“Now listen, children, young and old,
God multiplies ten-thousandfold
The little power that we bring.
He makes our winter weakness sing
Of his full summer’s strength, and burns
The rags of shame to ashes, turns
The course of history, blocks
The haughty schemes of strutting cocks,
And brings the prophecies of men
To naught. And rising up, he then,
Against all high conspiracies,
And proud imperial machines,
Makes orphans into kings and queens.”
Capturing our imaginations and hearts, John Piper introduces us to Esther the poor orphan and Esther the Persian queen—creatively musing about what could have been in the midst of what really was. Using poetry to tell a moving story, Piper awakens wonder in us as we experience the beginnings and endings of Esther’s life and see throughout the purposeful hand of God.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He taught biblical studies at Bethel College in Minnesota for six years, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. Piper is the author of more than 30 books including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, and Spectacular Sins.
Glenn Harrington is an internationally recognized painter whose art has been featured on the cover of over 600 books. His paintings have also been a focal point in many publications, including The New York Times, American Arts Quarterly, International Artists Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.