Many devotionals are what you might expect, quoting a verse or two and someone commenting about how it has affected their walk with the Lord and how you can experience that too. Well, John Piper's approach is very unique. This book is a devotional in its true sense. What follows is a collection of serious thoughts on Scripture. It is evident that Piper has spent time pouring over and struggling through select verses in order to truly know God in such a deeper, more meaningful way. Some entries are the traditional verse and comment kind and others come from a place that only a very seasoned and weathered walk with the Lord can produce. May you be challenged to "Taste and See" and savor God's goodness in this life as just a glimspe of the promise of the life to come.
I think it is fair to say that I really appreciate the work of John Piper. I've had the opportunity to hear him speak live during a Children's Desiring Conference in Minnesota and he was just as encouraging live as his books were when I read them at home. I always jump at the opportunity to read his books and his new devotional, Taste and See, did not disappoint.
Generally speaking, I'm hesitant about devotionals - I would prefer to read the word of God on it's own and meditate on what is being taught about God or His character - and then begin to pray and ask the Lord to enable me to see what it means for me personally and how I might apply it in a practical way. Too often, much of devotionals seem to be niceties or positive affirmations - but lack Biblical depth.
As my children have grown and the seasons of motherhood change, I've come to appreciate the devotionals that have the ability to point me back to the word of God - causing me to run to the Bible, but still seem manageable for a homeschooling Mama of 4 kids in a full season of life. Honestly, many devotionals like the one I described have been a rarity.
John Piper's Taste and See has been a fabulous devotional to begin and end my days as Piper never ceases to point me back to the truth of God's word and His glorious character. In the author's preface, he shares how the best authors "intensify our taste for the Bible" - and Piper does just that. Each devotional entry is steeped in God's truth, His word, and I can't help but want to run to the word of God to see for myself what Piper is meditating on or speaking of in the particular devotion.
In a way that only Piper can, He can cause me to see God's sovereign hand in losing a MasterCard and in the same way, exhort me to "prayerfully ransack the Bible" for all it's worth. Each devotion was equally filled with truth that pointed me back to the Savior!
I would definitely recommend this devotional, especially if you are in a season of struggling to read. You'll find you can help but seek the Lord for yourself as you read through.
A collect of 125 daily meditations on Gods Word that will help you to get a deeper understanding and prepare you for Gods Word and a daily time with Jesus. This is not a replacement for your daily Bible time, but something that will whet your appetite for the Bible. John Piper uses short stories, only about 3 or 4 pages, to help you want more of Gods Word. He bring truths to questions such as, what does it mean to walk by faith, How dispensable is Gender, How to be strong in the Lord and many more. There are many things we deal with everyday, adoption, race, retirement and more that you will find answers to. The writing is easy to understand and based on scripture. It will most likely enlighten you on many subjects.
The book will be a great way to start your day. Adding it to your daily devotions and Bible reading would be a great way to help with you walk with Christ. A great addition to your library and for sharing with others in Bible studies and discussion groups
TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD Psalm 34:8.
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My Pastor's wife read out of this book and it struck me so hard as to what it was saying. Mr Piper has a wonderful way of guiding us thru the Scriptures. I immediately ordered it and when I went to put it in my library I found I had a copy from some time ago. Now I have a copy to give away so that others can enjoy it.