Friday, January 1, 2010
In Store Now - A Sweet & Bitter Providence
For many this will not sit well. They are somehow more comforted by making God part of the plight rather than part of the solution. It seems to me this solicits our sympathy more than our confidence in God. As a parent who has lost a child I know the pain I could only formerly imagine. But through it all I never lost hope that God was working. I don't say that to boast about anything in me but to rather testify that God can sustain us through the darkest and most painful moments precisely because he can and does. Piper does not write from ivory towers but as a pastor who has consoled his people with the truths he finds here and throughout Scripture. The other themes of the book, sex and race, are interwoven and Piper provides helpful and wise advice in both areas. He ends the book with seven appeals: 1) Study the Scriptures, 2) pursue sexual purity, 3) pursue mature manhood and womanhood, 4) embrace ethnic diversity, 5) trust the sovereignty of God, 6) take the risks of love, and 7) live and sing to the glory of Christ. I enjoyed this book and wish it a wide readership.
It is a hardcover with 160 pages (I read it in a day.) from Crossway publishers and sells for $17.99.