Item description for Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin With Superior Pleasure by John Piper & Rob Lamont...
Overview The subtitle to this work, "defeating sin with superior pleasure," says it all. There is godly pleasure in applying the faith that first saved us in everyday circumstances, defeating the unbelief and lies that Satan throws at us. Fighting these lies, and the resultant anxiety, pride, impatience, and other sinful attitudes that trip us up, with what Piper calls "the purifying power of God's truth" blesses us with peace as we see God enabling us to live by faith in his promises and his grace.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 300.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.88" Width: 5.88" Height: 1.01" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2007
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598591894 ISBN13 9781598591897
Availability 0 units.
More About John Piper & Rob Lamont
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin With Superior Pleasure?
Excellent and motivational description of the connection between faith and obeying God! Mar 18, 2008
We have a habit of wasting energy in our battle to overcome sin because we miss the connection that sin is the fruit of NOT trusting God. Piper does an excellent job showing the connection between a lack of faith and 8 specific sins. We need to understand this if we want to make progress in participating in the divine nature and escaping the corruption in the world that is caused by evil desires(2 Peter 1:3-4). This book WILL help you on your journey.
"Unbeliefable" Book!!! Oct 22, 2007
Wow! Piper hits a home run on almost every page of this "getting to the root of the problem" book! You'll be challenged to see what is the real issue when it comes to lust, anxiety, fear, etc. Very powerful and life changing material. The key is to lean heavily on God and His Word.
Superior Joy Aug 23, 2007
This is vintage Piper condensing his 'Future Grace' material for the benefit of battling temptation, with its offers of pleasure, with the the superior promises of the gospel.
life-changing book! Jul 18, 2007
The thoughts in this book have revolutionized my Christian life, bringing deeper joy in Christ. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
We Sin Because It Offers Happiness: Don't Believe the Lie Mar 3, 2007
Battling unbelief contains chapters excerpted from Piper's much longer and more complete work, Future Grace. In Future Grace, each of these chapters is accompanied by two or three chapters setting forward the promises of God that we are to believe and put our hope in in order to win the battle with sin. I highly recommend Future Grace, but if the 400+ pages of that book may be a little daunting for you, start with Battling Unbelief 162 pages to whet your appetite.
So I would recommend you not buy Battling Unbelief but instead buy Future Grace which is comparably priced, contains all of the chapters in Battling Unbelief and more. If you wanted to read what you would have read in Battling Unbelief, you will simply read the application chapters from Future Grace.
When I sin, I am believing a lie that there is more pleasure, happiness, or gain to be found in that sin than in obedience. Stated conversely, when I sin I am disbelieving God's promises. I am rejecting God and all that He claims that He is. Therefore, the ultimate battle with sin is not to be had at the level that most of us fight it at, trying through willpower to not do what our flesh is calling us to. The ultimate battle is one of believing or disbelieving God's promises. I must prize God above all things in order to not reject God and pursue sin.
In 8 chapters, Piper shows how this works itself out: 1. Battling Anxiety 2. Battling Pride 3. Battling Misplaced Shame 4. Battling Impatience 5. Battling Covetousness 6. Battling Bitterness 7. Battling Despondency 8. Battling Lust
So, as I stated above, I cannot recommend the content of this book highly enough. But I hope that you purchase Future Grace instead of this one and read it either front to back, or start with the application chapters and then read the rest later.
Piper says in the introduction of Battling Unbelief regarding the publishing of these chapters without the content that surrounds them:
"It is a risk to publish these eight chapters without the twenty-three chapters that surround them and explain the foundations and implications found in Future Grace. But I think it is a worthwhile risk. Many people move from application back to foundation rather than the reverse. So I am hopeful that discovering in this smaller book some of the ways faith works to liberate us from sin will send many readers to the larger work for a deeper biblical understanding."
I pray that either way you do it, the content of this book will help you and me to treasure God above all, believe his promises, and defeat sin.