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John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy.
"God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives."
Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!
The opening chapters are autobiographical, setting the stage for principles that follow. He gives credit to his early influences at home, at college, and in his reading. The writings of Jonathan Edwards provided a turning point in his realization of lifes purpose: The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples. This concept of joy has been dealt with in his earlier work, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Pipers topic headings within each chapter are as thought provoking as the content: Is Eternal Life a Heaven Full of Mirrors? Shall We Prize What He Presents or What it Portrays of Him? I found the chapter Making Much of Christ From 8 to 5 very encouraging, and the subsequent chapter on missions was sobering. Perhaps the illustration that captures the essence of the book best is the story from Readers Digest recounted in chapter three, and highlighted on the back cover. Piper tells of the couple that took early retirement in Florida, playing softball, cruising on their boat, and collecting seashells. Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: Look, Lord. See my shells. That is a tragedy.
John Piper has a way of presenting deep truth in a way that is engaging and understandable. He has wrestled with his content, and the books final chapter is his prayer for the reader to not waste life, to be glad in God at any cost, to treasure Christ above life. You will be humbled as you read. Pam Glass, Christian Book Previews.com
Follower5 Stars Out Of 5This book is very thought provoking.June 17, 2013FollowerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book makes one stop and think about how we are using our time, money, resources that God has given; and whether we are making the most of our opportunities to serve Him.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Stop spinning wheels and get into the race!January 9, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While 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.
Erica5 Stars Out Of 5Life changingOctober 7, 2011EricaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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!
Ian7Phx, AzAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Bought this for a BrotherMarch 28, 2011Ian7Phx, AzAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
ItsbygraceINAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5January 19, 2011ItsbygraceINAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
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