“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” So says King Solomon in Proverbs 25:11. These wise words are the biblical basis for John Piper’s new book, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully. Nearly fifteen years ago, Dr. Piper embarked on a series of books called, The Swans Are Not Silent. The beauty of these books is found in a combination of brevity, historical narrative, and theological depth. The books set out to introduce key figures in the history of the church – from Augustine, Calvin, and Luther to Bunyan, Wilberforce, and Cowper. The newest volume introduces readers to George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C.S. Lewis.
The author’s aim, as he says, is “to probe the interrelationship between seeing beauty and saying it beautifully.” And he accomplishes his goal by pointing to Herbert, Whitefield, and Lewis by demonstrating how these men pointed others to see the beauty of Christ.
Piper spends much of his time laboring over the poetic effort of these men: “Poetic effort is the effort to see and savor and speak the wonder – the divine glory – that is present everywhere in the world God made, in the history God guides, and in the Word God inspired.”
This is the sixth volume in the Swans Are Not Silent series. Each book stands alone and is brimming with joy and hope, which are centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The newest edition is no exception. John Piper continues to equip and encourage his readers. Over and over again, he proves, the swans are not silent.