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What is the holiness of God? Are you intrigued by it, or are you terrified? R.C. Sproul clearly identifies this attribute of God and all the associations one may make with it. This absolutely will inform and radically cause a re-thinking of one’s view of God.
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Published August 1st 2006 by Hovel Audio (first published November 30th 1984)
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Jessica
Nov 02, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, own
This "one sitting" book kept me turning the pages until wee hours of the morning. Few authors possess the keen ability to help readers come into a grasp of the nature of God's holiness, but through this book Dr. Sproul is able to help us better understand what God's holiness means and transport the reader into the presence of God.

We often hear many talk about how God is love, yet why do fewer ever speak of His holiness and justice? The Holiness of God reminds me yet again that my salvation (thro
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Natalie Vellacott
I received this book free. Having read it I am surprised it is a classic. The author covers various passages of Scripture to try and demonstrate the holiness of God. He makes some good points especially in relation to those who ask how a God of love can allow suffering/send people to Hell. He reminds us that we all deserve Hell due to our sin which is an affront to God's holiness and that it is only by God's grace that we are saved (through faith.) Although the book is biblically sound I found i ...more
Trice
Mar 05, 2016 Trice rated it really liked it
so I've read/listened and reread/relistened to bunches and bits of this multiple times as I've picked it up and put it down multiple times. And as many times as I've listened to parts, long and short, I think I've had that many impressions of it. I've had moments of awe and moments of great or small ah ha and moments of frustration. Some of these impressions are related to my mood rather than the content. But some of them, good and bad, are of course directly tied to the material.

At some point
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John
Nov 15, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, omnibus-books
Holiness, as Sproul writes, is a difficult concept for humans to understand and define. It is best understood by experience or by story. Sproul does attempt to define it, but it is best truly understood by stories, anecdotes, and analogy.

To this end, most of the book is Sproul examining personal stories that demonstrate holiness, but more importantly, and more extensively, he looks at the Bible to show what Scripture has to say about holiness.

Early on he looks at the Lord's Prayer, and notes tha
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Dana
Feb 17, 2009 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic I have had on my bookshelof for quite awhile and just now got around to reading. I chose to read it at this time because next month I am going to the Ligonier Mininstries National Conference and the conference theme this year is the Holiness of God. This was an excellent book- though a heavy topic this book was well written, easy to comprehend, and a joy to read. My copy included study questions at the end of each chapter that would be good to journal or good to use in a group ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Good read, Dr. Sproul knows the scripture and teaches it. While I don't agree with him on everything (and woe be to me if he heard that as I've listened to him and he doesn't appreciate that kind of thing) this is a good and worthwhile read.

I think his view of God puts Him at too much of a distance. The picture in God's Holiness is true but I think not complete here as God has made provision through Jesus and the Holy Spirit for man to approach Him. Still like I said...good read and a lot to te
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Ryan Gossett
Jan 14, 2015 Ryan Gossett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book by Sproul!! Great use of biblical stories and modern day analogies to show and explain the Holiness of God! Strongly encourage everyone to read!
Josh Wilson
For me the strong points here involved the historical information, for example, about Luther. Sproul bridges the gap between devotional book and commentary, and applications are plenteous. It just didn't engage my intellect very much. Something like Mary Douglas's book on Leviticus, while not intending to be "devotional" by any means, gets at the biblical idea of "holiness" more effectively because it is so text-oriented. This one didn't really fill in any gaps in my understanding of holiness, b ...more
Bendick Ong
Oct 28, 2013 Bendick Ong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
“Jonathan edwards once said that ‘nothing’ is what sleeping rocks dream about. That doesnt help much. My son offered me a better definition of ‘nothing.’ When he was in junior high, i asked him when he came home from school, ‘what did you do today, son?’ The reply was the same every day: ‘nuthin.’ So the best explanation i can give of ‘nothing’ is ‘that which my son used to do every day in junior high.’

