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The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good (Sproul, R. C. R.C. Sproul Library.) (Sproul, R. C. R.C. Sproul Library.) (Sproul, R. C. R.C. Sproul Library.) [Paperback]

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Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  0875527094  
EAN  9780875527093  

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Covers all aspects of divine providence. Written for all who face the hard questions of providence in the concrete arena of faith

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Covers all aspects of divine providence. Written for all who face the hard questions of providence in the concrete arena of faith.

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More About R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

R. C. Sproul currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. R. C. Sproul was born in 1939.

R. C. Sproul has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classic Theology
  2. Crucial Questions
  3. R. C. Sproul Library
  4. St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary

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Deep Theology on a Popular Level   Oct 28, 2005
R. C. Sproul has a real knack for writing deep books on a popular level and he does well with The Invisible Hand, which focuses on the doctrine of God's providence. Sproul's book is part philosophy, part exposition, and part historical theology. Difficult concepts such as theodicy and concurrence are handled as well as questions about the intersection of God's providence in human history, government, and our personal lives. God's provision for his people, the role of prayer, and the question of miracles are all covered as well. A great benefit of the book is its expositional nature. Sproul frequently develops his theology from familiar biblical stories (Abraham and Isaac, David and Bathsheba, Joseph in Egypt, Daniel and Belshazzar, etc.) - which is a great boon for young believers who may not be overly familiar with Scripture. A lot of territory is covered in this book. Sproul also defines his terms well, giving simple (although occasionally simplistic) and easy to grasp definitions to words like providence, theodicy, et cetera. Sprinkled throughout are personal stories and interesting anecdotes that keep the book interesting and even humorous. One possible demerit is Sproul's propensity to throw out Latin phrases. He does define them all, but they seem unnecessary. I also thought his chapters on miracles were overly reductionistic (he is a strong cessationist). But overall, this is a good book on providence and worth reading.
Beautiful Picture of God's Providence  Jul 31, 2005
Dr. Sproul has written a wonderful book about the absoult sovereignty of God. Like a breath of fresh air, Sproul shows us from Scripture the awesome power of God to accomplish His purposes in the earth. Sproul uses various texts from both the Old and New Testament to reveal the biblical picture of a God who is in control of all things even when it doesn't seem that He is.

I greatly enjoyed how Sproul stayed true to the Bible as his authority. While he does quote from other authors and from the Westminister Confession of Faith, Sproul does not get bogged down in the heated debate between the Calvinist and Arminian over God's sovereignty. He simply shows from Scripture that God is in control. No-one can argue with that.

In the end, I greatly enjoyed this book. While it read like a devotional, the book lifted my faith in the absolute power of God. Romans 8:28 hasn't been more precious since I finished this book. You too will enjoy this book as you study the Scriptures concerning the hand of God's providence in all things. You will pray to your Father knowing that He is sovereign (Matthew 6:8).
Providence Explained  Sep 10, 2002
This is one of the best books I have read on God's providence. With rich Scriptural references and stories, the author shows the extent of God's involvement with His creation.
The fingerprints of God  Mar 5, 2001
I've been wanting to review this book for some time now, but my review won't do it justice. Not since I read one of Sproul's earlier books, The Holiness of God, has a book simultaneously shaken my soul and comforted it with the presence of God in this way. This one follows the tradition. Renown for his thought-provoking teachings, Sproul takes the doctrines of God's immanence and providence down from the ivory tower and underscores them in the lives of the biblical characters as well as his own. This is theology at it's finest...truth for living.

Sproul's purpose in writing this book is "to look at the question of providence, not only from a doctrinal viewpoint, but chiefly from an examination of concrete experiences of the flesh-and-blood people whose lives and struggles are recorded for us in sacred Scripture" (2). And this he does par excellence. You can almost feel Abraham's stomach churn as he ponders the immanent sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac, while splitting firewood for the altar early in the morning. You can almost hear the waves of the Nile lapping against the basket of bulrushes which contained the future leader of God's chosen people from slavery to the promised land. You can almost see Joseph's bloodied, mangled, technicolor coat as he wept in the presence of his brothers, compassionately telling them, "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive" (Gen. 50:20). Our God is not "out there". . . He is right here.

Some of the areas of God's providence that this book touches on deal with God's involvement with His creation through miracles, the display of His glory, evil in the world, prayer, the flow of history and the history of redemption. At least one chapter is devoted to each of these topics which are very broad topics in and of themselves, but Sproul briefly touches on the involvement of God in each one of them displaying His love and purpose for His creation.

Sproul says that providence "is not merely that God looks at human affairs. The point is that He looks after human affairs. He not only watches us, He watches over us" (17). As far as the biblical teaching that all things that work together for good to those who love God is concerned, Sproul makes a clear distinction between the proximate, or soon occurring, and the ultimate. For example, we may experience things in our lives that are supremely good. These things are proximately and ultimately good. But we may also experience things that aren't good at all, but are for our good. Just like veggies to a kid, these things are proximately bad yet ultimately good. Sproul says that when Paul tells us that all things work together for good to those who love God, that he does not say that all things that happen are good things. What Paul is saying is that all things that happen to us, good and bad, are working together for our good. Ultimately it is good that these things happen to us (171).

One of the reasons why I love this book is because Sproul is such a ponderous writer and he writes with the views of history on the tip of his pen. He asks the hard questions and he's lets you search for the answers along with him. Sometimes the answers lead to more questions but never before learning something valuable about the providence and ways of Almighty God. If you've ever charged to the throne of God with the question, "Why?!", read this book. You'll gain invaluable insight into the purposes of God which will give you and incredible thirst for the "Unmoved Mover", as Aristotle called God. This book will bring you to your knees in tears at the feet of your creator God in awe as you realize his involvement in every detail of your life with the goals to make His desires yours and to change you into the likeness of His Son. Afterward, you'll be able to stand higher and firmer in the confidence that He is the sovereign Captain of your soul and the loving Master of your fate. I read this book at a time in my life that I would label "tragic" and it pointed me to the providential grace of God in a way that truly restored my soul to trust in my God. Sometimes He calms the storm . . . sometimes He calms the child.

Very good book  Oct 19, 1999
I heard about this book in a sermon when I was visiting my sister's place of fellowship in Houston, Tx. The pastor's sermon was centered around the title of this book. It ministered so deeply to me my in time of hurt and seriously doubting God, that I knew I had to have it. I just finished reading it tonight. Through reading this book, my trust in God has been restored, and my soul has been somehow quieted, knowing that God is at work behind the scene. This book is a must read. Yet, I must caution, it is only for the serious readers. It reveals an aspect of God's character that is only appreciated through active, close fellowship. This book will challange you to move beyond a casual distant relationship with God, and literally woo you into deep personal intimacy with Him. As you seriously consume what is conveyed in this book, it will bring a calmness, a quietness, and a confidence in your soul. For the essence of the message of this book is that "all things work together for the good of those who love God". Therefore, even the bad things are good "ultimately", if not "proximately". This book is not an "easy" read. In some places it is a little belabored theologically, but I believe the author used it to make every effort to get his point across. If your faith is in shambles, and you are doubting God, this book may prove to be a life-line to you. It was to me. Take the time to read it. It's well worth the investment.

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