Review: A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper

In A Sweet & Bitter Providence, John Piper explores the story of Ruth and its impact on all mankind.  The lineage of David and Jesus Christ emerging through Ruth is astounding and wonderful, and a testament to the fact that God can use anyone for his glory.

I have read a few of John Piper's books, but I was a little disappointed with some of the ideas that he explored in this book.  The subtitle of the book was Sex, Race and the Sovereignty of God, and he eloquently covered the role of race (Ruth was a Moabite) and the sovereignty of God (Naomi's role of hearing her heart); however, I think that he stretched the role of sex a bit too far for application.  It is not that I disagree with his statements (masculanity / feminity roles) in general, but it seemed that they did not fit in the context of the story of Ruth.

Piper beautifully illustrates God's wonderful plan for Ruth and Naomi, and although Ruth is barren for ten years, God is preparing her for history.  Ruth's faithfulness to Naomi is a testament to the power of family.  The book was a good listen, and I received many good insights into the role of Ruth for future generations that I was not aware of previously.

The book has some good insights, and it is worth a listen if you like the story of Ruth or are a John Piper fan.

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