The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd
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Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Swans Are Not Silent
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Takes you through the difficult lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd to discover how God takes the privilege of faith and strengthens it with trials so that you experience a greater hunger for him.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Dont Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in A.D. 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, The swan is silent, fearing the spiritual giants voice would be lost in time. But for 1,600 years Augustine has not been silent---and neither have the men who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. Their lives have inspired every generation of believers and should compel us to a greater passion for God.
In this noteworthy Swans Are Not Silent book, John Piper invites you into the lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd to discover how God takes the privilege of faith and strengthens it with trials so that we experience a greater hunger for him. The perseverance of these godly servants exemplifies the essential fruit that affliction can produce in your own life. Their enduring faith will fortify you in your suffering, reminding you that behind a frowning providence, God hides a smiling face. And their stories and witness will inspire in you a similar passion for the supremacy of God in your life.
Nancy StewartHouston TXAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great entry in a great seriesJanuary 30, 2015Nancy StewartHouston TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read this book some years ago, maybe 8, but I just bought it last month, along with the rest of the series, to give my nephew for Christmas, as he wanted biographies of great Christians of the past. I can't tell you specifics about the book, I can only say that I had a positive enough memory to invest in the series for my beloved nephew. The people covered are interesting, and the bios are each short enough to maintain interest but give you enough info on the man to educate you. If you find one person particularly interesting, you can go out and find a full-length biography. This is a good starter series.