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From the Back Cover 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 From the Back Cover 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.


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From the Back Cover 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 From the Back Cover 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.

30 review for God's Love: How the Infinite God Cares for His Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig Hurst

    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 unbeliev 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. Since love is an attribute of God it is of perennial importance that we understand it as properly as we can so that we understand God as properly as we can. The two are joined together. The key verses Sproul employs in describing God as love are John 4:7-11 in which John tells us that “God is love.” This is not an equative statement such that when the phrase is turned around to say “love is God” it is equally true. This would be to place love above God and therefore me we should worship love and not God. Rather, to say “God is love” is to attribute something about God that He possesses. “To say that love is of God means that love belongs to or is the possession of God.” (p. 16) With the establishment of love as an attribute of God, Sproul then dives into the many ways in which God displays this love to His children. Three of these ways could be said to be foundational to the rest: (1) the eternal love of God, (2) the loyal love of God and (3) the electing love of God. The foundation by which God can and does love His children is first and foremost seen in the love God showed before creation. That is, since God is eternal and love is an attribute He possesses, the love of God has existed eternally with God. This love was first poured out on His Son Jesus Christ through the covenant of redemption which all three persons of the trinity took part in. This covenant of love, or eternal love, in eternity before creation finds its expression in the Father and Son’s relationship when the Son was on the cross. The next foundational expression of God’s love is His loyal love as the covenant of redemption is acted out in history. While the forsakenness of the Son by the Father is a hard doctrine to comprehend it is nonetheless biblical and worthy of our attention. Sproul helps the reader when he states: The Father’s willingness to subject His beloved Son to forsakenness was matched by the Son’s willingness to be forsaken on behalf of His people in order to secure their salvation. It is ironic indeed for parties to a covenant to agree on forsakenness, but that is the basis for our salvation. (p. 74) The third of the three foundational expressions of God’s love is His electing love. This is the love of God as it is specifically directed towards and applied to certain people in a salvific manner. While the Calvinistic understanding of election has been met with great hostility by certain Christian groups, Sproul believes that without it there is no salvation. That is, without the Father graciously and mercifully loving some of mankind by means of choosing them to receive the benefits of the accomplished salvation of the Son no one wold be saved and Christ would have died in vain. From here Sproul discusses a number of other related expressions of the love of God such as how God can be said to hate. Sproul also briefly tackles the impassibility of God (153-56), goes into depth with the agape love of God as seen in Christ (chap. 8) and closes out the book focusing on how God’s children, who are receivers of the love God, are to love others as discussed in 1 Corinthians 13 (chap. 9) God’s Love is a great book that expounds on what is at times for some a perplexing attribute of God. Admittedly, Sproul approaches this doctrine from a Calvinistic perspective but Christians of all positions on election can greatly benefit from this book. For the kind of book this appeared to be, Sproul certainly surprised me with the depth at which he goes into this doctrine. Granted, there were limits due to the size of the book but Sproul tackles it with his usual intellectual rigor, exegetical basis and eye for the layman reader. I recommend this book for Christians who wish to gain a foundational understanding of the love of God. NOTE: This book was provided for free from David C. Cook in return for an honest and unbiased review. The words and thoughts expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wes F

    I think this is my first R.C. Sproul book--and I loved it. Very deep, thoughtful, insightful, biblical, and helpful. Sproul digs deep into the meaning of the love of God and all its aspects. He covers theological insights from creation to Christ--giving one a great Old Testament foundation, as well as a New Testament one. God's love is not all peace & love & pie-in-the-sky; no, His love also means that there is hate as well, the flip side of the coin. Sproul does a magnificent job of explicating I think this is my first R.C. Sproul book--and I loved it. Very deep, thoughtful, insightful, biblical, and helpful. Sproul digs deep into the meaning of the love of God and all its aspects. He covers theological insights from creation to Christ--giving one a great Old Testament foundation, as well as a New Testament one. God's love is not all peace & love & pie-in-the-sky; no, His love also means that there is hate as well, the flip side of the coin. Sproul does a magnificent job of explicating tough issues like this and helps to put things in biblical balance. I believe I got a good deal on this ebook; read it on my iPad. Looking forward to reading some more of this wise, godly writer who has gone on to Glory.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joel Barrios

