I have struggled for a while to put my thoughts in writing on John Piper’s latest volume, A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness. The reason is that I’m 50-50 concerning my evaluation of the book. I loved the first half but was a bit turned off by the second half.
The book is divided into five parts with the first three being a common defense of the Scriptures. In Part 1, “A Place to Stand,” Piper presents a biographical journey on his love for the Bible. Regardless of what you know about Piper, it is well worth the read. Part 2 examines “What Books and Words Make Up the Christian Scriptures?” It is a common examination of the topic but with the Piper twist. In Part 3 he considers the question “What Do the Christian Scriptures Claim for Themselves?” This also is the usual subject matter but, once again, contains Piper’s unique analysis. You will gain some valuable insight and information by a careful reading of both Parts 2 and 3.
It is in Parts 4 and 5 that Piper turns to the glory of God to answer “How Can We Know the Christian Scriptures Are True?” and “How Are the Christian Scriptures Confirmed by the Peculiar Glory of God?” These parts will take some slow and steady analysis to follow Piper’s arguments. These two parts are quite ethereal in my estimation and definitely not as concrete as Parts 1 – 3.
Overall this is a good volume to have on your shelf to educate yourself concerning why the Christian Scriptures can be trusted.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by Crossway for a fair and honest review.