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Divine Providence [Paperback]

Emanuel Swedenborg
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16 Oct 2007
In Divine Providence, Swedenborg explains why it is that we cannot always see God's hand in our chaotic world. Why tragedy and war are allowed to happen and how these things relate to us. If God were to remove all tragedies from our lives, of what worth would free will be?

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: A & D Publishing (16 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604590858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604590852
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,518,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book !!!! 11 Aug 2014
By Cas
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Excellent book fantastic information to help in every day life, and for people who have lost someone and who is in the grieving process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - why bad things really happen to good people. 8 Dec 1999
By Jeremy Simons - Published on Amazon.com
This book is brilliant. Unless I had read it I don't think I ever could have conceived of a plan of Divine government that was so ingenious. The basic concept here is that God governs the human race by allowing people to do as they wish. It reminds me of the saying 'He governs best who governs least.' Therefore God governs in a way that is basically invisible, and yet He still governs.
According to this book God maintains 'control' in myriads of subtle ways, and yet the system is set up in such a way that people really are free. That is, people can acknowledge or not acknowledge God, they can obey or disobey Him, they can think and do as they wish. I think this is a pretty good explanation of the existence of evil. It exists in potential as an opposite of God, dictated by the principle of freedom - but not created by God. I thought this was brilliant. It explains why bad things happen to good people, at least it does to me. That is, bad things are not caused by God but by the principle of freedom itself.
The best part of this book, however, is its articulation of the means God uses so that bad things will stop happening to good people. According to Swedenborg, God is guiding the human race in subtle and miraculous ways towards a happier future. It happens slowly and invisibly so as not to impinge on human freedom. The principle method is information. As people gather knowledge, the knowledge eventually has a great impact on how they act. Knowledge of God is called the Word of God, and it very gradually shapes human actions - but only insofar as people understand, accept, and willingly act on it. I find it easy to believe that information is that powerful.
The purpose of all of this, according to this book, is to bring people to happiness, both in this world and after death in heaven forever. Not a bad purpose.
A work of genius. I would call it Divinely inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for life 11 July 2003
By Joralyn Echols - Published on Amazon.com
I don't think I can say enough about this book! It is actually four smaller works bound together, each one adding amazing depth to reading the Bible and knowledge of God and life in general. The Biblical support that is all through them is fabulously arranged, with clear connections and ideas. This edition of the book is small and very portable, allowing me to take it basically anywhere. It has improved my Bible studying and the quality of my life--because now I know more about how to bring God's love into my life and share it with others. If you are looking for a more intense Bible study, or ideas on how to truly live, this is the book to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality and depth 23 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book because of the depth it gave my Bible study. It goes in-depth into the language of the Bible, with the meaning of the word choice. It also talks about the nature of the Lord, helping me know He understands what sorts of things I struggle with and how He can guide me. In looking for a fuller way of life and faith, this book is full of ideas for improving the quality and depth of my life and faith. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants an easy yet deep reading about the Lord and life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Providence 14 Mar 2007
By Basebi J. Mosinyi - Published on Amazon.com
One of the best books from Emmanuel Swedenborg. A one never to be missed if we are to understand God and the way the governs the universe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Considering Four Doctrines 10 Dec 2000
By Donald L. Brandis - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains four short introductory works by the profound Swedish writer and thinker Emanuel Swedenborg, who lived and wrote in the 1700s. His works as a whole offer thoughtful Christians a richness of insight and spiritual development comparable to the greatest religious texts of Eastern religions, like the Bhagavad Gita, the Yogasutras, the Dhammapada. These short works on faith, spiritual life, sacred scripture and the Lord show the reader some of what Swedenborg's longer works offer - a thorough renewal and revaluation of Christianity, focusing on revelation, doctrine and charity. As with all spiritual texts, these give the reader back many times the value he or she puts into working with them.
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