    5 Stars! Absolutely Amazing!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tung

    We think of love in very human terms – terms that are influenced by our own personal experiences with them. And when we then associate our personalized conception of what love is to how God loves us in the framework of Christianity, well, no wonder we end up with theological problems and an improper view of God. In this book, Sproul attempts to define what biblical love actually is; and by doing so, attempts to explain how it then resolves such thorny questions as “How can a loving God condemn p We think of love in very human terms – terms that are influenced by our own personal experiences with them. And when we then associate our personalized conception of what love is to how God loves us in the framework of Christianity, well, no wonder we end up with theological problems and an improper view of God. In this book, Sproul attempts to define what biblical love actually is; and by doing so, attempts to explain how it then resolves such thorny questions as “How can a loving God condemn people to hell?” Sproul covers what the Bible means by stating “God is love”, the different facets of God’s love, and how love existed within the Trinity and what that means for our faith. He even exposits 1 Corinthians 13, and what it actually says about love. This book is typical Sproul, so you know what you’re getting: something well-reasoned, logically sound, and biblically-based. And because of his theology, you will obviously get all of the previous with a reformed bent – that is, will you get a chapter explaining how love fits into unconditional election? You bet your five solas, you will. As someone whose theology isn’t reformed (but is as close as possible without declaring it), I found his arguments extremely compelling. Fans of Sproul and reformed theology will obviously love this book. I’d recommend it for everyone wanting to better understand love in its biblical context.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cotton

    Dr Sproul has a gift of making very high and lofty theological matters understandable to the common person. This was a great exposition on God’s love. He makes the point that we pick out attributes (such as love) and we elevate it to the extreme case where it swallows all God’s other attributes which are also holy and good. The exegesis on the Love chapter of Corinthians went straight to my heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven van Doorn

    The book overall was okay, nothing particularly insightful but a good overview of God's love as expressed in Scripture. With the glaring exception of the long discourse on predestination. The connection to the rest of the book was tenuous, it seemed like the author was looking for a reason to elaborate on a favorite subject, which happened to be an extreme, heartless and simplistic view of Calvinism. The book overall was okay, nothing particularly insightful but a good overview of God's love as expressed in Scripture. With the glaring exception of the long discourse on predestination. The connection to the rest of the book was tenuous, it seemed like the author was looking for a reason to elaborate on a favorite subject, which happened to be an extreme, heartless and simplistic view of Calvinism.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Sproul does an excellent job here of reconciling the love of God with the doctrine of election. For many Christians, the two concepts are in contradiction with one another. He describes various aspects of God's love. He even contrasts it with God's hatred, providing a full Biblical balance. If you'd like to learn more about God's love from a Reformed perspective, I recommend this title. Sproul does an excellent job here of reconciling the love of God with the doctrine of election. For many Christians, the two concepts are in contradiction with one another. He describes various aspects of God's love. He even contrasts it with God's hatred, providing a full Biblical balance. If you'd like to learn more about God's love from a Reformed perspective, I recommend this title.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Bailey

    This book was fantastic and insightful. It is definitely dense, and I had to take notes to keep hold of the thoughts and arguments that Sproul is making. Not only do you learn about God's Love in Scripture, but also many other theological concepts and attributes that barely touch and the majesty that is God. This book was fantastic and insightful. It is definitely dense, and I had to take notes to keep hold of the thoughts and arguments that Sproul is making. Not only do you learn about God's Love in Scripture, but also many other theological concepts and attributes that barely touch and the majesty that is God.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Good when focus is on love. The discourse on predestination detracted from an otherwise good presentation about the love of God. God’s love is for everyone. That’s what it says in John 3:16.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    For some reason, I had such a hard time getting into this one, but it's very good. I was reading a Kindle version, and I think I would have done better with a paper copy that I could underline, pencil in some notes, etc. For some reason, I had such a hard time getting into this one, but it's very good. I was reading a Kindle version, and I think I would have done better with a paper copy that I could underline, pencil in some notes, etc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Clara Roberts

