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.
“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, New York Times bestselling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
“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 III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Westmont College; author, Confronting Old Testament Controversies