Thirty-one subjects are addressed in this book, as unique as “How to Be a Refuge for Your Children,” “How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God,” and “Embracing the Pain of Shame.” Some are longer, some shorter, like the real-world conversations they so closely resemble, and each comes from the fertile mind of John Piper and is written in his own inimitable style. Together, the readings will lead to a deeper understanding of God and a cleaner, clearer relationship with Him. Most of all, Piper’s approach shows how meditating on God’s powerful Word can affect every aspect of our lives. Whether you’re steeped in the Word of God or newly acquainted with it, these thirty-one meditations will penetrate to the deepest reaches of your soul. With a contagious passion, John Piper awakens us to violent prayer, piercing pleasure, and fearless faith. “May these meditations become in your life the living embodiment of God’s Word and penetrate to the deep places of your soul. God has a good work to do there.”—John Piper.
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John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1980, is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.
His preaching and teaching is featured daily on the radio program, Desiring God. His books include The Passion of Jesus Christ, Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, Life as a Vapor, and the Gold Medallion Award-wining Pierced by the Word.
“‘Soul’ is that invisible dimension of our life that we are by nature. ‘Spirit’ is what we are by supernatural rebirth.” (Page 23)
“The saving motive for wanting eternal life is given in John 17:3: ‘This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.’ If we do not want eternal life because it means joy in God, then we won’t have eternal life. We simply kid ourselves that we are Christians if we use the glorious gospel of Christ to get what we love more than Christ. The ‘good news’ will not prove good to any for whom God is not the chief good.” (Page 18)
“The mark of a child of God is not perfection, but hunger for Christ.” (Page 58)
“Humility does not feel it has a right to better treatment than Jesus got” (Page 37)
“But when humans forsake their Maker and love other things more, they become like the things they love—small, insignificant, weightless, inconsequential, and God-diminishing.” (Page 26)