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Overview A Godward Life is the first of three devotional volumes by John Piper, each feature 120 vignettes that focus on the radical difference it makes when we choose to live with God at the center of all that we do. Scripture-soaked and touching on the issues which most affect our lives today, A Godward Life is a passionate, moving, and articulate call for all believers to live their lives in conscious and glad submission to the sovereignty and glory of God.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2001
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1576738396 ISBN13 9781576738399
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More About John Piper
John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.
John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.
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A Strong Variety of Meat Nov 26, 2007
Here is a collection of John Piper's thoughts on a garden variety of topics; from doctrines, church, prayer, personal resolutions, family, teenager, Christian biography, history, and mission to abortion, lottery, government, and education. Among other things that are touched upon briefly, I noticed there is quite an extensive coverage on abortion where strong, compelling, reasonable, logical, compassionate pro-life arguments are brought up and yet met with a headstrong opposition (read for example, his jail conversation with a pro-choice proponent) that clings on seemingly nothing else but the idolized human free-will which is why embracing the doctrine of autonomous self is so devastating, but is sadly endorsed by many Christians. I have never seen a preacher engaging cultures in so many different fronts relentlessly like Pastor John; not only through preaching, but also through actions. If this book is to be used as a devotional set, it would be a highly beneficial one that challenges the readers with self-examining, heart-searching, culture-impacting, and most importantly Godward thoughts, as the title suggests.
Lively, interesting reading Sep 22, 2007
This book examines Jonathan Edwards life with a lot of personal details, and yet, also examines his thinking. It is informative, and provocative at times. Great to read!!!
A Word of Warning About Piper's Emphasis Jun 21, 2005
This is a general comment on Piper's books. I deeply appreciate the work of John Piper--especially his emphasis on missions and on living God-centered, Christ-exalting lives of worship. And I am Augustinian, so I love Piper's theology and am thrilled that he has become so popular. But I do want to provide a warning. Piper's main emphasis is (and you'll read this over and over again) "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied (or delighted) in Him." This is a biblical and wonderful proposition that Piper became aware of through the writings of Jonathan Edwards. And to Edwards, this was one small part of his theology.
But Piper has taken this idea, which he calls "Christian Hedonism," and built his whole life and ministry around it. The problem is that if you read enough Piper, you will begin to focus on the FEELING of being delighted in Christ, rather than on Christ Himself. And when your feelings don't match what you want them to be, you will become disheartened. (And let's face it, few of us have the emotional intensity of John Piper.) At that point, your feelings (of being delighted in God) become the object of your desires and, thus, an idol. Yes, they are feelings TOWARD God--but those feelings are NOT GOD. And when the focus of your life has become your emotions, it has deceptively become an idol.
I know Piper fights against this tendency. But I'm afraid he is often unsuccessful. The fact is, the Christian life is not going to be one of unending joy in God. Read the Psalms to see how often the psalmists cry out in agony and desperation and sadness to the Lord. Read Romans 7 to find out how tough and discouraging the Christian life can really be.
According to Piper, our happiness in God should be the driving motivation in our life. But when Christians are inevitably not overflowing with delight in God, then under Piper's framework, the only solution is to seek that feeling of joy rather than just do our duty. There are times when duty and obligation (which Piper hates) are the only motivations for the Christian to be obedient and live a life of faith. I agree wholeheartedly with Piper that delight in God is a much better motivation for the Christian than duty. But when that delight is not there, we still must be faithful and obedient, and we can't always wait on our feelings to drive us on toward the prize.
Read Piper's books. And enjoy his passionate and Christ-exalting preaching. But beware and repent when your emotions--rather than the Triune God Himself--become the focus of your life.
More than a devotional... Oct 22, 2003
I just picked up this book again today. I LOVE being able to read a short excerpt from John Piper and really get something substantial out of it without having to invest tons of time. Even the Introduction to this book is captivating! I especially love Chapters 15 and 25, about reading. Very thought-provoking.
The chapters are only 2-3 pages, but aren't short on meaning. These are MEATY chapters and you will definitely have something to chew on for the next day(s) to come. I intend to buy Godward Life Book 2 as well.
See my other reviews for other devotional book recommendations!
Great spiritual food, fine for devotion too Feb 4, 2003
Phenomenal book with some absolutely priceless readings. Inspiring and challenging, very good supplement for daily reading.