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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Piper Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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Sex. Race. Scripture. Sovereignty. The book of Ruth entails them all. So listeners shouldn't be fooled by its age, says Pastor John Piper. Though its events happened over 3,000 years ago, the story holds astounding relevance for Christians in the 21st century.

The sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, and the gospel of God's mercy for the undeserving - these massive realities never change. And since God is still sovereign, and we are male or female, and Jesus is alive and powerful, A Sweet & Bitter Providence bears a message for listeners from all walks of life. But be warned, Piper tells his audience: This ancient love affair between Boaz and Ruth could be dangerous, inspiring all of us to great risks in the cause of love.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/10/2014

    " Piper shows with a case study what Ravi Zacharias teaches in The Grand Weaver: God's sovereignty turns all things to our good. When our dreams are shadowed by painful circumstances and impossibility threatens to take them away altogether, we need to take a good look at Who our God really is. His Word tells us, and the accounts of people's lives contained in it show us exactly why we can trust Him with our lives. Events are not random. God's love is perfect, and His plan perfectly works all things for our good to His glory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giju Abraham | 10/2/2013

    " An interesting exposition on the life of Ruth and Naomi. John Piper helps us draw lessons in the providence of God from their story - how from a situation of complete hopelessness, God transforms the lives of Naomi and Ruth when they meet Boaz. The book is written in an interesting way and constantly relates the story to our present life experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Deming | 8/26/2013

    " Best part of this book is his discourse of God's Favor toward us and Boaz's blessing over Ruth "in the shadow of His wings" in Ruth 2:10-12. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DD | 8/22/2013

    " Excellent. Read it more as a devotional which I liked. I read in small chunks and felt I absorbed it more. Piper goes deep, but is easy to understand. I learned a lot about the book of Ruth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 8/5/2013

    " A quick read that offered much insight into the book of Ruth. Would be great to use for a week of devotions in Ruth...each chapter corresponds to a chapter of Ruth. Very, very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riz | 12/31/2012

    " Great rendition of God's sovereignty. Nothing is an accident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/18/2012

    " Solid but repetitive. Some good passages and thoughts about sovereignty... Easily completed in an afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 5/3/2012

    " This will be a re-read for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 5/2/2012

    " A sermon series on Ruth transferred to a book. The book causes you to measure internally racial issues you might not know exist in you "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/27/2011

    " Every time I read one of Piper's books, I'm reminded how much I enjoy his works. I get a real thirst for Scripture and a greater desire to know my Lord and Savior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri Lackey | 5/1/2011

    " The best study of the book of Ruth I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 4/2/2011

    " The best study of the book of Ruth I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 anna | 1/29/2011

    " Read this with a book club, we stretched it out and really contemplated each chapter. Piper is gifted in explaining the ways of God that we don't always understand. He is encouraging in his ability to acknowledge the place of suffering but yet he doesn't leave you there. Loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 7/21/2010

    " I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in the providence of God and especially to those who do not. Our God—the God of the Scriptures deals in sweet and bitter ways but they are all His works and they are all ultimately good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jed | 5/16/2010

    " Pretty neat look at the book of Ruth from a God Doesn't Mess Around Also He's Very Concerned About Being Awesome In The For Real Sense standpoint.
    Piper is so honest, smart, and excited about the glory of God and the beauty of righteousness that reading him is always a pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riz | 3/21/2010

    " Great rendition of God's sovereignty. Nothing is an accident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/5/2010

    " Best part of this book is his discourse of God's Favor toward us and Boaz's blessing over Ruth "in the shadow of His wings" in Ruth 2:10-12. "

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About the Author
Author John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God and Let the Nations Be Glad!

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.