Tested by Fire

Tested by Fire

The stories of Bunyan, Cowpur & Brainerd show us how God's power is made perfect in weakness.

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There is a certain irony to the fruit of suffering.

-Bunyan's confinement taught him the pilgrim path of Christian freedom.
-Cowper's mental illness yielded sweet music of the mind for troubled souls.
-Brainerd's smouldering misery of isolation and disease exploded in a global mission beyond all imagination.

'Irony and disproportion are all God's way,' says John Piper. 'We think we know how to do something big, and God makes it little. We think that all we have is weak and small, and God makes it big. Barren Sarah gives birth to the child of promise. Gideon's three hundred men defeat a hundred thousand Midianites. A slingshot in the hand of a shepherd boy brings the giant down. A virgin bears the Son of God. A boys five loaves feed thousands. A breach of justice, groveling political expediency, and criminal torture on a gruesome cross become the foundation of the salvation of the world.' (John Piper)

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  • Preface

  • Introduction
    Where the Fruit of Affliction Grows

  • Chapter One
    "To Live Upon God That Is Invisible"
    Suffering and Service in the Life of John Bunyan

  • Chapter Two
    "The Clouds Ye So Much Dread Are Big with Mercy"
    Insanity and Spiritual Songs in the Life of William Cowper

  • Chapter Three
    "Oh, That I Might Never Loiter on My Heavenly Journey!"
    Misery and Mission in the Life of David Brainerd

  • Conclusion
    A Plea to Follow in the Fruitful Wake of the Suffering Swans

  • A Note on Resources
    Desiring God Ministries

  • Index of Scripture
    Index of Persons
    Index of Subjects


Contributors John Piper
ISBN 9780851115535
Format Paperback
First published May 2007
Dimensions 135mm x 215mm x 14mm
Weight 0.24 kg
Language English
Pages 175
Publisher IVP
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