Don't Waste Your Life
This book is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life - risks in relationships for the sake of righteousness and authenticity, risks with money for the cause of the gospel, and risks in witnessing to the truth and beauty of Christ. Readers will find their passion for the cross of Christ enlarged as a result of reading this book.
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This book is a passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. John Piper acknowledges the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life - risks in relationships for the sake of righteousness and authenticity, risks with money for the cause of the gospel, and risks in witnessing to the truth and beauty of Christ. Readers will find their passion for the cross of Christ enlarged as a result of reading this book. A passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. Piper discusses the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life for the sake of Christ.
John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy. ^"God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives." ^Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not t
A passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. Piper discusses the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life for the sake of Christ.
Meet the Author
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
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this excellent book encourages you to forsake the world for the ultimate treasure of christ, instead of wasting your life thinking about retirement, utilise it thinking about the kingdom of heaven!
Piper's "Don't Waste Your Life" is a call for Christians to not merely consider Christianity a personal faith but to actually apply Christ centered principles to your life in which to advance God's kingdom. For too long I had "worked out my own faith with fear and trembling" with occasional evangelism opportunities but despite never forsaking the LORD I can't say that I was very useful in advancing God's kingdom. Piper attempts to show in a very easy and engaging read how Christians can and should "be a light to the nations" and this ranges from simply displaying Christlikeness in your secular job to the extreme example of becoming a missionary (should one be called to do so). I wholeheartedly recommend this book, it's both a wake up call and an encouragement one can refer back to from time to time when we feel the salt has "lost its savor". Recommended - Don't Waste Your Life.
This book is easy to read and gives a great 'big picture' perspective on life. It challenged me to think beyond the here and now and look to what matters in Eternity. It inspires us to store up treasure in heaven not things on earth. We can get side tracked on earth keeping up with the Jones' with out jobs, kids, homes, etc, but we should think about things that last
There are only a few books that I keep buying more copies of to give away to people, and as soon as you start reading Don't Waste Your Life you'll understand why. Piper unashamedly rebukes the cheap grace that has pervaded the Western church, and explains the profound (and like-changing for me) truth that we do not need to choose between serving God and pursuing our own joy, but that God wants us to be joyful, and in living to glorify him, for the purpose that he made us, we find far more joy than we could anywhere else, because he made us that way. This is the life that is not wasted. Buy this book and prayerfully read it, and let it change your life too!
This book is a wake-up call for us to not waste our lives by living for the temporary things that this world can offer us. Piper gives us a perspective of life from Paul's statement in Philippians 1:21: to live is Christ and to die is gain. He starts with the story of an old man who was converted in his old age, and how he really regretted the wasted years, and also shared his own story how he found Christ as his treasure. The book ends with how we apply this perspective of life to our work and also missions.