At one time, I copied the entire book of Ruth into a notebook. I've also completed at least one bible-study on the book of Ruth. A Sweet And Bitter Providence by John Piper is a book that teaches on the book of Ruth but this book went places I never went when I was studying this well-known Old Testament book.
Have you ever thought that there are lessons about race in Ruth? John Piper thought of that and expounds on it beautifully in A Sweet and Bitter Providence. There are also many poignant minutes where you are candidly spoken to about sexual purity in this book. This would be a great book for a single man or woman to be encouraged to remain pure.
A brief book, 3.8 hours, there is quite a bit of information to be found in A Sweet and Bitter Providence. Although it is an exposition of Ruth, Mr. Piper is all over the bible. As he makes a point, he supports it with scriptures from both the old and new testament. Throughout A Sweet and Bitter Providence John Piper is listing specific scriptures to direct our thoughts and support his interpretation of the book of Ruth.
Once many years ago, I was questioning my Uncle about someone who did not believe in God. Uncle Dave told me that he was convinced that God was at work in the lives of those who don't believe in order to bring them to faith in Him. Mr. Piper supports that in his book A Sweet and Bitter Providence. As with many, many other points he makes throughout the book, this resonated with me as I reflected on the various times in my life when I saw God working in my life and the lives of others.
Filled with good bible teaching, A Sweet and Bitter Providence also is filled with lots of stories to illustrate his point. This makes it easy to listen to the book and stay with it. It's like listening to a really well-delivered sermon. It is easy to hear and pay attention.
The narrator, Grover Gardner, will be familiar to you if you've listened to many other audios produced by Christian Audio. His deep voice is authoritative and pleasant. He uses a lot of intonation, so that the words don't blend together as you're listening.
I would recommend A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper. But be forewarned, you will want to dive into Ruth for yourself after listening to this audio book. It will make you look at the fabulous love story of Ruth in a whole different way.
I was provided with an audio copy of A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper by ChristianAudio.com in exchange for this unbiased review.