It's easy to take the Bible for granted. We know that it's the Word of God, but do we really? We
know which books belong to it and what distinguishes these texts from ordinary religious literature,
right? Of course, we know why we trust Scripture and how to communicate that confidence to others,
or do we? Rather than take a high view of Scripture for granted, Peculiar Glory exposes another
generation to the source, authority, reliability, and truthfulness of God's written Word. Dr. Piper
has written another important, accessible, and wise account of the things that matter most."
Never has the church been in greater need of recognizing that Scripture is self-attesting. In this
important and timely book, written not just for pastors and theologians but broadly for the whole
church, Piper shows in a wonderfully rich and full way what it means not only to conform our
thinking but also to submit our worship and our lives as a whole to the self-establishing,
self-validating truth and authority of the Bible, and in doing that, to the Christ of the Bible."
There are few questions more important than 'How Do I know the Bible is God's Word?' And there are
few people who could address it as well as John Piper. Drawing from the deep theological well of
Jonathan Edwards, and with a practical eye for the average believer in the pew, Piper has helped us
recover the foundational importance of a self-authenticating Bible. This book will revolutionize the
way you think about God's Word."
In this spirited and tightly argued book, pastor-theologian John Piper seeks to ground our
confidence in the Bible's status as the Word of God by directing our attention to the 'peculiar
glory' that is manifest through its message and across its pages: the glory of the 'Lion-like
majesty' and the 'Lamb-like meekness' that radiates in the face of Jesus Christ. Here is a book on
the authority and trustworthiness of Scripture that promises to strengthen our faith in the Word of
God and to expand our capacity for wonder before the glory of God."
Piper points us to the Scripture-its authority, its historical accuracy, its total truthfulness, but
especially its beauty and power. The Scriptures are beautiful and powerful because they disclose to
us, as the Spirit opens our hearts, the loveliness and glory of Jesus Christ. Here we find
compelling arguments for the truthfulness of the Scriptures and profound meditations on the stunning
glory of God. The book captures and expresses the truth of Peter's words in John 6:68, 'Lord, to
whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'"
The classic doctrine of Scripture's self-attestation suffers when it is used as a short-cut method
of scoring evidential points or winning an argument without doing any work. But it unfolds its wings
and soars to the heavens when it is given ample space, when it is handled by somebody who shows that
when we read the Bible we are dealing with God himself in his own holy words. In this book, John
Piper throws everything he's got at the message of how God illuminates the mind and gives firm
conviction to the heart through the Bible."
John Piper has written a robust and pastoral defense of an orthodox doctrine of Scripture. Resisting
any who would render well-grounded assurance of Scripture's truthfulness the preserve of experts and
academics, his emphasis upon the self-authenticating and life-transforming glory of God they bear is
salutary and faith-affirming. We cannot properly regard Scripture without beholding its Author; the
greatest strength of Piper's treatment lies precisely in the fact his account of Scripture is so
absorbed in the beauty of the One who inspired it."
A Peculiar Glory should quickly establish itself as a modern classic on the Bible. Clearly and
methodically laying out the case for why we can have absolute confidence in the Bible as God's own
word, it gives to faith both muscle and joy. The day John Owen persuaded me that the Christian
Scriptures are self-authenticating was a glorious moment of liberation for me. I hope and expect
that John Piper will bring that same liberation to many with this book."