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John Piper delivers powerful biblical reassurances to bolster readers' trust in the sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Christ when evil and tragedy come.

If God governs the sinful acts of men, then does the devastation caused by those terrorists, dictators, murderers, cheats, and abusers discredit Jesus' words: "All authority in heaven and earth belongs to me"? When he
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Hardcover, 121 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Crossway Books
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Kara Larson
Read for a Christian Education (CE) class at Redeemer. Mind blowing...

"The apex of evil was the apex of grace."
"You meant, God meant." God doesn't react to what man meant. God is acting in what man is doing.
"He does all things for his glory and names sake."
"God's plan to save as through grace was not a response to human decisions to sin. Saving grace was the plan that made sin necessary."
"The aim of this book has been to show that over and over in the history of the world, the epoch-making sins
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Nat
Feb 20, 2013 Nat rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who wants to understand "why?"
Shelves: kindle, religious
This is one of Piper's easier books to read. Adapted from a series of messages, it's also short as well. I read it in less than four hours.

Why does God allow sin? Why does God allow Satan to get away with what he does? Why not destroy sin when it first appeared in Satan and/or man?

These are some of the questions that Piper attempts to answer using "spectacular sins" in the Bible (the fall, tower of Babel, Joseph being sold into slavery, Israel's demand for a king, and the betrayal of Judas Iscar
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Cody Brobst
Spectacular book. It brings together in a simple read, the major categories of evil that we can think of today. Adam's fall, Satan and demons, the cross, the betrayal of Judas, our personal sin, Joseph's slavery, etc. and expounds upon them in such a way that I will never again think of evil as simply "bad, negative, unfortunate" without seeing it through the window of God's grand purposes and always realizing God is behind all of it, ordained it, not just in a Calvinist theology way, but in a w ...more
Stephen
This very thin 100 page book, is packed with meaning. The saying holds true, 'the more the words the less the meaning'. It covers the More Full Understanding of God's Sovereignty and how sin is used in the world to Serve His Purposes. In that regard, we read how how Grace is also more than the girl next door or candy coated goodness. The outside understanding then is to the reader, if you've ever wondered why their is evil in the world, this book might well answer your questions. Bearing in min ...more
Tony Huy
Great book!!!
Dhinesh
When I first saw this title I couldn't grasp its meaning. When I read through the chapters I was awestruck by the depth of its meaning.
Piper gives profound explanation of how the most spectacular sins ever committed since the beginning of this world serves and exist to glorify Christ through all ages and ages to come.

This book totally has 8 chapters each stating the most spectacular sin ever committed against God by human and angels (lucifer and his army) and how God allowed or permitted such b
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Sherly Holmes
And Christ "will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." (Heb 9:28). And "on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written"---not king of the Jews, but "King of all kings and Lord of lords." (Rev. 19:16). Amen. Come, King Jesus.

I was paralysed the whole time I was reading this passage from the book. Perhaps, the truth that someday all of the pain we suffer now will become just mere phantoms and justice will come to every one of us, making
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Laura
In this short book, John Piper calls the church to prepare for suffering.

Are you ready?

Scripture tells us that the Christian life involves joy and pain, fellowship and persecution, contentment and suffering. We are to be always joyful and always sorrowful - content in all circumstances.

How? Piper makes the case that sound understanding of the truth - deep understanding and acceptance that God is sovereign and in control - is an anchor holding us secure during the blows of life. God ordains and
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David
What do you think when somebody intentionally hurts you? An ex ruins your finances? A co-worker spoils your reputation? A company for profit terminates your job leaving your family helpless? A senseless tragedy strikes you to the core? Wimpy theology leads to wimpy Christians.
If you have ever wondered where God is when suffering comes your way, when indescribable evil strikes your core, then this book will give you convictions from theology, courage for your fears, and comfort from the promises
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Blake
pretty typical Piper (which is in no way a slam!). Best part for me was the intro/chapter on the sovereignty of God over sin chapter (I think ch2 or 3) when he starts talking about 2Tim 2:9 and how grace was planned before sin was there to need it. In other words, grace made sin necessary...not the other way around. The next few chapters were examples of this happening...good, but a little tedious. Can't wait to finish it, ends with the cross (conquering sin through sin).

