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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Announcing "On Freedom and Destiny"

I'm pleased to announce the publication of my first book On Freedom and Destiny: How God's Will and Yours Intersect, which will be available for sale online within the next few weeks. Here's the cover:

Let me help you read the back:
"Everything happens for a reason." + "Everyone has free will." = ???
You've heard people quote these sayings. Maybe you've said them yourself. But sometimes you wonder, if each person is free to make their own choice, how could it be for any "reason" outside themselves? On the other hand, if God has a reason for every choice we make, does that mean that he is the one making it?

Join pastor and blogger Cory Hartman for a journey through the deep waters surrounding these questions. The trip is full of surprises as no simple truth is quite as simple as it seems, but Hartman brings penetrating clarity to these mysteries without taking the mystery away. Whether or not you follow him to the end, you won't forget this odyssey through the issues that shape the choices we make and the lives we live.

"Cory Hartman's On Freedom and Destiny is both biblically grounded and philosophically informed. Using many insightful illustrations, Hartman explains the key issues related to the problem of reconciling human freedom with divine sovereignty. He ultimately shows how these teachings are compatible. Even readers who disagree with the book's thesis will profit immensely from reading this book." Jim Spiegel, professor of philosophy and religion, Taylor University, and author of The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty

"Very few pastor-theologians get the balance right between being intellectual and being accessible. Cory Hartman does an admirable job in this book of writing material that is thoughtful, deftly written, and challenging but also eminently accessible for regular guys like me. This book comes from the trenches of pastoral ministry, the pages of Scripture, and the heart of a disciple of Christ who is striving to know Him more and proclaim His gospel." Ted Kluck, award-winning co-author of Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion and author of Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories

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