In this provocative work Pastor Piper challenges us to set aside the trivial pursuit of self-fulfillment so that we can develop a deeper passion for God. Piper believes that if we passionately submit the sufferings we endure, the risks we take, and the goals we set to the pursuit of God's glory, then not one moment of our lives will be wasted. Don't miss this opportunity to rekindle your passion for the cross of Christ and the glory of God.
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While on a mission trip to Guatemala a decade ago, one of my colleagues repeatedly brought up the name of John Piper in our one-on-one conversations. Admittedly, I was familiar with his name but knew little of his ministry at the time. A year later, while attending a conference, I wandered into a nearby bookstore and purchased a copy of "Don't Waste Your Life." I read it and my perspective of life and ministry immediately began to be altered. Since that time I have read nearly all of his books, and have just completed this one for a second time. What makes John Piper such an effective preacher and author is the manner in which he is able to probe beneath the surface of our insulated Christian lives and touch the spiritual nerve where we actually exist. One cannot read Piper and walk away comfortable. No one I have read or heard has stated the biblical position for man's existence and purpose with greater clarity. In all of his books (something like four dozen of them!) his theology is consistent. If "Don't Waste Your Life" is your first Piper book, as it was mine, it is doubtful that it will be your last. The author places God in His preeminant role and assures man that his created purpose is to relate to God as all that He is for us in Christ Jesus. Whether a young person who has just come to Christ or a "seasoned saint" who has been walking with the Savior for many years, this book will cause the reader to focus on Jesus as our supreme Treasure. But be warned! You may be led to devote your life in unrestrained service to Him. While many well-meaning followers of Christ get bogged down in the vague quagmire of "looking for God's will" for their lives, this book makes it quite clear: don't waste it...live all of it for the glory of God! After all, as Piper is known for proclaiming, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." Do yourself a favor before it's too late...read this book. Read it carefully with a listening heart.
This book is life-transforming. It will challenge you and cause you to see this world, your life, and your "significance" in a whole new light. It's hard to go wrong with a book by John Piper, and this one is no exception!
A friend gave me this book awhile back and it was very helpful in my walk in life and pursuing ministry. But it was also helpful for my day to day walk to remember Him in all I do. I bought this book here because I wanted to give it to another friend.
This is a really good book. Would definately recommend it to anyone. This would be a good book to read for a Bible study...covers a lot of stuff that should bring up good conversation about how we can better glorify Christ.
Dynamic. I was challenged and humbled by the many ways we attempt to waste our lives even while seemingly doing God's "work". I put forth a plan to challenge and change my wasting after reading this book.
This straightforward, challenging book should be read by all who take seriously their life in Christ, which prayerfully, will be more and more of us with time. Piper's title alone, is attention-getting and thoroughly examined and grounded in scripture. Piper has us measure all life's pursuits by whether they line up with why we were created: to bring glory to God and enjoy Him forever. Are we really doing this?! Do we have the courage to ask the tough questions re: how we live?! I'm an avid reader, inviting the tough questions, and this book has surpassed those that I've read so far. I'm eternally grateful to have had it recommended (in another great book called "Do Hard Things" by Alex & Brett Harris) and passionately recommend it to all who'll take a hard look at themselves in light of our life in Christ to bring glory to Him! Praise His Name!
I was dissapointed in this book. The author repeated the same few points over and over just using different words and phrases. "I got the point the first 10 times!" The lesson could have been written in 50 pages or less. At the end he also goes completely off subject. I do agree with one premise that we as Christians are "missing the boat" as to what is really important keeping Christ in our everyday lives and actions but his attitude of "I've reached a plateau above most other Christians" is a bit disturbing. Another one of the many recent Christian books where the author, in a covert way, steps down off his cloud to tell us mere mortals why he is a better Christian.
This book is simply amazing. In a world where so many Christians only seem to care about what religion can bring them Piper reminds us that this life is not about us, it is all about exhalting the name of Jesus Christ and finding our ultimate delight in Him. This one is going to be required reading for my youth group mission-team next year!
Amazing book! I bought it for my husband because I knew that he liked John Piper, and he says this book has been an encouragement and challenge to daily submit to Christ and to not waste your life! Great for believers and those searching. A definate read!
This book is excellent for understanding you walk with Christ from a Calvanist's perspective. It's overall message of not throwing your life away, but being willing to sacrifice it for Christ and realizing what that really means to a deeper meaning. If you aren't a Calvanist, this book still is very good. I would say it's definately a college-age or older book. Junior High students will struggle, not only with is deeply theological messages, but also with the intense vocabulary. Some Senior High students may as well, but it depends on how far they are into their faith journey.
John Piper is one of my favorite authors and this is a great book, but I wonder if I was the only one who read this book with a tinge of despair.If one is sternly honest with oneself it would seem that the high calling in this book is beyond the abilities of any but a super saint such as Paul or my brother John Piper. John Piper is probably right in what he states in this book but a bruised reed such as myself has an exceedingly hard time applying this in practical terms to my mundane daily life. I was not knocked down on the road to Damascus, nor was I born with a spiritual silver spoon in my mouth. No disrespect intendedBy all means read this book but if you are honest with yourself you will be disturbed by it and that is most likely the authors purpose in the first place.
The church in America has lost sight of Jesus Christ. It has become inundated with "programs" and gimicky ministries that are as worldly as secular society. This is a book that all Christians need to read.
This book was given to me by my pastor. It was a great read. Piper dispells the myth of security and safety we like to think we have. Our life is in God's hand wherever we are. We are safest doing the will of God regardless of the location and regardless of statictics.
Piper shines here as he calls the reader to embrace the truly important things of life. He begins this volume with a quest to find a single passion by which to live. Having found it in the glory of God through the cross of Christ, he then emphasizes the necessity of taking risks as believers. Nothing is accomplished without risk. He ends the book with a mission thrust, encouraging the reader to go into the world to make a difference for God.Piper is a prophetic, 21st century theologian who writes with a passion for Biblical truth and for the glory of God. There are several authors who have written great books, but there are far fewer great authors. Piper is a great author.