Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering

I received a free e-book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!). 

Title: Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering: 1 Peter
Contributiors: Nancy Guthrie, John Piper, Juan Sanchez, Carrie Sandom, Jen Wilkin, Mary Willson, D. A. Carson, Kathleen Nielson
Editors: D. A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson
Published: June 30, 2018

Synopsis: “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

The book of 1 Peter offers a gospel perspective on our short lives. Originally written to Christians facing intense suffering, Peter’s message is one of hope and grace—all centered on the resurrected Christ. Featuring contributions from six popular Bible teachers, this volume will help you better understand the hope-filled message of the book of 1 Peter and experience the resurrection life Jesus offers us today.

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This book is a short (<200 page) transcript of The Gospel Coalition’s 2016 Women’s Conference. I looked up the conference on YouTube and listened while reading. Jen Wilkin’s video has a funny story about a breast-feeding mother and a Uber driver that isn’t in the book.

The book opens up with an introduction from Juan Sanches talking about the apostle’s use of scripture in 1 Peter. Kathleen Nielson covers chapter 1:1-12 and being born again to a living hope as elect exiles. Jen Wilkin covers 1:13-2:3 and living resurrection life. Carrie Sandom reminds us who we are in Jesus, the living cornerstone, by covering 2:4-10. Mary Willson covers 2:11-3:12 and resisting evil and do good in all circles of life. D.A. Carson covers 3:13-4:19 on sharing Christ’s sufferings and showing His glory. The final chapter is by John Piper on 5:1-14. Things are wrapped up with an interview between Nancy Guthrie and John Piper discussing how to teach 1 Peter.

While each person’s teaching style is different, the book flows together smoothly. This is a good book to use while studying. At the end of each chapter there’s a reflection and some questions, followed by a “Think Like an Expositor” section.

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