Sex. Race. Scripture. Sovereignty. The book of Ruth doesn’t shy away from addressing them all head on. Though it recounts events from 3,000 years ago, this ancient story of a poor widow seeking protection in a foreign land holds surprising relevance for Christians in the twenty-first century. In Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God (previously titled A Sweet and Bitter Providence), John Piper explores unchanging truths and inspiring hope in the life of Ruth.
- Topical: Dives into cultural issues including biblical examples of manhood and womanhood, ethnic diversity and harmony, and God’s mysterious purposes in suffering
- Understand God’s Providence in Ruth’s Story: Follows her mother-in-law Naomi’s anguish and loss, Ruth’s relationship with Boaz, and her family’s ultimate lineage to David
- Study Key Biblical Themes: Explains the sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, the gospel of God’s mercy for the undeserving, and the glory of God’s grace
We live in a relativistic culture, where people are more concerned with being liked than being truthful. In Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper does an outstanding job of biblically defending key truths that the church often ignores. He gives us an example of how to take a bold and educated stand on issues of race, purity, and God’s sovereignty. Francis Chan, Crazy Love Ministries
With his usual clarity, candor, and insight, John Piper masterfully guides us through the short but powerful book of Ruth. More than a ‘little romance,’ Piper unpacks the book’s teaching on sovereignty, providence, grace, and glory. As we follow the account of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, our own lives are enriched and transformed. I recommend this book to all who desire to know God better through his Word. Tremper Longman, Professor, Westmont College