Book Review: The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

supremacyofgodinpreachingHow can I even begin to describe such a great book?  If you’re a preacher you should read this book!  The Supremacy of God in Preaching is one of the most helpful little books I’ve found about the privilege of expounding God’s Word.

I love this book for a few different reasons:  1) I agree with everything John Piper says in these pages, 2) this is a brief but digestible word to preachers, and 3) Piper’s approach to a book about preaching is unique.

I Agree with Everything John Piper says in The Supremacy of God in Preaching

I’ve read quite a few books on preaching, and I enjoy and glean insights from many of them, but there are usually one or two statements in all of them that really hack me off.  This anger usually arises from the author unnecessarily attacking preaching styles that are unlike his own.  Piper rises above these unnecessary attacks and simply tells it how it is.  Everything in this book is helpful.  It’s not that Piper offers no critique of certain preaching, but he does so in a winsome tone and with ample evidence to support his point.  I love the encouragement that I find in The Supremacy of God in Preaching.

This is a Brief but Digestible Word to Preachers

Applying The Supremacy of God in Preaching will probably take a lifetime, but understanding it and reading it is easy.  I was able to sit down and read (and underline the heck out of) this book in just a few hours.  I honestly believe this book will benefit anyone who preaches the Word of God.  And…it’s short enough that it can be read again and again.  I love its usability!

Piper’s Approach to a Book About Preaching is Unique

Oftentimes books about ministry seem to all arise from the same think-tank.  Books about small groups all say the same thing, books about parenting repeat again and again the same principles, and many times books about preaching just copy the preaching book that was published two years prior.  No doubt – there is a kind of comfort in hearing that everyone agrees, but there’s also a sort of boredom that comes with book after book saying the same thing.  I’m sure John Piper could have written a good book that was similar to many other books on preaching, but instead he infused his own unique approach to the subject.  Specifically, much of this book is focused on the art of preaching as seen through the eyes Jonathan Edwards.  Anyone who knows Piper well, knows that Edwards has been a huge influence on his life and ministry, so it should come as no surprise that Piper’s book on preaching is influenced by Edwards.  Piper’s exposition of Edward’s method is refreshing and unique.  He does say things that other preachers say, but says them differently.  It’s a pleasant change from the status quo.

I love this book and hope to reread it multiple times!  If you preach the Word of God, I think it will probably help you too.

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