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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
  • By: John Piper
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Religion & Spirituality, Christianity
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

Herbert - Whitefield - Lewis

In the sixth volume of the Swans Are Not Silent series, 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.

©2019 John Piper (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Wonderful book let down by the narration

Piper's introduction is an important contribution to discussions about the craft of preaching. He gives a thoroughly biblical framework from which to consider what he calls "poetic effort" which can be (should be?) applied in preaching and writing. It will encourage writers and preachers to see that their efforts to "say beautifully" for God's sake, are not simply showy froth for man's sake. He then follows with biographical snapshots of Herbert, Whitfield and Lewis, showing aspects of this poetic effort in their writings and how it contributed to the over all potency of their works. Highly recommended content.

I know it's subjective, but the narration was very disappointing. It's one of the most robotic performances I've heard of any audiobook. The irony that this book emphasises the power and importance of "saying beautifully" is not lost to the listener. Persevere for the sake of the content, but it would be fantastic to have a more dynamic, metered, impassioned re-recording.

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Inappropriate title

I admire John Piper but listening to this seemed quite bizarre as it did not appear to be anything to do with the title. At the end he does try and explain the reason for the title but by then I had long ago lost the plot. I also have read these authors and greatly admire their works and so much of their essence seemed to be left out..

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  • 12-09-20

What is in a person’s heart, that’s what comes out in their words.

Again, I am so thankful that this series was written. I have learnt so much, not only about spiritual disciplines that we need to live and grow in, but to witness this growth in our heroes of faith.

And it is indeed true. When we soak in the Word, we see His beauty and that beauty is expressed in our own daily words.

Thank to both author and narrator for this wonder series!

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  • Johannes Nunpau Engøy
  • 04-01-21

Edifying look into legendary Christian artists

A very edifying look into three legendary Christian artists' work for God. One, a humble poet, another a talented actor and third a man of stories and the fantastical.
It was very interesting to see each man's way of "seeing beautiful and seeing beautifully". They were so different, but still so alike.

As a Christian with a proclivity for aesthetic endeavours this was a very encouraging listen. Beauty is really a God glorifying goal in itself!

(the narration was pleasant as well!)

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  • Thomas P. Ferrara
  • 17-11-20

Enlightening and Inspiring

A great book! I have seen over the years how the arts have impacted John piper‘s life and preaching. He speaks with beauty and eloquence which has had many profound affects on my heart towards my creator. This book is a combination of great efforts, and great vision. I am so thankful for it.

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  • Dan Absalonson
  • 11-05-21

Insightful and Inspiring

Cool little book. As an artist I appreciated John Piper's look at the power of poetic effort in the work of Herbert, Whitefield, and Lewis. In saying things beautifully in poems, preaching, and prose these men came closer to the true and real beauty of God and helped others get there as well.