Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons

Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 ReasonsWhy I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Piper reflects on characteristics of Paul that are held in tension and rare to find in a man. He weaves in lightly some of his own experience and what Paul has meant to him or helped him to see. It’s a mature reflection from a lifetime of study.

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Book Review: Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavirus and ChristCoronavirus and Christ by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Piper treats the questions and fear surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic with a staunch dose of God’s sovereignty. He provides solid, biblical answers to today’s questions.

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

A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of GodA Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book goes through the book of Ruth chapter by chapter with a summary of practical application at the end. Piper blends theological and practical commentary while walking through the book. As you would expect, the book is very God-centered in interpretation and insightful in application.

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Book Review: Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship

Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as WorshipExpository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a fantastic treatment of the task of preaching. Piper aims to bring together the rigors of exposition with the beauty of Christ’s Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. He gives careful attention to various texts throughout the Bible to show how every good promised to believers in Scripture is bought by Christ’s work on the cross, so the preaching of Christ from all Scripture is not some tacked on mask or afterthought. This book is helpful on a number of levels and will help you think about the aim of preaching and how that aim is accomplished through faithful exposition.

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Book Review: Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace

Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God's GraceFive Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a good, brief walk through the doctrines of grace. It has a bit of historical background and some practical application. It is a semi-apologetic in defense of these truths and a concise explanation of the points. Piper shows these truths to be the central ground for God-glorifying salvation, assurance of faith, and anchoring our overall theological understanding of the Bible.

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