Book Recommendation…for the pastor’s encouragement

What is one of the most empowering ways to stir our hearts to persevere in our faith in Christ?  Read and hear the stories of those who have gone before us who persevered faithfully unto the end.  Few tell those stories of past saints better than John Piper.  The next book in this biographical series is The Roots of Endurance and Piper does a masterful job at bringing to life the great testimonies of William Wilberforce and 2 of my favorite pastors: John Newton and Charles Simeon.  If you are a pastor and are unfamiliar with the faithfulness of Newton and Simeon in the midst of great adversity, buy this book and read it.  You will be stirred to faithfulness, regardless the adversity you face.  You can find it on sale here.

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3 comments on “Book Recommendation…for the pastor’s encouragement
  1. Mark says:

    I bought this book and read it a few months ago and have never been quite so encouraged to endure in the midst of hardship. I love the quote from Simeon, “My dear brother, we must not mind a little suffering for Christ’s sake.” Great book!

  2. Bill says:

    I hope it’s not in bad taste to let everyone know that this book can be downloaded in PDF form at the Desiring God website: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/online-books/the-roots-of-endurance

    I would also recommend listening to the Pastors’ Conference messages that inspired the book. Piper’s written word is precious, but hearing his pathos as he delivers the message has another dimension of power behind it. These three are among my favorite of the biographies delivered.

    John Newton
    William Wilberforce
    Charles Simeon

    The others I found especially inspiring: M’Cheyne, Tyndale, Paton, Bunyan, Spurgeon and Brainerd.

    • briancroft says:

      Not at all. I always want the physical book to hold and read, but for those who cannot afford to buy a book, the PDF is better than nothing.

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