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Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.
Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.
Number of Pages: 79
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Dont Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
The Introduction lays the foundation for what follows by discussing the nature and essence of spiritual darkness. Piper then moves into an eminently helpful treatment of justification, how it severs [the] root of misery; sanctification, and how confusing the two will kill joy in the believer.
The rest of the book is a tightly-packed, compassionate, insightful, practical, biblical tool for helping those who wait for joy. Piper touches on the physical/medical aspect of spiritual darkness, the ground of assurance when we cannot see our faith, when a child of God is persuaded that he is not, doing our duty in the midst of darkness, the place of thanksgiving, unconfessed sin, the role of Satan, and the danger of self-absorption. Dont be fooled; at a mere 79 pages, this is not a fast read. You will want to go slowly and drink deeply, and also to benefit from the other sources noted. Pamela Glass, Christian Book Previews.com
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 17, 2014alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4We have all been there. In a place where we cannot find joy or peace in our lives. Where a heavy darkness descends on our shoulders and weights us down.
When the Darkness will not Lift is a book designed to help people move through this season of darkness. While waiting for the Lord to move in our lives, the author encourages us to walk closer with God. To cling to Him as your life line. He also encourages the reader to be actively involved in helping God's kingdom in whatever way He directs you. Helping others always takes our mind off our own problems.
He also includes a large amount scripture that the reader can refer to.
I know that some people will expect more from this author, but in all honesty when you are in this type of season, a smaller book is less overwhelming.
The book itself is only 79 pages of actual text, with the introduction being 22 pages long. The price is not too bad if you can find the book on sale.
Although when I read this book I was not going through this type of season, I still found it to be an encouraging book.
DaneMankato. MNAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5October 6, 2013DaneMankato. MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This book was just what I needed at a critical time in my life and I am sure that I will refer to it again.
LL1970Age: 35-443 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingJune 29, 2013LL1970Age: 35-44Quality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I usually enjoy Piper for depth of insight. This was basic and not that helpful. For the price I was expecting more. The book is very small with larger print so there is not much here to give it value for the cost.
Big BOwego, NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This product is great.October 25, 2011Big BOwego, NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Although I have just began reading this book I have found it to be really comforting due to the recent home going of my wife.
Brad5 Stars Out Of 5Good bookJune 21, 2011BradQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John Piper did an excellent job of dealing with a topic that most of us deal with at some point in our life. His approach is one of helping and not condemning.