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27 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful

, 2022
ISBN: 9781433578472
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Throughout church history, the faithful ministries of Christian leaders—though full of struggle, sin, and weakness—have magnified the worth and majesty of God. Their lives and teachings are still profoundly relevant. Their voices live on in the stories we read and tell today.

In this book, John Piper celebrates the lives of 27 such leaders from church history, offering a close look at their perseverance amidst opposition, weakness, and suffering. Let the resilience of these faithful but flawed saints inspire you toward a life of Christ-exalting courage, passion, and joy.

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  • Celebrates the lives of 27 leaders from church history
  • Offers a close look at their perseverance amidst opposition, weakness, and suffering
  • Book 1: The Legacy of Sovereign Joy
    • Augustine
      Martin Luther
      John Calvin
  • Book 2: The Hidden Smile of God
    • John Bunyan
      William Cowper
      David Brainerd
  • Book 3: The Roots of Endurance
    • John Newton
      Charles Simeon
      William Wilberforce
  • Book 4: Contending for Our All
    • Athanasius
      John Owen
      J. Gresham Machen
  • Book 5: Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ
    • William Tyndale
      John Paton
      Adoniram Judson
  • Book 6: Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully
    • George Herbert
      George Whitefield
      C. S. Lewis
  • Book 7: A Camaraderie of Confidence
    • Charles Spurgeon
      George Müller
      Hudson Taylor
  • Book 8: The Power of Doctrinal Holiness
    • Andrew Fuller
      Robert Murray McCheyne
      J. C. Ryle
  • Book 9: The Passionate Pursuit of Revival and Christ-Exalting Joy
    • Jonathan Edwards
      Martyn Lloyd-Jones
      Bill Piper

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John Piper

John Piper (b. 1946) is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. Piper resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years, and has five children and 14 grandchildren.

Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.

In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper’s sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.

Several of Piper’s books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God’s Passion for His Glory. The Crossway John Piper Collection (39 vols.) includes 39 titles from Piper, including Love Your Enemies and A Hunger for God. His preaching ministry of more than 30 years is available in the John Piper Sermon Archive (1980–2014).

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  1. James Stephen Powell
    While this is not an easy read, John Piper uncovers some powerful lessons from these past giants of the faith. I was encouraged to learn that each of these giants had flaws and struggles. They were imperfect vessels and yet God's grace was made strong in their weakness. I recommend the book. A pdf version of the book is available as a free download on John Piper's website, Desiring God.
  2. Enrique Rivera
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