A classic light-hearted moment in sproul’s writings, even as he tackles something as incompreh
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Rachel
Jan 03, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful work on the holiness of God by Dr. Sproul! Definitely added to the favorites shelf. My favorite part was how he expounded on the justice of God and how gracious God really is to us, but that too often, we presume on His grace.

One of my favorite quotes:
“The clearest sensation that a human being has when he experiences the holy is an overpowering and overwhelming sense of creatureliness. That is, when we are in the presence of God, we are humbled and become most aware of ourselves as
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Sherly Holmes
Oct 20, 2014 Sherly Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, christian
RC Sproul left me hungry for more of God's Holiness. As I was about to finish reading this book, I could hear myself at the back of my mind saying, "Whaaa! I want more, more!"

This book holds no limit in discussing God's holiness. I mean, it is not the typical type of read. It did not settle with the common knowledge we have about God. Rather, it provided a fresher, braver look into God's supremacy and His holiness. Thus, it had me craving for more and more, I did not want to stop reading it.
Andrew
Feb 26, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sproul goes over key texts on the Holiness of God such as Isaiah 6 as well as some biographical information on key figures in Christianity who have been influenced by a proper understanding of the Holiness of God, such as Sproul’s discussion of Martin Luther’s conversion in chapter 5 and an overview of Jonathan Edward’s famous sermon, Sinner’s in the hands of an Angry God, in chapter 9, where Sproul also discusses a similar sermon that Jonathan Edwards preached, which is not as well known: Men N ...more
Beth
Apr 24, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly enjoyable read, considering the meaty theological topic.
Aaron Matthews
Apr 01, 2013 Aaron Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most incredible books I've read in awhile. Deep, personal, and left me wanting to re-read it annually. Sproul is one of the finest theologians I've encountered. I enjoy his preaching, teaching, and now, his writing.
Carol Arnold
Amazing treatise on the holiness of God

This is an amazing book on the holiness of God. It was recommended by my pastor and I can definitely see why. Dr. Sproul challenges the reader to consider their view of God. If He is not the holy God of the Bible then he is an idol made up in the reader's mind. I have highlighted so many passages in the book to reread and review. The last two chapters were a little more difficult and I didn't get as much out of them, but I'm sure it was just my lack of unde
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David
Apr 02, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
I struggled in the beginning as I sought to read this book which deals with deep theological issues. Such reading often lacks any entertainment value and thus one must push forward to gain benefit.

However, soon, I was joining the author in the struggle to have just an inkling of the holiness of God and to examine its implications for mankind, and for my own personal walk with Christ.

Sproul wrestles with some of the most difficult passages in the Scripture as he seeks to explain how believers hav
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Caleb
Jan 25, 2011 Caleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got my hands on this classic by Dr. R.C. Sproul a few months ago, and I was excited when I found the time to sit down and read it. I have read and listened to Sproul for a little while now, and I have very high respect for his scholarship. The Holiness of God is his most famous work, and I think it has an important place in the minds and on the bookshelves of Christians today. I think that God's holiness is a concept that most Christians accept but without truly understanding its depth. So oft ...more
Michael
Aug 20, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there is one characteristic of God that must be embraced and is, in fact, at core of who God is, mark it down, it is not God's love but His holiness. From Jesus' prayer in which His first petition was "hallowed by thy name", it is clear that while God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, we must also understand that He will by no means clear the guilty. Hol ...more
Bethany
Dec 12, 2014 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book for all human beings to read. For those that do not believe in God, they will be confronted and meet Yahweh! For those that are already believers, it will grow their faith. I know it grew mine! Sproul has a way of telling stories and encouraging people to grow in their knowledge of God (theology!). He certainly kept my attention. This intense subject was fascinating to read. I found myself laughing, crying, and feeling the aweful and terrible holiness of God. Highly ...more
Jesse Atkinson
Firstly, I will not call this book a classic, as so many seem willing to do. Even if it does have the potential to become a classic, this book has not yet earned that right.

