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The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts
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Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that's fair? Living faithfully in a world full of gifts and blessings is no easy task.
In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father's hand, that God's blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God's glory is as wide as the world.
|Title: The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts|
By: Joe Rigney, John Piper
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
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Joe Rigney (PhD, University of Chester) is president of Bethlehem College & Seminary and a teacher for desiringGod.org. He is a husband, father of three, and a pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also the author of a number of books, including The Things of Earth; Strangely Bright; and More Than a Battle: How to Experience Victory, Freedom, and Healing from Lust.
John Piper is founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the pastor for preaching and vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Dont Waste Your Life; and Providence.
Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
We are probably familiar with the proverb about the overly pious fellow, the one who is so heavenly minded he is no earthly good. And we have seen the opposite so many times that we dont even need a proverb for it - the carnal thinker who is so earthly minded he is no heavenly good. And no earthly good either, as it turns out. The hardest thing to achieve on this subject is balance, but it is a difficult feat that Rigney has accomplished. Buy this book. Make it one of your earthly possessions. Read it to find out what that is supposed to mean.
Senior Fellow of Theology, New St. Andrews College; Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho
Reading this will be a sweet moment of profound liberation for many. With wisdom and verve, Rigney shows how we can worship our creator through the enjoyment of his creation. This is going to make a lot of Christians happier in Christ - and more attractively Christlike.
Director of Union and Senior Lecturer, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
This book makes me want to watch the Olympics while eating a pumpkin crunch cake, rejoicing in the God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. But part of me is a little wary of the indulgent pecan crunchiness and astonishing athletic feats. What if my heart gets lost in these things? If you're familiar with that hesitation, this book is for you. We were made to take in all the fullness of the intergalactic glory of the triune God. This book is a trustworthy guide to help your gaze follow along the scattered beams up to the sun.
Pastor's wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai
I am always amazed at how God reveals his character to his children. This book has radically changed the way I view the Giver of every good and perfect gift. What's more, it has helped me to really enjoy him through the many blessings he has lavished on me.
singer/songwriter, Shane and Shane
It is not easy to understand how I can love God with all my heart, but also love the world he has made. God's Word encourages us to love the creation (Psalm 19), but also to love not the world (1 John 2:1517). Rigney is really helpful to those wrestling with this kind of question, and he helps us with a lively and engaging style. This book clarifies and builds upon John Piper's Christian Hedonism. I heartily recommend it.
-John M. Frame,
J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
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