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Publication Date: 2003
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
Mike4 Stars Out Of 5Still Relevant reading for the ChristianMarch 9, 2018MikeQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Goes deep into why the Christian life is always relevant, not matter our background. An excellent reminder of how counter cultural the Christian worldview really is (or ought to be!)
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Life is More Than Motorbikes, Soccer, & StarbucksJanuary 29, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Recently after delivering a Sunday message, I was asked if I read a lot of books by John Piper. That made me chuckle because I've read more of his books than books by any other author. I first read his book, Don't Waste Your Life, over a decade ago shortly after the book's release and not too long after my move to China. I wasn't a very mature Christian back then (and I still have a ton to learn), but despite the seriousness of Don't Waste Your Life, it's easy to understand and can be enjoyed by believers and nonbelievers in all stages of life. This can't be said about all of Pastor Piper's books since some of his books are poetic pieces or highly academic.
Don't Waste Your Life is a 190-page book that is filled with Scripture and divided into the ten chapters listed below. I read the book as part of a small group study in which we tackled a very manageable one chapter a week. A group study edition, group study kit, and study guide are now available.
1. My Search for a Single Passion to Live By
2. Breakthrough - the Beauty of Christ, My Joy
3. Boasting Only in the Cross, The Blazing Center of the Glory of God
4. Magnifying Christ Through Pain and Death
5. Risk is Right - Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It
6. The Goal of Life - Gladly Making Others Glad in God
7. Living to Prove He is More Precious Than Life
8. Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5
9. The Majesty of Christ in Missions and Mercy - A Plea to This Generation
10. My Prayer - Let None Say in the End, "I've Wasted It"
Perhaps the biggest impact the book made on me was an illustration found in chapter three concerning a Readers Digest article. The article talked about a couple that retired early so they could ride a boat, play softball, and collect seashells in Florida. Unfortunately, this is the American dream so many are wasting their lives on.
If you are interested in learning how this tough life is supposed to be lived, I recommend Pastor Pipers Dont Waste Your Life. You wont get a feel-good message, but you will be pointed to the one who can make your life mean more than riding motorbikes, playing soccer, and collecting Starbuck mugs.
to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:27
John5 Stars Out Of 5Your Life can glorify GodJanuary 19, 2018JohnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a must read. Piper provides a clear picture about hoe to make you life count. It is all about glorifying God!
Michelle1 Stars Out Of 5Not Impressed!November 29, 2017MichelleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 1I was very disappointed in this book im not at scholar and I found it hard to grasp! I felt really stupid!
Jan5 Stars Out Of 5Who is your life about?December 27, 2016JanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read for any serious Christian! It really IS all about HIS glory!