As to whether it does have such potential, I myself am doubtful. Overall, the book is sound and very helpful, defending thhe holiness of God in the Old Testament context and attempting to establish a sense of awe which we ought always to feel when encountering the divine. On this point, the book excels, as Dr. Sproul is an ab
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Ben Adkison
Jan 23, 2016 Ben Adkison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this is embarrassing

For a guy who generally tries to average about one book a week, I have to admit that I 19m a bit behind my intended pace. Ok I 19m a lot behind. This is actually the first full book I 19ve finished this year. Now don 19t get me wrong, I 19ve spent some time reading lots of different things, I just haven 19t finished anything until now.

One of my goals this year

Every year I try to read from a wide variety of books, but I 19m always attempting to read all of the things that
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Randy
Jul 09, 2015 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consider the following two scenarios. In the first, a pastor in an Evangelical church sings the entire song of Ariel, from the Disney movie “The Little Mermaid”, during a sermon in order to make a point. As he sings along, word for word, with the soundtrack playing through the speakers, the audience howls with laughter. Or a second scenario, where a Christian school enthusiastically shows a video of a short play to its entire assembly of students, in which a boy playing God the Father talks to t ...more
Brian
Jun 07, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Dr. RC Sprouls crowning achievement and an enduring christian classic. I read this as a young Calvinist as it was RC that got me thinking about my original arminian teachings that I left behind after reading his book Chosen by God.

I can't help thinking that the holiness of God is the real "Left Behind" position in the Church today. God is often made in the image of the worshiper, reading this great book will change that for a lifetime.
Esther
Dec 31, 2014 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Understanding God's holiness might seem like a basic right and wrong type of answer, but really it's so much more than that. The magnitude of it is insane. I loved reading Sproul's various analogies and biblical examples of this. It's crazy to think how even Angels had to cover their eyes and feet in God's presence. Thankfully we have justification through faith in Christ Jesus.
Kia Wakefield
Oct 29, 2015 Kia Wakefield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most powerful books I've read in a very long time. Just WOW!
Brian Eshleman
This is a powerful study of the character of God the Father, moving Christians from a kind of apology for Him in preference for the softer side of Christ's mercy. The author's unwavering in probing to see what we can learn from the very Scriptures about Him we would rather whitewash in an effort to fashion an idol of our own choosing.
Zachary McDonald
Before I read this book I had never really understood the greatness and holiness of God. Sproul always does an amazing job of painting a BIG picture of who God is. This is the book that really turned me into a Calvinist, as Sproul worked through passages revealing the holiness of God and HIS freedom.
Jared Daugherty
Jan 26, 2008 Jared Daugherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We worship God alone because He is holy. Do we understand the holiness of God? Once we grasp a few of the implications of knowing that God is holy we come to know humbleness and repentance along with our own brokennes. This in turn points us to Christ Jesus.
Don Current
Jul 26, 2013 Don Current rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great things to think about. I agree that sometimes we become to "familiar" with God and forget that He is the Perfect, Holy, Supreme Creator of Everything and our righteousness is as filthy rags. I need to find a better way to honor His Holiness.
benebean
I really like the chapter on Uzzah and the ark/strange incense. Other than that I thought it was a good book except I wished there were more scripture references-- although I guess this could have interrupted the flow of the book.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the founder and chairman of the ministry that began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In an effort to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s teachings and the ministry’s other educational resources, th ...more
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“God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out.” 44 likes
“Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward the One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, of the most minute peccadillo? What are we saying to our Creator when we disobey Him at the slightest point? We are saying no to the righteousness of God. We are saying, “God, Your law is not good. My judgement is better than Yours. Your authority does not apply to me. I am above and beyond Your jurisdiction. I have the right to do what I want to do, not what You command me to do.” 42 likes
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