John Piper’s latest book is now available: A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God. It unfolds the book of Ruth and its relevance for today.
You can read the Introduction and Chapter 1 online for free.
Here are a few blurbs:
“We live in a relativistic culture, where people are more concerned with being liked than being truthful. In A Sweet and Bitter Providence, John Piper does an outstanding job of biblically defending key truths that the church often ignores. He gives us an example of how to take a bold and educated stand on issues of race, purity, and God’s sovereignty.”
—Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Church and author of Crazy Love
“This book surprised me at how it both comforted and convicted me. And in the midst of a difficult circumstance it inspired me to look for God’s hand of providence. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from its call to purity, faith and Christ-centered hope. John Piper’s God-given gifts as a teacher and pastor are on full display in these pages. Reading this book will serve your soul.”
—Joshua Harris, pastor and author of Dug Down Deep
“With his usual clarity, candor, and insight, John Piper masterfully guides us through the short but powerful book of Ruth. More than a ‘little romance,’ Piper unpacks the book’s teaching on sovereignty, providence, grace, and glory. As we follow the account of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, our own lives are enriched and transformed. I recommend this book to all who desire to know God better through his Word.”
—Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Piper’s next book, Ruth: Under the Wings of God, comes out in a month. It contains eight poems, with illustrations, told from the standpoint of an aged Obed relaying the romance of his parents Ruth and Boaz to his grandson David.
If you want to hear the whole book of Ruth read aloud and have about 25 minutes, here’s a nice set of clips of a short film done by Mars Hill Church in Seattle. A female narrator reads the whole book in the ESV, and the film uses contemporary imagery that complements the story: