The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin; softcoverJohn PiperCrossway / 2006 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5uplifting reading which reveals God's graceMay 28, 2011Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleJohn Piper's biographies are written with a pastor's eye and so are more than just the story of a famous individual. Rather, they focus on how the person ticked, and how they lived for Jesus. This book looks at 3 great men in the history of the Church, and even though each man had serious flaws, Piper points out the evidences of God's grace and how these men were used so mightily for God.
It would be hard to pick three more trans-formative individuals in church history than the three Piper surveys in this book. He focuses on the pastoral heart and preaching of John Calvin. He looks at Augustine's dramatic conversion from the bondage of sin. And with Luther, he focuses on his study and work as a scholar. The thread that binds the lives of these men is the power of joy in their lives. Or you could say the presence of sovereign joy in their personal lives and ministries.
This short book offers an excellent introduction to the life and legacy of each of these towering figures from church history. But it offers much more. Piper knows just how to peel back the curtain, as it were, and show us how these men tick. He finds their heart for Christ and aims to encourage us all to follow in their footsteps.
Carol Dame5 Stars Out Of 5July 9, 2008Carol DameThis book presents a clear and concise description of each of these men and their contribution to the exposition of Scripture.Once you start reading it you will not want to put it down.
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