    This book can best be summed up in the last two sentence of the book. "Faith, hope, and love are all great. But in this triad, there is one that is the greatest of the great--the gift and virtue of Love." This book can best be summed up in the last two sentence of the book. "Faith, hope, and love are all great. But in this triad, there is one that is the greatest of the great--the gift and virtue of Love."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sanford Doyle

    Gospel Love Absolutely a great expository of truth. RC Sproul is one of the great Bible teachers of his generation. God's Love is biblically taught and explained in such a way as only RC Sproul can. Gospel Love Absolutely a great expository of truth. RC Sproul is one of the great Bible teachers of his generation. God's Love is biblically taught and explained in such a way as only RC Sproul can.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Deeper look at God’s love This book is an excellent source for diving deeper into God’s love for his children. It takes you beyond a superficial understanding of what love means to God and what it means as a Christian to love Him and others.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan Norton

    A Deeper Look at Love The author goes deeper for the student of Scripture. It is a book you must stop and think at various times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    Thought provoking... It make you consider God's love for us and the choice to accept or reject it. Thought provoking... It make you consider God's love for us and the choice to accept or reject it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    This is one worth rereading, Sproul does an excellent job of explaining the God's Love in a Biblical lens and what are response should be to it. This is one worth rereading, Sproul does an excellent job of explaining the God's Love in a Biblical lens and what are response should be to it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Loved it A very good discussion if God's love. There were some parts that made you have to stop and pause to pray, but i am better for reading this treatise. Loved it A very good discussion if God's love. There were some parts that made you have to stop and pause to pray, but i am better for reading this treatise.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Excellent treatment. I especially appreciated his treatment of 1 Corinthians 13.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Qoyo

    Great book, R.C wrote with amazing depth and clarity of thought. His ability to explain deep concepts in understandable terms without watering them down is impressive.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    R. C. Sproul in his new book, “God's Love” part of the Classic Theology series published by David C. Cook shows us How the Infinite God Cares for His Children. From the Back Cover: Encounter 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 R. C. Sproul in his new book, “God's Love” part of the Classic Theology series published by David C. Cook shows us How the Infinite God Cares for His Children. From the Back Cover: Encounter 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. What exactly is love? Some of us would describe it as an emotion: we love chocolate cake or going to the movies. Paul tells us that, “here abides Faith, Hope and Love and the greatest of these is Love.” Love is a person. God is Love. Therefore Love is God. If you really want to come to a firm understanding of God’s Love and the power of that Love then you really need to read, “God’s Love”. In nine chapters Dr. Sproul shows us love and hate in God, Agape Love and others to get the true meaning across. Obviously Dr. Sproul does a much more magnificent job in explaining which is one of the reasons why you need to have this book. “God’s Love” is a must have book. It is a must have for you because you will read it once, stash it on your bookshelf and come back to it again and again for refreshing. It is a must have for your friends and family so that they can do the exact same thing. We all need to learn and understand and who better than Dr. Sproul to help us with that understanding. I recommend this book highly! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the most informative theological book I've read and probably the only formal one haha. Anyways, this book reminds me of my philosophical readings, just the ambiance of it, probably because of the language depth itself and the pause moment where you will halt from reading because how beautiful it was and how it made you think, this book has that one too, that is why I didn't rush on reading this, i want to savor it. This book not just help me realize that God is beyond my thesis though I am One of the most informative theological book I've read and probably the only formal one haha. Anyways, this book reminds me of my philosophical readings, just the ambiance of it, probably because of the language depth itself and the pause moment where you will halt from reading because how beautiful it was and how it made you think, this book has that one too, that is why I didn't rush on reading this, i want to savor it. This book not just help me realize that God is beyond my thesis though I am not a theology major but my thesis were more inclined to theology as I prove God is an ethical God based on Hegel and using Husserl phenomenological bracketing. I was able to prove my thesis as Hegel wrote about ethical God before his thesis-anti-thesis-synthesis philosophy and I was grade wit my thesis around 95-98. But this book gave more depth if i would like to continue my thesis and this book would definitely would be one of my resources. Thia book taught me about the love of God, love of benevolence, beneficence and complacency. This book taught me about agape,at first, my first understanding of agape was that it is only God could do that but this book proves me wrong, we can. Actually the 3 kinds of love, eros,philia and agape would be my next thesis if i pursue on continuing so my previous thesis, that we can transcend from eros to philia to agape and prove that we can actually achieve agape ( like because what i aforementioned before i thought God can only do agape not humans) anyways, this book proves me wrong and made my understand what agape means. And lastly, i used this Bible verse on my thesis as well, the Love is patient, love is kind, it does npt boast or envy and so on... this book elaborates more of my understanding of this Bible verse and I'm glad that i was able to read this amazing book. I'm not really into the divine election so i kinda sort of ignore those part involve with it, haha but anyways this book is a great book! I would definitely would like to refer this to anyone who likes to read theological books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Aitken

