Do you find yourself pondering questions about the nature of God? Do His divine attributes sometimes make you stop and scratch your head? I’m one of those type people who can say I’m exhausted, get into bed, and then lie awake for hours thinking of how God can know the future. How does that work? Where does free will come into play? If these type questions are intriguing to you, then this classic work by Arthur Pink will certainly be a treat. At just over 200 pages, “The Sovereignty of God” is a thorough, if not comprehensive examination of the doctrine of God’s absolute sovereignty. I must warn you, that Pink is a no-nonsense type author. There is no sugar-coated theology and there are no Sunday school answers in this book. From the first chapter to the final sentence, Pink takes you on a direct journey to understanding God’s absolute freedom over His creation to do with it whatever He pleases. Pink does not veer off onto tangents, and he makes no U-turns. Every word of every sentence has been intentionally selected as a means to the end-goal of glorifying God for his great power, and unrivaled knowledge.
If you’re looking for a leisure read that you can pick up and finish in a few days, Pink may not be your favorite author. This book is not written on a 7th grade level, and it is best read slowly and with careful examination. I would advise checking the scripture references individually as they are quoted throughout the book. This will help you follow the line of reasoning that Pink is pursuing. I would also make sure to wear your theological steel toed boots while you read “The Sovereignty of God.” Pink is unapologetically sure of his conclusions, and makes no bones about where he stands on his views of soteriology and the nature of God. He carefully explains other views of scripture that are contrary to his own, and then crushes them with the giant hammer of the Word of God, quoting scripture upon scripture in nearly every paragraph.
The one downside to this book is that Pink uses language that can be a bit challenging due to the era in which it was written, and the sheer knowledge that bleeds off the pages. “The Sovereignty of God” is without question a doctrinal and theologically-centered book, so don’t expect a story. The primary purpose of the book is to educate, and for most readers, that means taking things slowly. Pink is a classic author who never really got the credit he deserved during his lifetime. However, timeless works like “The Sovereignty of God” have lived on to educate and equip Christians over the past century. If you find yourself hungry for depth, consistency, and a book that will challenge you, “The Sovereignty of God” will be a tremendous blessing to you.