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Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton (The Swans Are Not Silent) Hardcover – July 7, 2009
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About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
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That said, this book challenged and humbled me more than any other in the series. I have studied Tyndale, and there was nothing new in this book (most of the information is a condensed form of Daniell's biography. His is the ultimate biography of Tyndale, but for something more accessible and equally good, I recommend Moynahan's book, God's Bestseller). Every Christian (and student of English) should know Tyndale's story and the amazing work of God in his life to produce an English Bible and, ultimately, the modern English language.
I knew nothing of Paton or Judson, and what convicting stories! They suffered and endured beyond what most can even imagine, and God used them in world-changing ways. Their lives call us to consider our comfortable, often lazy lives - what are we sacrificing for the Lord? How loosely do we hold the treasures of this world - our families, spouse, home, friends - would we be willing to let it all go for Him?
Finally, Piper's opening chapter on the role of suffering and trials in the Christian life alone is worth the price of the book. Fantastic theology, though faith-stretching as you begin to grasp that suffering is a part of God's plan, and no one suffered more than Christ. Yet, with a sovereign and good God, we have confidence that such trials are working for us a far greater weight of glory.