    I must be honest: I bought this book for the CD that came with it (which is a decent 17 minute intro to the book). Sproul appraoches the task of exploring God's love with humility and hopes that this book will "be a springboard for a lifelong pursuit of this love." The overall rating is A-. The first three chapters were loaded with deep, heavy thought concerning the nature of God, and interacts with differing modern views that examine this concept. I respectfully differ with one reviewer concerni I must be honest: I bought this book for the CD that came with it (which is a decent 17 minute intro to the book). Sproul appraoches the task of exploring God's love with humility and hopes that this book will "be a springboard for a lifelong pursuit of this love." The overall rating is A-. The first three chapters were loaded with deep, heavy thought concerning the nature of God, and interacts with differing modern views that examine this concept. I respectfully differ with one reviewer concerning the chapter on election--I basically agree with Sproul. He delivers the basic Calvinist challenge on Romans 9. However, he does leave several questions that need to be answered. The next two or three chapters were ok; they were not the best that Sproul is capable of, thus the 4 star rating. His chapters on our love for one another are pretty good and worth a read. Final Analysis. THis book is a good, solid "intro" to the love of God. It is not the most exhaustive treatise on divine love, nor was it intended to be. This is a book from which the beginning and advanced student can profit from. It is overall well-written with only a few chapters that leave some to be desired. Also, the CD is an added bonus to the book One other criticism: Sproul doesn't do justice to the historical narrative of Romans 9. Calvinists need to find another prooftext.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    **I received this as an eBook from the kind people of David C. Cook through NetGalley** A comprehensive look into the LOVE of God. In essence the message is that God is the source of TRUE love, just as Jesus is the source of Truth. The first few chapters are full to the brim with noteworthy observations, "love is an ACTION, not a feeling. Therefore Love comes from BEING". The constant reminder of the fact that God is made of Good, not evil, that He is not even capable of evil, is reassuring and en **I received this as an eBook from the kind people of David C. Cook through NetGalley** A comprehensive look into the LOVE of God. In essence the message is that God is the source of TRUE love, just as Jesus is the source of Truth. The first few chapters are full to the brim with noteworthy observations, "love is an ACTION, not a feeling. Therefore Love comes from BEING". The constant reminder of the fact that God is made of Good, not evil, that He is not even capable of evil, is reassuring and encouraging. (Good tree(s) cannot bear bad fruit" Matt 7:15-20. Sproul brings across the notion that we are adopted through Christ by God, and that while the world has failed us and left us spiritually cripped, God is welcoming us in LOVE because of Christ. While I took a lot away from this book, I felt that it slowed down towards the end. I wasn't as invented in the taking of notes, I felt the majority of what I needed from this book (in terms of how God loves me and WHY) were mentioned within the first hundred pages. I have read other books that talk of the virtue of Hesed, Sproul covered the concept with beautiful imagery and in everyday terms whilst also not straying far from original scripture and God's message. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is seeking to further understand God's Love. While it is scholarly in places, it was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading more of Sproul's work.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I so appreciate RC teaching of the Lord and this topic. Love ...it is so misunderstood. Love can mean different things to all of us. Love to us can be affirmation, gifts, service, physical and however, with affirmation, gifts, etc. God loves us thru his holiness. God is the source of the true definition of love. We can twist love when we become the source of what love is. In this study, I can see how I have done that without realizing how easy it is to do. Our union with Christ is the start of t I so appreciate RC teaching of the Lord and this topic. Love ...it is so misunderstood. Love can mean different things to all of us. Love to us can be affirmation, gifts, service, physical and however, with affirmation, gifts, etc. God loves us thru his holiness. God is the source of the true definition of love. We can twist love when we become the source of what love is. In this study, I can see how I have done that without realizing how easy it is to do. Our union with Christ is the start of that source and it continues as we abide in Christ. The sovereignty of God plays heavily in our understanding of the love of God that it frees us to love others with true purity of heart. The sovereignty of God makes it about who God is and not about us. That in itself can take a lifetime to grasp and understand and is never boring. I think it is because there is a wonder, an awe of the sovereignty of God that softens our hard hearts. RC goes into the depth of how God loved Jacob and hated Easu. Reading that can cause some to question God's love but when you go deeper, you actually see God's sovereignty and God's grace. It would be not grace if we deserved it. Reading this book, I am reminded that the bible shows the condition of this weary broken heart.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Cowpar

