Here is the Table of Contents

In the cases of past books, sharing the introduction seemed the best way to provide a meaningful preview. For my new book, I thought this post plus the table of contents offered the best way to summarize the range of ideas the book explores. Here are the book’s chapter headings:

YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU
By Peter Zelinski

Table of Contents

Introduction: Your Mind Was Changed

PART I: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU

Chapter 1: In Defense of Unbelief
One cannot choose to be born.

Chapter 2: It Matters
To misunderstand why we believe is potentially to misunderstand your mission.

Chapter 3: The Synthesis of John
It took nearly the entire first century to understand who had lived among us.

Chapter 4: The Sheep Have Waited for the Shepherd
Nicodemus had high regard for Jesus, but was not a believer in Christ.

Chapter 5: Does God Desire All Men to Be Saved?
He has saved according to his grace, given before time began.

Chapter 6: Mixed Feelings About Miracles
Who were the believers to whom Jesus drew near?

Chapter 7: He Chooses
He has done so from the beginning.

Chapter 8: Where Body and Soul are Destroyed
Infinite torment is not real.

Chapter 9: Can I Know That I Am Saved?
You can know this about yourself. You cannot know it about another.

Chapter 10: The Apostles’ Awakening
When the apostles were with Jesus, they had not yet been born again.

Chapter 11: You Were Chosen
The world had you in its spell, so you were taken against your will.

PART II: WHY IT HAPPENED

Chapter 12: Does God Want People in Heaven?
God’s aim, and his aim for his chosen, is presented all throughout scripture.

Chapter 13: The Meaning of “Believe in Him”
The belief of the sheep finds its full explanation in Jesus.

Chapter 14: Futility Falls Away
Look upon death and live.

Chapter 15: Timeless Life
Jesus spoke of life, and not just life after death.

PART III: WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Chapter 16: The Slender Trail of Joy
The world will be remade through our decision to choose freedom and life.

Chapter 17: Afflicted by God
“If you love me, keep my commands” is not a dare, but the solution to a problem.

Chapter 18: Love Without Distinction
The commands of Christ advance indiscriminate love.

Chapter 19: Make Disciples, Not Converts
Evangelism is not proselytizing. Evangelism is feeding sheep.

Chapter 20: What is Joy?
Make your life not a sacrifice, but a living sacrifice. Jesus gives permission.

Chapter 21: No Longer Asleep
Our focus is on the gift.