The Hidden Smile of God
by John Piper
The Hidden Smile of God is John Piper’s biography of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd. Specifically it considers the hardships, trials and suffering that all three went through. And that in these troubles they endured, their faith was strengthened and above all it was not in vain.
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John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd suffered in the midst of their kingdom labors. For Bunyan it was prison and danger for preaching the gospel. For Cowper it was life-long depression and suicidal darkness. For Brainerd it was tuberculosis and the “howling darkness” of America.
In these three biographies, John Piper explains how their steadfastness through trial sweetened and intensified their song of faith. The stories of how they suffered, how they endured, and how their affliction bore fruit will ignite radical Christian living, God-centered worship, and Christ-exalting mission.
Consider their stories and be encouraged that no labor and no suffering in the path of Christian obedience is ever in vain. As Cowper wrote, “Behind a frowning providence God hides a smiling face.”
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