27 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful

By John Piper

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27 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful

By John Piper

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From Bestselling Author John Piper: 27 Biographies of Notable Figures from Church History, including Augustine, John Calvin, and Martin Luther

Throughout church history, the faithful ministries of Christian leaders—though full of struggle, sin, and weakness—have magnified the worth and majesty of God. Their lives and teachings are still profoundly relevant. Their voices live on in the stories we read and tell today.

In this book, John Piper celebrates the lives of 27 such leaders from church history, offering a close look at their perseverance amidst opposition, weakness, and suffering. Let the resilience of these faithful but flawed saints inspire you toward a life of Christ-exalting courage, passion, and joy.

  • Written by Best-Selling Author John Piper: The author of more than 50 books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeProvidenceThe Supremacy of God in PreachingExpository Exultation; and Why I Love the Apostle Paul
  • Short Biographies of 27 Inspiring Figures from Church History: Features short biographies of Augustine, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Martin Luther, John Newton, William Wilberforce, and more
  • Updated from 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Includes new chapters about Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Jonathan Edwards, Bill Piper, J. C. Ryle, Andrew Fuller, and Robert Murray McCheyne

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John Piper

John Piper is founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; and Providence.

Product Details

Category: History & Biography
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 1024
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 50.62 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7847-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7847-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433578472
Case Quantity: 12
Published: September 20, 2022

Table of Contents

Book 1: The Legacy of Sovereign Joy
Martin Luther
John Calvin

Book 2: The Hidden Smile of God
John Bunyan
William Cowper
David Brainerd

Book 3: The Roots of Endurance
John Newton
Charles Simeon
William Wilberforce

Book 4: Contending for Our All
John Owen
J. Gresham Machen

Book 5: Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ
William Tyndale
John Paton
Adoniram Judson

Book 6: Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully
George Herbert
George Whitefield
C. S. Lewis

Book 7: A Camaraderie of Confidence
Charles Spurgeon
George Müller
Hudson Taylor

Book 8: The Power of Doctrinal Holiness
Andrew Fuller
Robert Murray McCheyne
J. C. Ryle

Book 9: The Passionate Pursuit of Revival and Christ-Exalting Joy
Jonathan Edwards
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Bill Piper


“These studies are gems, often looking at well-known figures in a fresh light. Now we have all twenty-seven of these studies brought together in one fat volume. If you want to be stirred and challenged by the Christ who stirred and challenged these twenty-seven servants of sovereign joy, look no further.”
D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

27 Servants of Sovereign Joy is a landmark book. A cursory look at the table of contents might lead one to expect a retreading of familiar material, but the book is a triumph of originality—so much so that I do not hesitate to call it a page-turner. Piper does a wonderful job of taking us into unexpected corners of his subjects’ lives and writings. The book is a monument of research and scholarship. Of course, the final effect is spiritual edification, which the book conveys in abundance. The scope of the book and quantity of detail is breathtaking.”
Leland Ryken, Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College

“Good biographies are almost like another kind of Bible commentary, illustrating and confirming the faithfulness of God in the lives of his people. This collection brings together portraits from a variety of times and contexts that can hugely enrich us in our own. Highly recommended.”
Sam Allberry, pastor; apologist; author, What God Has to Say about Our Bodies

“John Piper is a vivacious storyteller with a profound ability to weave together a meticulously intimate portrait of God’s sovereign joy set ablaze in the human story. These twenty-seven biographies are a passionately compelling reminder that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that bid us to persistently endure the race set before us. What a gift to have this compilation now in one volume—highly accessible, warmly pastoral, and decidedly focused on the grace of Christ shining through the lives of sinners, chosen by God, and used for his glory.”
Dustin Benge, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The Loveliest Place

27 Servants of Sovereign Joy is a cornucopia of moving and motivating biographies of leaders whose lives have left a lasting impact. John Piper’s assembly of heroes reveals a company of struggling saints who nevertheless faithfully persevered through weakness, doubt, and adversity. These tales told by a master storyteller will inspire and encourage both leaders and readers to deeper commitment for Christ.”
Peter Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary