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Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis (Piper)

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John Piper celebrates the importance of poetic effort by looking at three influential Christians whose words magnificently display a commitment to truth and a love of beauty.

Examining the lives of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis, Piper helps us appreciate the importance of carefully crafted words by exploring how Christians can use them to testify to God’s glory, wonder at his grace, and rejoice in his salvation.

Whether exploring Herbert’s moving poetry, Whitefield’s dramatic preaching, or Lewis’s imaginative writing, this book highlights the importance of Christ-exalting eloquence in our praise of God and proclamation of his gospel.

Table of Contents: 

Introduction: “Not with Lofty Speech or Wisdom”: Does the Bible Warrant Poetic Effort? 

  1. “While I Use I Am with Thee”: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert
  2. “I Will Not Be a Velvet-Mouthed Preacher!”: The Life and Eloquence of George Whitefield
  3. C. S. Lewis—Romantic, Rationalist, Likener, Evangelist: How Lewis’s Paths to Christ Shaped His Life and Ministry

Conclusion: Speak God’s Wonders—In His World and in His Word 



John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeThis Momentary Marriage,Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?