Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ  -     By: John Piper
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Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ

Crossway Books & Bibles / 2009 / Paperback

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Longtime preacher, teacher, and author Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of comfortable retirement and live dangerously for the One who gave himself in his prime! You'll discover how to finish well, persevere for the right reasons, experience true security, and more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 6.00 X 4.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433503999
ISBN-13: 9781433503993
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Publisher's Description

John Piper's brief book challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and to grow old with a zeal that shows God to be the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.

Author Bio

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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Let me begin with a perspective comment on John Piper's 32-page treatise Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ. This is an insightful, biblically-sound extended essay that has been packaged as a 4”x6” mini-book. It costs six dollars! When I was in high school in 1966 you could buy a 322-page paperback edition of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice for 50 cents. I point this out not necessarily to be critical of this publication by Piper so much as to underscore one of the points of his book. He says that Americans aged 43 - 61 now control $2.1 trillion of the country's resources, and that these Baby Boomers are primarily concerned with eating at restaurants, indulging their grandkids, working from home as much as possible, and investing in anti-aging products. In effect, folks nearing retirement age are more concerned about enjoying "the good life" than they are about remaining faithful servants to the cause of Christ. That concerns Piper, for he sees no evidence in the Scriptures of the Lord talking about a need for retirement. Furthermore, he points out that retirement never entered the minds of Moses, Paul, Peter, John or any of the great servants of Jehovah.

Piper's main message is that the Lord promises that he will fill the dedicated Christian with the strength to make perseverance in service not only possible but outright guaranteed. One passage he uses to support this is Isaiah 46:3-4, which states, "[You] have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age, I am he, and to grey hairs I will carry you."

Relating short biographies of Charles Simeon, Ralph Winter, Polycarp, and Raymond Lull, Piper demonstrates how people focused on serving the Lord can live very long lives and be fruitful for many decades beyond what is now considered the time of retirement. His essay can be read in about half an hour, and, indeed, it does cause one to start "rethinking" the whole concept of "retirement." – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    This brief little booklet whets my appetite for learning more opportunities of service in God's kingdom. I am past usual retirement age and still working full time. Retirement seems boring and selfish to me. John Piper has helped me to see that I am not alone in this thinking. I look forward to continuing God's great adventure of life so long as I am able.
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    Good advice for seniors to serve the Lord
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    Good food for thought for a fulfilling retirement.
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    I was unable to download this book, glad I was able to read it online & glad it was low cost
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    I'm new to ebooks and very pleased with this book. In thinking about retirement years and active options, this book is useful and packed with ideas and options to consider. A worthwhile read!
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