    I disagree wholeheartedly with Sproul's view of God. In fact, as I read the earlier half of this book I genuinely questioned whether the God he was writing about was the same as the God I know and read of in the Bible and who has shown me His love in mad ways and shows others His love in madder ways through me and around me. However, the book is redeemed by the second section when Sproul goes through the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) it's beautiful. And his conclusion is good, though a little s I disagree wholeheartedly with Sproul's view of God. In fact, as I read the earlier half of this book I genuinely questioned whether the God he was writing about was the same as the God I know and read of in the Bible and who has shown me His love in mad ways and shows others His love in madder ways through me and around me. However, the book is redeemed by the second section when Sproul goes through the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) it's beautiful. And his conclusion is good, though a little short. I love how he quotes Scripture. It's never just the verse he is highlighting but also the passage for context. That is very admirable! I would guess that this book has more Scripture in it than any Christian book I've read before.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This is the first book of Sproul's I've actually read though I've listened to him lecture much. Sproul works, in his own words, by "vignette," not in exhaustive exposition. He works by themes essentially: kinds of love, God's demonstrations of love, etc. He interestingly considers this a harder topic than God's sovereignty, perhaps because people want to discuss God's love without treading into the implications and difficult questions that arise from defining what God's love is or because love i This is the first book of Sproul's I've actually read though I've listened to him lecture much. Sproul works, in his own words, by "vignette," not in exhaustive exposition. He works by themes essentially: kinds of love, God's demonstrations of love, etc. He interestingly considers this a harder topic than God's sovereignty, perhaps because people want to discuss God's love without treading into the implications and difficult questions that arise from defining what God's love is or because love is so badly defined generally. But, of course, in classic Sproul style he gets around to God's "electing love." :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Austin Mcgrath

    While I have to be honest and admit I found my self kind of skimming through some chapters/pages Sproul does an excellent job on going over different greek words that is used for the love of God. He also in this book preforms different philosophies of a loving God, comparing Calvinistic philosophy compared to Arminian, along with exegetical work over passages like 1 Corinthians 13. I am always impressed with Sprouls talent to speak to the deep theological mind and the laymen.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Enjoyed the book. Bogged down badly during the extended discussion on predestination and thus the 3 stars and not 5. Not convinced that portion of the book was necessary. Sproul's approach is to take apart the viewpoint of those who don't hold his views of predestination. Not really sure this was the right book for that argument. The rest of the book was excellent and definitely worth the read. Enjoyed the book. Bogged down badly during the extended discussion on predestination and thus the 3 stars and not 5. Not convinced that portion of the book was necessary. Sproul's approach is to take apart the viewpoint of those who don't hold his views of predestination. Not really sure this was the right book for that argument. The rest of the book was excellent and definitely worth the read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    An excellent comprehensive look at the doctrine of the love of God. A lot of deep theology explained thoroughly making it a good book for getting a firm foundation under your feet on the issue. However, it felt too comprehensive at times leaving me wishing for more practical application and a simpler summary I could hold onto.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A fine book that explores the varied types of God's love from a Reformed perspective. Helpful for me was the nuanced discussion about election, "divine hatred," and the qualifications that must be placed on the idea of "unconditional love" if we are to maintain a biblically consistent view of God's character. A fine book that explores the varied types of God's love from a Reformed perspective. Helpful for me was the nuanced discussion about election, "divine hatred," and the qualifications that must be placed on the idea of "unconditional love" if we are to maintain a biblically consistent view of God's character.

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