A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God

A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God
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Piper, John

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John Piper examines the book of Ruth's relevant, unchanging themes and its dangerous ability to inspire twenty-first-century readers in the cause of love.

Sex. Race. Scripture. Sovereignty. The book of Ruth entails them all. So readers shouldn't be fooled by its age, says Pastor John Piper. Though its events happened over 3,000 years ago, the story holds astounding relevance for Christians in the twenty-first century.

The sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, and the gospel of God's mercy for the undeserving-these massive realities never change. And since God is still sovereign, and we are male or female, and Jesus is alive and powerful, A Sweet and Bitter Providence bears a message for readers from all walks of life. But be warned, Piper tells his audience: This ancient love affair between Boaz and Ruth could be dangerous, inspiring all of us to great risks in the cause of love.

About the Author

ECPA Gold Medallion winner John Piper is senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and the head of Desiring God. He has written numerous books on topics that include personal holiness, missions and historical figures.

Book Details

160 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: January 2010
ISBN 10: 1433514370
ISBN 13: 9781433514371

"Like so many, I love Dr. Piper because he helps me to love the God of the Bible. And, in A Sweet and Bitter Providence, he has done it yet again."
- Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church

"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

"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 tuths 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