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Having proven himself as a poet, John Piper has written another masterpiece, retelling the story of Esther. This two-part poem begins with Mordecai talking with his teenage cousin Hadassah (Esther), whom he is raising. He explains how her grandfather had a prophetic dream about freedom in the land of Susa, and how his aunt and uncle (Esther's parents) began the journey. ...more
Hardcover, 63 pages
Published September 30th 2012 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 18, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
This, like all poetry, will require multiple readings.

I loved the rhyme and the rhythm. I was surprised that it centered around so much of her life that isn't written about in Scripture. I enjoy conjecture like this in a narrative, imaginative form like this, but other readers may not. It took me down a trail of whimsy and helped me imagine Esther's life before and after the parts we hear about. We're this a class assignment, every poet's account would vastly differ.

I'm curious now to read othe
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Apr 05, 2014 Angie Garcia rated it it was amazing
I had no idea John Piper wrote poetry, but I'm so glad he does. The thought never crossed my mind but, now that I know, he shows it in his sermons. The language he uses in his sermons and books is very poetic, so I'm not too surprised.

I've never been a huge fan of poetry books; I tend to enjoy poems I find here and there rather than dedicating myself to reading lists of them. However, after "Esther," I would gladly enjoy a whole book of Piper's poems.

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Apr 01, 2013 Victor Chininin rated it really liked it
A good poem. A couple of things that really stood out to me:
"What power is hid behind the mask
Of man's design?"

"Rest well, my precious Abihail
When you are weak, God will prevail
Trust now the Lord your soul to keep
He rules the nations while you sleep."
Michael Schmid
John Piper retells the beautiful story of Esther in beautiful and comprehensible poetic verse. He does not go into as much detail as the biblical account and adds his own thoughts and ideas to add other details to the story that could have happened without contradicting the biblical account.
Oct 26, 2015 Silvia rated it it was amazing
Esther, let us sing
Now, like you said, together eye
To eye. The God who made the sky
And rules the earth with awesome might,
Is wielding all the world this night
To bring this story to an end
Beyond our power to comprehend.
Feb 15, 2016 Wade rated it really liked it
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A lovely retelling of the story of Esther in a two-part poem that highlights the providential sovereignty of the God who reigns.
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On a poetic note.....I at times can be shallow....

But I got most of it.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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“...for poets, at least, experiencing something inexpressible does not mean silence. It's precisely the inexpressible something that poetry is meant to help us see or feel. If it were merely expressible - if there were nothing ineffable about it - there would be no need for a poem. But everywhere in the Bible we meet reality that exceeds our expectations.” 2 likes
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