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New from Best-Selling Author John Piper

From Genesis to Revelation, the providence of God directs the entire course of redemptive history. Providence is "God's purposeful sovereignty." Its extent reaches down to the flight of electrons, up to the movements of galaxies, and into the heart of man. Its nature is wise and just and good. And its goal is the Christ-exalting glori
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Hardcover, 752 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Crossway Books
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David Steele
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
2020 was a year of pain, suffering, and anguish. COVID-19 impacted countless lives, crushed the economy, overwhelmed our health care system, and influenced the presidential election. By mid-December, the virus claimed over 300,000 lives in the United States alone. We were told what is classified as "essential" and what is not deemed "essential." Stay home-stay orders, social distancing, wearing masks became a normal part of daily lives.

The lockdowns had a devastating effect on thousands of peopl
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Christian Barrett
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this book. Piper builds from a concept that ultimately God is for God, therefore all of his workings are for his own glory. From this premise Piper moves to argue that the salvation of his people is the benefactor of God glorifying Himself. In defense of this he argues that in order for God to ensure this desire He must work providentially in all things. To defend this argument Piper first starts by working through the Scriptures to show that there is no do ...more
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
John Piper has described this 750-page book as his magnum opus, and it's easy to see why. It ties together so many themes that Piper has stressed throughout his ministry, all in support of the strongest possible defense of the Lord's sovereign control over every atom in the universe, without ever falling over into fatalism/hypercalvinism. Piper names his book after providence rather than sovereignty because he sees providence as "sovereignty applied," if you will--God's planning of all things, i ...more
Amber Thiessen
What do we believe about how God acts in the world?

It's a deep question, that calls into question what we believe about who God is, and his work in us, and around us.

The world we live in right now seems complicated. We have probably wondered what God could possibly be doing in all the chaos that we feel and that we see. When everything seems like it's out of control, our thoughts race and our minds run in circles. Do we pause and wonder who it is we know God to be?

In our responses to the pandemi
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Zach Barnhart
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Review forthcoming. For now, one word: Magisterial.
Dr. Z
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous book. No surprises for anyone who has read much Piper, but here it is all in one place. Remarkably easy to read for a 700 pg book, the length includes many biblical quotations and clear explanations. The short chapters are grouped 2 or 3 at a time into "sections" which in turn are grouped into "parts," so there are a lot of chunks one can move through. That to say, there's no reason any reader couldn't handle this. Less of an "aha" kind of book and more one that groups the cumulative ...more
Becky Pliego
This book is pure gold. Beautiful all the the through.

Mhughessc
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
John Piper, well-known Christian author and pastor, is renowned for his ability to preach the Bible. In this book, Piper explains the concept of providence, and its effects on the Christian life. Providence is described by Piper as "God's purposeful sovereignty" (p.155). This book is divided into the following aspects of providence: its goal, nature, and extent. Most of the book was too deep for a regular person like me, but I could see how theologians and pastors would really enjoy this book an ...more
Melissa
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a meaty book, meaning it is extremlly long but John writes in such an engaging way that I didn’t mind plowing through and reading his insights.

So much good stuff in here and a wonderful reminder of God’s providence. I highlighted so many thoughts but honestly I can’t share them all, that would be its own book.

One thing I remember reading that really stuck with me due to our current political climate, no matter what side you voted for, is that God puts kings on thrones and removes them. I
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Lucas Bradburn
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal.
J.T.
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. Second only to Piper's Desiring God and just a bit ahead of Future Grace as my rankings would have it.

Piper's gladness towards the Biblical reality of God's sovereignty in action (Providence) is pervasive through every page. And it is winsome. And it is clear and accessible.

This will be a book cherished and read for centuries. Mark my words.
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Patrick S.
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to talk about is the length. While some may be intimidated by an almost 800-page book, the structure of it is perfectly laid out. Broken up into 3 parts, 9 sections, and a good number of headings within the pages (and also a good-sized font), this is a surprisingly quicker read than one would suspect.

Right from the get-go, Piper makes the entire book worth it just for his discussion on the definition and clarification on what "divine providence" is. He takes a more positiv
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Bronwyn Boots
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this book. Piper builds from a concept that ultimately God is for God, therefore all of his workings are for his own glory. From this premise Piper moves to argue that the salvation of his people is the benefactor of God glorifying Himself. In defense of this he argues that in order for God to ensure this desire He must work providentially in all things. To defend this argument Piper first starts by working through the Scriptures to show that there is no do ...more
Jorge Cardenas
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Piper's mature thoughts on Providence are contained in this book. He tackles the subject from a broader Augustinian perspective, and specifically from a Calvinistic point of view. His book is expansive on Piper's previous treatments on justification and predestination and his main backbone for the book is:

Goal (I like that he defines Providence as intentional towards all creation and specifically for man)
Nature (Well grounded on Christology following the best of the Reformed tradition and broade
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Joshua Arnold
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I have read many great works, many works of the Puritans, many of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ books, and this is easily in my top 10, possibly in my top 5 best books I’ve ever read.

The Lord really blessed the work of John Piper’s in this work. He covers so much on providence, from Genesis to Revelation, systematically. I started reading this, and put aside the several other books I was reading in my rotation so that I could focus on this alon
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Michael Kane
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book by John Piper that I have read. The first was Don't Waste Your Life. They are the most helpful books in my life by a living Christian. Along with the Bible, Charles Spurgeon and C S Lewis, Piper has encouraged me greatly throughout my life. I can understand how God uses everything I do to bring about His will through the many Bible verses and examples Piper uses. God used a gentile prostitute, Rahab, in the line of Jesus. God uses sinners and none of His plans are ever sto ...more
Adam Kareus
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If anyone wants to dive into the deep end of what it means that God is sovereign or in control... this is the book for you. John Piper lays out the truth if Scripture that God is sovereignly in control of everything. He uses the lens of providence which he defines as purposeful sovereignty... that what God sees, he sees to. He extensively walks through not just the definition and goal of providence, but its extent and nature. It is this last area, extent and nature, that makes up the bulk of the ...more
Andy Bintoro
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quite a long read, more on theological side of providence, though the content also connected with soteriology.
Jack Fitzgibbons
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
A comprehensive look at the purposeful sovereignty of God. Few books have left me with a desire to worship like this one. Can not recommend it enough
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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 Bethel Co
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