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21 Servants of Sovereign Joy

Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful


When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in AD 426, his successor was overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy. Declaring, “The swan is silent,” he feared the spiritual giant’s 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. This book compiles all seven volumes in John Piper’s series The Swans Are Not Silent, in which he explores the lives of Christians who have inspired generations of believers toward a greater passion for God.

Focusing on twenty-one leaders from church history, this book offers a close look at the course of their individual lives and their impact on our own spirituality today.