Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God: Sweet and Bitter Providence in the Book of Ruth

By John Piper

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Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God: Sweet and Bitter Providence in the Book of Ruth

By John Piper

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John Piper Reveals Timeless Cultural Themes in the Old Testament Story of Ruth

SexRaceScriptureSovereignty. The book of Ruth doesn’t shy away from addressing them all head on. Though it recounts events from 3,000 years ago, this ancient story of a poor widow seeking protection in a foreign land holds surprising relevance for Christians in the twenty-first century. In Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God (previously titled A Sweet and Bitter Providence), John Piper explores unchanging truths and inspiring hope in the life of Ruth.

  • Topical: Dives into cultural issues including biblical examples of manhood and womanhood, ethnic diversity and harmony, and God’s mysterious purposes in suffering
  • Understand God’s Providence in Ruth’s Story: Follows her mother-in-law Naomi’s anguish and loss, Ruth’s relationship with Boaz, and her family’s ultimate lineage to David
  • Study Key Biblical Themes: Explains the sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, the gospel of God’s mercy for the undeserving, and the glory of God’s grace

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John Piper

John Piper is founder and lead teacher of 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: Culture & Social Issues
Christian Living
Bible Studies & Devotionals
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 6.11 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8178-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8178-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433581786
Case Quantity: 72
Published: August 23, 2022

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sweet and Bitter Providence
Chapter 2: Under the Wings of God
Chapter 3: Strategic Righteousness
Chapter 4: May My Redeemer Be Renowned

Final Appeals
Scripture Index
Person Index
Subject Index
Resources Page


“We live in a relativistic culture, where people are more concerned with being liked than being truthful. In Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God, 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, Crazy Love Ministries; pastor; author, Crazy Love and Letters to the Church

“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