

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Handles a doctrine little understood and heard of infrequently in these days of humanism. This book gives God his proper place of supremacy and is a classic on the subject.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Baker Books (first published November 30th 1917)
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Jan 03, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
"The doctrine of God's Sovereignty lies at the very foundation of Christian theology. It is the centre of gravity in the system of Christian truth- the sun around which all the lesser orbs are grouped. It is the chord upon which all other doctrines are strung like so many pearls, holding them in place and giving them unity. It is the plumbline by which every creed needs to be measured and the balance in which every human dogma must be weighed. It produces gratitude in prosperity and patience in ...more
Jeff Short
Jan 17, 2011 Jeff Short rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctrine
This book caused quite a controversy when it was first published and I suppose it still does. This book is a treasure to me as it opened a new view of God and His Word. It deals with one of the most vital aspects of the Godhood of God--sovereignty. Is God sovereign, is really asking, is He God? What does it mean for God to be God? Who is really in control? Who has supreme authority and power?

I highly recommend it. Read along with your Bible and watch how the sovereign supremacy is seen througho
Robert Fonseca
Feb 12, 2011 Robert Fonseca rated it liked it
A lot of doctrine to swallow, some easier than others. Let me start with the one that went down easy. Pink's chapter on prayer was by far the most enlightening for me. In this chapter the familiar became life changing. His explanation that we pray because we rely on God, not because we want God to change things, was an eye opener. It was one of things that you know intellectually, but it hasn't taken root in your heart and become real. Well know it has. I approach prayer in a whole different man ...more
Andrew Howard
Jan 13, 2014 Andrew Howard rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
An absolute must read! Pink articulates then relates the Biblical truths of God's absolute Sovereignty so very well and clear! With all assertions that Pink makes, he backs them up with many proofs from the pages of scripture and, only when absolutely necessary, he quotes an uninspired author for their comment on a particular point or a verse, but he always goes to the Bible first before looking to outside resources.

[God's absolute sovereignty] is the plumbline by which we measure all other doc
Kevin Sorensen
Nov 20, 2013 Kevin Sorensen rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what it means to say, 'God is sovereign', this is the book. There are others, yes, but Pink is as thorough and as biblical in his presentation of this part of systematic theology as can be found.

I find it fascinating, in seeing/reading many negative critiques of Pink's work, that so many will call him a 'Hyper-Calvinist.' Clearly, they either misconstrue the term or flat out don't know what it means, except that anyone who believes God has unconditionally elected some to salv
Sep 03, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Another book that the Lord used to show me His grace!
Lucas Bradburn
May 23, 2012 Lucas Bradburn rated it it was amazing
This book will turn you into a Calvinist overnight!
David Washington
There are not a lot of books that I give five stars and say that they are a must read. However, this is most definitely one of those books on one of the most volatile subjects: The Sovereignty of God. A.W. Pink attempts to draw closer the tension between the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, a conundrum that has puzzled theologians for centuries. And yet, both are plainly taught in Scripture. Though Pink's focus is clearly on the divine side of the issue and understandably, given ...more
Aug 14, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Great book that definitively tackles the question of the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. I think I prefer Lorraine Boettner's "The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination" better than this, but this is still a worthy read.
Todd Miller
Nov 18, 2014 Todd Miller rated it it was amazing
“But let us now inquire, What is the human Will? Is it a self-determining agent, or is it, in turn, determined by something else? Is it Sovereign or servant? Is the will superior to every other faculty of our being so that it governs them, or is it moved by their impulses and subject to their pleasure? Does the will rule the mind, or does the mind control the will? Is the will free to do as it pleases, or is it under the necessity of rendering obedience to something outside of itself?”

These are
May 03, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Until I read A.W. Pink's "Sovereignty of God" I would've laughed at the notion of a book on Christian doctrine being a "page-turner" or to elicit a feeling of "I can't put it down!" Yet, here I am emphatically endorsing what I expected to be a stuffy and dry treatise on Reformed Doctrine. Despite being written almost 90 years ago, Pink's handling of Scripture proved incredibly relevant to many of the struggles we continue to face in the 21st century. But, of greatest importance, the book inspire ...more
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
Pink examines the claims of God’s sovereignty – that is, His total control of and authority over the entire cosmos. Is God really sovereign, and if so, what implications does that have on prayer, evangelism, and the notion of free will? Although brief, Pink addresses several topics and relies heavily on Scripture to show that his arguments have a solid foundation. The result is a high view of God’s sovereignty that both encourages and challenges readers’ perceptions.
Aug 31, 2014 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Reading this book has brought so much peace to me with the truth that it portrays from Scripture regarding the Sovereignty of God. I recommend it to any Christian out there who is really searching the Scriptures on this subject. I underlined a lot in this book and I plan on going back through and studying this book more. The Lord is truly reigning on his throne!
Aug 12, 2009 Shelldog42 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best book I've read so far presenting high calvanist theology. Being not-Calvinist, it gave me a good understanding of why someone might be Calvinist, and I think this will help to illuminate future dialogue...
Jul 06, 2015 Felipe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Releitura em 2015 com muito proveito. Melhor que este somente a versão completa (com alguns capítulos adicionais e 4 apêndices) em inglês publicada pela Baker.
Oct 29, 2009 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Pink is nothing if not thorough and meticulous in his use and understanding of Scripture. He does a good job at going very in depth into breaking down how God is sovereign in general areas and explaining, along with Scriptural support, into what God's sovereignty in those areas means and how it can be proven. I was especially impressed by the appendix on John 3:16, as this verse was one of the many sticking points for me before I accepted Reformed tradition.

