Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News

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Does God's Wrath Define Christianity? Or Does God's Love?
In his famous sermon -Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, - Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards's wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell.
What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father's love--revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ--for all prodigal sons and daughters.
In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal, expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us?
Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.

Title:Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News
ISBN:9781601429513
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  • Clif Hostetler

    If the title of this book has the ring of familiarity, it may be from past attendance in an English literature class in which the reading of, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Jonathan Ed...

  • David

    Though I was an atheist, I was, as many Americans are, a puritanical atheist, because much of the faith that faith that came to America was viewed through a puritanical lens. (Similarly, many Christia...

  • Anna

    I have no issue with his conclusion that violence is antithetical to Christian belief. My problem is how he gets there. His emphasis on God as revealed in the person of Jesus is to the exclusion of th...

  • David Steele

    A Critical ReviewI will never forget a very special evening with a small group of Christ-followers at the McLean home. My good friend, Don suggested that we read Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God ...

  • Rachel

    I've barely slept since picking this book up because I can't stop mulling it over in my mind. This book is so much more than a writing on God loving humans. It confronts the evil in mans heart towards...

  • Meredith

    As a recovering fundamentalist, I have found this book to be very healing. Rather than the fire and brimstone gospel that has been touted to me so much, this book actually delves into Jesus, what he r...

  • Jon Patterson

    I am not giving this book a bad review because it is poorly written (it is a very engaging read) or because I disagree with the author's conclusions (which I certainly do), I am giving it a bad review...

  • Joe

    Honestly, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is one of the most eye-opening and challenging books about faith I have ever read. I grew up in the Bible Belt and I had know how much toxic and dangerou...

  • Alexandra

    This book will make people uncomfortable, because we are so conditioned to see God as constantly angry and to see us as constantly failing to earn his love and respect. This book is a quiet, beautiful...

  • James

    Brian Zahnd was a big fan of the Angry God. As a young pastor, he carried around a handwritten copy of Sinner's in the Hands of an ANGRY GOD, Jonathan Edwards's famous sermon. He memorized portions o...