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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.

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With skill and clarity Michael Kramer narrates 31 short mediations that illustrate why the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. Each meditation begins with a brief scripture, followed by an illustration to further explore and elaborate on its focus. The meditations end with prayer and tips on personal application. Kramer's distinct voice and clear enunciation, coupled with the structure of the program, make this a perfect match for busy people to refresh themselves. Although described as mediations, these are in devotion format and are easy to follow. They are an excellent choice for an early morning commute. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590521730
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (January 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QA4S2O
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tintin2002 on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
John Piper is a deep thinker and deeply in love with God. Combined together, his writings are always solid food for the Christian seeking ways to draw closer to God. As a devotional, this work dishes out pastoral thoughts in bite-sized form. But though each day's reading is about 2-3 pages long, trust me, you'd want to mull over and meditate over it, as it is "solid meat''. You'd read here deep truths that will prod you to live a life that is spent on God.
I discovered John Piper only last year. Let me say that his books, particularly the full-length "Pleasures of God'' have transformed my life. They have a heart-piercing quality to them, which can only come from a man who has thought through his faith and is sold out to it. If you have more time, these full-length books will be worth every cent. I am buying "The Pleasures of God'' and giving it away as gifts.
But this bite-sized devotional also has a place on the shelf. As I said, the writings are brief, but thought-provoking nonetheless. And they come from a pastor's heart.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Zink on April 14, 2004
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John Piper is my favorite contemporary Christian author, so it was no surprise to me that this would be another engaging, worship inspiring work from him. His longer works such as "The Pleasures of God" are amazing when you have a bigger stretch of time for devotion, but this provides a perfect alternative when a larger work might put one off from even getting started. Each meditation is a bit longer than a given entry from say "My Utmost For His Highest" (quite possibly the quintessential daily devotional book), but still easily manageable in a single sitting.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on November 8, 2003
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These thirty-one meditations follow the pattern of Piper's other excellent God-centered books in directing us both in mind and heart to the piercing words of Scripture. Join Piper in meditating on the practicality of Scripture for all of life, including: parenting and praying, fighting lust and anger, embracing the pain of shame, gaining assurance of salvation, and a score of other topics, in which God is shown to be the main reality. This is an easy to read book (a little less daunting than some of Piper's longer, meatier books) and would make a great gift to a new believer or non-reader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
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In a time when most people don't see any relevance to religion, or the Bible, it is so valuable to read books like this. John Piper's perspective if filled with Biblical truth. He brings the word of God to bear on so many issues that affect our daily life. He will help you think critically and Biblically about the world around you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alicia green on January 12, 2004
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John Piper has a way of making scripture relavant to daily life. This book challenged my thinking and demanded critical thinking of life and scripture. As with all of Piper's writtings, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a closer realtionship with Christ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
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If you've never read one of John Piper's devotional books, you're missing out. The 31 meditations in Pierced by the Word cover a variety of topics -- some practical, others theological. From drinking orange juice to battling lust, from thinking about suffering to thinking about politics -- each devotional reading stresses the importance of living by faith and living for Christ.

Your soul will be nourished by this book, as it stresses the importance of personal prayer and emphasizes the glory of the Gospel. I recommend that you get this or another of Piper's devotional books, and read it as part of your spiritual diet. It will help you fight the good fight of faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pollin on June 27, 2011
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When I lived in Seattle for a time I was in a new culture, a new country and indeed a whole new stage of life. One thing anchored me and kept me focused on the task at hand, God's word (with the help of Seattle's best coffee). John Piper has been used of God to open up the scriptures to many people, love him or reject him you will always need to study the scripture in order to interact with him and for that we can be thankful. I have always been encouraged by his ministry and I would recommend this book to anyone who needs anchored in God's word.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kilpatrick on September 1, 2009
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This book is great for those short on time but in need of Biblically sound meditations to calibrate your soul each day. Each meditation is short enough to read in the morning before work or during lunch. A great find.
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