On the down side, Pink can tend to be
Jan 10, 2013 Marie rated it liked it
It was a challenging read simply because I did not agree with much of what was written within its pages. The sovereignty of God is looked at through the doctrinal lens of predestination. Arthur W. Pink goes so far as to say that Jesus Christ did not, in fact, die for all of humankind but that He died for some- which I think is Biblical heresy. If you are looking for a book to sharpen your understanding and solidify your standing on the doctrine of predestination, then I'd recommend this book. It ...more
Jennifer Grosser
Mar 03, 2013 Jennifer Grosser rated it did not like it
This book made me furious--but that's not necessarily a bad thing, I guess. It is certainly a thought-provoking read, and a good exercise in devotion simply because I could not safely acquiesce to Pink's teachings without serious contemplation.

Like the reviewer before me, I believe the idea that Jesus only died for the elect, and the contention that God does not love everyone He has made, to be heretical. It seems inconsistent and unlike Him for God to enjoin us, through Jesus, to live our enem
Jeff McCormack
Aug 17, 2010 Jeff McCormack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctrine
This was one of the earliest books in the Reformed theology thought that I read. It was very foundational in my early Reformed days, and still holds a high place in my mind when I think of great book. The Baler Publishing edition is preferred over the edited and chopped up Banner of Truth edition, because you get a more well rounded scope of sovereignty in all areas (the Banner of Truth edition - a baptist organization - cut out chapters and dealings with such things as reprobation, due to their ...more
Phillip Nash
Jul 16, 2015 Phillip Nash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books I have ever read on the subject of God's sovereignty and mans' responsibility. Beautifully written with glorious prose and Biblically sound with many clear proofs from Scripture of the author's thesis.
A book written 100 years ago yet speaking prophetically into our day when the sovereignty and very character of God is being decried and downplayed in favour of the exaltation of humankind. A book that should be read by everyone who really desires to serve God wholehearted
Apr 05, 2016 Cornell rated it it was amazing
Best treatment of the subject I have ever come across.
Dec 14, 2015 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
I was blessed reading through this book which served as a theological devotional while I was working on my church’s series through the Sovereignty of God. Pink shares many Bible verses to make his case that God is sovereign and in control of all things over several chapters such as “The Sovereignty of God in Creation,” “The Sovereignty of God in Administration,” etc. In the forward of the book Pink acknowledges that the most controversial part of the book for many would be the chapter on the sov ...more
Allen Haynie
Mar 28, 2016 Allen Haynie rated it it was amazing
In his book The Sovereignty of God, A.W. Pink explains that God is the first cause of all that exists and that all things are under His rule and control. Nothing happens outside of Gods direction or His permission and that Gods purpose will never be overruled or thwarted. The book shows us that God has absolute and unquestionable authority over all of His creation and in the salvation of man. The discussion in the book covers the doctrine of the Atonement, election, predestination, depravity, an ...more
Nov 26, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is "one of the best books i have ever read, period Christian or not"!

All I have to say is before getting this book, please make sure you get the UN-abridged version. I believe that this may be one of the ones that was chopped because of unpopular view of God preordaining the reprobate before the Fall. If you want to get to know the author's true beliefs, especially on a subject such as this, DON'T get the cut version even if you don't agree with his views, respect the mans work as a w
Jason Reed
Dec 17, 2015 Jason Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sovereignty of God - probably one of the most attacked doctrines of the Bible (along with election) - yet within it, the Christian has so much hope. This book is fantastic and timely.
Jan 27, 2015 AloysiusPamela rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent read and helped me understand the right view of God and the right view of myself...5 plus stars. Another could Not put down! Amazing.
David Aden
Aug 16, 2013 David Aden rated it really liked it
Solid classic read. Controversial issues about reprobation, yet renewing my understanding about the sovereignty of God Almighty.
Paul Munger
Apr 08, 2013 Paul Munger rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely astounding! Blows the mind with its far-reaching applications. Highly recommended. It will change your life.
John Horn
Apr 07, 2013 John Horn rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. Very helpful in understanding the relationship between God's sovereignty and man's will.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
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Arthur Walkington Pink was born in Nottingham, England on April 1, 1886 and became a Christian in his early 20's. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (an occult gnostic group popular in England during that time), and quickly rose in prominence within their ranks. His
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“Nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass otherwise than God has eternally purposed. Here is a foundation of faith. Here is a resting place for the intellect. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or Devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world, ruling it according to His own good pleasure and for His own eternal glory.” 3 likes
“Here is a fundamental difference between the man of faith and the man of unbelief. The unbeliever is 'of the world', judges everything by worldly standards, views life from the standpoint of time and sense, and weighs everything in the balances of his own carnal making. But the man of faith brings in God, looks at everything from His standpoint, estimates values by spiritual standards, and views life in the light of eternity. Doing this, he receives whatever comes as from the hand of God. Doing this, his heart is calm in the midst of the storm. Doing this, he rejoices in hope of the glory of God.” 3 likes
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