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Publication Date: 2009
John Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and live out their golden years with a far greater purpose in mind.
They say it's a person's reward for all those years of labor. "Turn in your time card and trade in your IRAs. Let travel plans and golf-course leisure lead the way." But is retirement really the ideal? Or is it a series of poor options that ignore a greater purpose-and will kill a person more quickly than old age?
John Piper responds: "Lord, spare me this curse!" And his resounding message is for anyone who believes there's far more to the golden years than accumulating comforts. It's for readers who long to finish better than they started, persevere for the right reasons (and without fear), experience true security, value what lies beyond their cravings, and live dangerously for the One who gave his life in his prime. With this brief book, Piper is sure to spur fellow baby boomers in their resolve to invest themselves in the sacrifices of love-and to grow old with godly zeal.
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
Loren Pederson5 Stars Out Of 5Looking for moreOctober 10, 2011Loren PedersonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
MimsSpringfield, OregonAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved the book!!August 12, 2011MimsSpringfield, OregonAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5This is a tiny book with a GIANT impact!!!!!I love it!!...
SHARONSOMERVILLE, TEXASAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good advice for seniors to serve the LordAugust 3, 2011SHARONSOMERVILLE, TEXASAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good food for thought for a fulfilling retirement.
ConnieEugene, ORAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5July 29, 2011ConnieEugene, ORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was unable to download this book, glad I was able to read it online & glad it was low cost
Jeanetta ChrystieGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5I'm really enjoying the ideas in this book.July 29, 2011Jeanetta ChrystieGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'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!