The Legacy of Sovereign Joy
God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
Book One of Piper’s The Swans are not Silent series of biographies, this volume covers God’s triumphant grace in the lives of Augustine, Martin Luther and John Calvin. Taken together, the experience and vision of God shared by these three may awaken in you a similar longing for a firm resolve for spiritual discipline and a passion to know God more fully. Note: only available now in paperback. Hardcover edition is out of print.
Sovereign Joy was Augustine’s song of grace, and it was unprecedented. His discovery of satisfaction in God alone delivered him from a lifetime of bondage to lust and pride–and offers us the same kind of freedom.
Sacred Study and the supremacy of the Word of God was Luther’s cry. Through him we come to see the outpouring of joy that flows from the Scriptures–and from knowing their Author.
The majesty of the Gospel so captivated Calvin that he bequeathed to us a legacy of God entranced preaching that has resonated throughout 500 years of Christian history. Likewise, he opens our eyes to the pure delight of declaring, receiving, and acting upon the Word.
Taken together, their experience and vision of God may awaken in you a similar longing for wiser living, a firm resolve for the spiritual disciplines, and a boundless passion to experience God’s power and glory in your life.
About the Author
John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren. Besides The Roots of Endurance he has written numerous other biographical volumes.
Table of Contents
- Sovereign Joy: The Liberating Power of Holy Pleasure in the Life and Thought of St. Augustine
- Sacred Study: Martin Luther and the External Word
- The Divine Majesty of the Word: John Calvin, the Man and His Preaching
Conclusion: Four Lessons from the Lives of Flawed Saints