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Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2003
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (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 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!