Ask me what are the two most life-impacting … heart-nourishing … Awesome-Lord-revealing books I have ever read in my life beyond the Bible — and I can give you my answer in a split second. The first one is Dane Ortlund’s book, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers — and the second one is what this post is all about. It is John Piper’s book, Providence. Both of them are equally my favorite.
If you haven’t read John Piper’s book, Providence … you really-really-really need to. Here is the review I posted on Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is now the most important book Piper has ever written
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
John Piper’s new book — Providence — is, in my assessment, the crowning achievement of his ministry as a God-glorifying author. The vast scope and depth of this book could only have been written by a person who has soaked in the Word of God for decades. I have all of Piper’s previous books — and I can now say that this is his best book.
A quick glance at the table of contents will show that he very carefully takes the reader though the entire Bible on a journey of grasping the awesome glory of God and His ways in our world. One of the most important long-term blessings of this book is that both a General index AND a Scripture index of its more than 3,000 (!) verse references are included at the back. The Scripture index makes this volume a treasure to draw from as one studies the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I will now be using this great new resource in my own study of God’s Word on a regular basis. It is clearly the longest book that Piper has ever written — and it deals with the most grand subject he has ever taken on as an author. And the well-crafted manner in which the book is both laid out — and in which Piper unfolds the message — make this a book that is hard to put down. While the message of this book is profound — it is amazingly easy to read. Piper’s 45 short chapters have topic breaks every page or so — which I find make fantastic bite-sized sections (a few at a time) to read and add to my daily Bible reading and mediation. This book is that good!
The book is absolutely soaked in texts of Scripture — and as has been true of Piper throughout his ministry as a writer — he is committed to dealing with the hard issues that surface as we seek to grasp the message of the Bible. Simply put — this volume will stand out, in my opinion, as the high point amidst all of the other amazing books that have come from the pen of John Piper. It has my highest recommendation!