I recommend it...it's a
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Chad Duke
It was good, and I did agree, but the read was a little dry.
Jordathan
one of Piper's best. profound thoughts are packed onto every page.
L
I could only do one chapter at a time...mind-blowing!
Jessica Beckett
On the topic of sin it was interesting but not my favorite
Jeanie
Classic John Piper getting to the heart of the matter. The greatness of our salvation. The aim of his book is to show over the history of the world how God purposes to glorify his Son and save his people from sin. He goes thru the "spectacular" sins of the bible and shows how God's purpose was revealed and the Glory of Christ shown. During times such as what we are living today, this is a great encouragement, it is also a great study of the character of God and great salvation that we have in Je ...more
Jennifer
John Piper presents sin and satan in a totally different way. You come away with a different view on everything. All things work together for good...even the evil sins that have occured in this world. God is in control and He has the master plan. Ultimately Satan's defeat with be miraculous and even the evil Satan has done will be turned to the Glory of God. As he states in the book, we, in the western churches, have been coddled too much and it's time for the truth to be revealed.
Mark
How is the God glorified in a world of spectacular sins? In this short but insightful book, John Piper addresses this question through the stories of Adam, the fall of Satan, the Tower of Babel, Joseph, and Jesus. God does not find sin and evil in the world and then make a plan to remedy it. He is not surprised by it. Rather, He had the plan before the ages for Jesus Christ to be glorified in it. Great little book (and free as an ebook), and it won't take you much time to read.
melissa
A wonderful book that I have found myself sharing w/ people time & time again these days! Although the principles in this book are things that I have heard, read, and/or studied before, it was so powerful to pick apart big sins of the Bible & be able to see how they each (like all things) serve in displaying the Glory of Christ! Believing these truths & knowing this God will give you a peace deeper than anything else & prepare you for the difficulties promised to us all.
Eric
I have learned that Western Christians are coddled, self included. We are not prepared to live out our faith in a world truly hostile to our faith. Carrying the cross like it is an electric chair or lethal injection - but for bringing glory to the one who died on the Cross for our sins - is the only way to live the Christian life. If we lived like winsome martyrs, the world would take notice. I have been awakened from slumber by reading this book. It can be read in an hour.
Jelinas
Books like this remind me why Piper is my favorite Christian author.

Pastor Piper has taken a difficult issue -- the existence of evil -- and really done it justice.

I don't know how he manages to be both brief and thorough, but he approaches the subject from a heavenly perspective.

It's a true comfort to any follower of Christ to know that not even evil exists outside of God's sovereignty.

This is a true must-read, and an instant Christian classic.
Scott
Dec 04, 2009 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
A spectacular book. The theme is simply that God is sovereign over all things, even evil. He is in the business of completely foiling evil by bringing good out of it. The death of Christ was the most spectacular sin, yet out of it has come salvation for those from out of every tribe, tongue, and nation. This is how we should view evil in our own life. God has allowed it. He allows it for a purpose, his glory and our good. Accept it and trust in him.
Mark A Powell
Piper examines the connection between God’s sovereignty and the reality of sin. While God cannot sin, God can and does use sin to accomplish His ultimate purpose. From the sale of Joseph into slavery to the crucifixion of Christ, the most ‘spectacular sins’ in Scripture are actually part of God’s divine purpose. It’s not just that God made good from these things, but that He actually meant these very sins for good. A thought-provoking, highly-recommended read.
Wes F
A good, short read from John Piper that illustrates the sovereignty of God in all things--for His eternal purposes in/through Christ in all things.
Dustin
Why in the world does God allow sin? I might not make sense at first, but Piper does a fantastic job using the Bible to explain the reason why; God ordains spectacular sin for the global glory of His Son, Jesus Christ! Matt Chandler states on the back of the book that, "I don't think I"ll ever be able to preach the same again". I can certainly understand where he's coming from now, wow! Buy this, read this, and then read this again.
Mackad
A must read to all leaders.
Be ready to be challenged!
It opens a small window that gives you an insight of the divine panorama through the Word of God.

David
This is a very short book; however, the length of the book does not determine its edifying affect. Piper does an excellent job of showing how God meant for sin/evil/suffering to occur for His glory alone. How God is most glorified throughout this process. It does a good job of answering the wrong christian question of why do bad things happen to good people. I would strongly suggest this to all.
Robyn
A good book. the title is pretty self explanatory. Piper writes about how God is sovereign over sin, it does not hold him back or get in his way, he uses and intended it to further his purpose. I didn't always find the book clear (I'm not entirely sure how Pharaoh sinned if God purposely hardened his heart or how God didn't help encourage sin). I may read it again.
Jeremy
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I am a big fan of Piper's writings and own most of his works, but this one frustrated me. I have really enjoyed Ravi Zacharias' handling of the meaning of evil and suffering, and it felt to me that in this work Piper raised questions I hadn't thought to ask before, and then answered them only superficially.

Stacey
piper always delivers a deep ,thoughtful look at at the Theology we need to truely live as Christians. This book is a bit of a departure from his usually positive style. Tough times are coming and we, Christians, are not ready. We must understand who God is and how he operates in order to hang on through difficult days. Highly recommend this book.
Alasdair Peterson
Excellent treatment of how God plans for everything, even the horrible sins of rebellious sinners to bring glory to his Son. Piper looks again at overly familiar passages to point out things which we are so prone to skim over. He then teases out their meaning to reassure us of God's complete sovereignty, goodness and wisdom. An inspiring read.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org 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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