Why I Wrote “Behold Our Sovereign God,” and What to Expect from It

I wrote the bulk of Behold Our Sovereign God: All Things From Him, Through Him, and To Him between the end of Fall 2010 and the beginning of Spring 2011 here in Louisville.  With the book I wanted to mark a milestone, because 2011 would be 10 years after the wrestling match with the doctrine of God’s sovereignty began.  That decade-long journey changed my life, and I reflect on some of it in the book, especially in the Introduction.

Then, in the latter months of 2011 and in the early part of 2012, I began gradually expanding and tweaking the book until it reached its final form.  The subtitle, All Things From Him, Through Him, and To Him, is from Romans 11:36 and conveys what I hope the reader will conclude.

I believe the Bible teaches the exhaustive and meticulous rule of God in the universe, and I hope to persuade you of the same.  I tried to keep it concise (it’s less than 150 pages!), clear, personal, and saturated with Scripture.  I tried to anticipate objections, correct misunderstandings, and present a coherent introduction to what the doctrine of God’s sovereignty involves.

The book has five chapters, framed by an Introduction and Conclusion.  The chapters break down this way:

  • (1) A Tapestry of Majesty: The Sovereignty of God over Creation
  • (2) From the Mouth of the Most High: The Sovereignty of God over Sin and Suffering
  • (3) The Worst Evil for the Greatest Good: The Sovereignty of God over the Cross
  • (4) The Rights and Righteousness of the Potter: The Sovereignty of God over Salvation and Judgment
  • (5) From Creation to Consummation: The Sovereignty of God over History and the Future

A word about the Dedication.  Behold Our Sovereign God is for John Piper, whose books and preaching have changed my life.  Piper has such a zealous pursuit of pointing people to our mighty and exalted God.  His passion for God’s glory has influenced me in such a deep way that I’m certainly unaware of the degree.  And more than anyone else for me, Piper’s voice and pen has faithfully called his listeners and readers to behold this sovereign God who reigns in majesty over all things for His glory.

May God use this book to stir a zeal for doctrine and doxology in His people.  I hope you’ll consider getting the book and giving it a read.  I want you to behold Him as He is: our sovereign God.

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