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Thinking. Loving. Doing. (Contributions by: R. Albert Mohler Jr., R. C. Sproul, Rick Warren, Francis Chan, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile): A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind [Kindle Edition]

John Piper , David Mathis , Thabiti M. Anyabwile , Francis Chan , R. Albert Mohler Jr. , R. C. Sproul , Rick Warren
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The Christian life is more than thinking—but not less. And it’s more than feeling—but not less. It’s more than doing as well—but never less. Healthy followers of Jesus engage their minds, hearts, and hands in glorifying him.

This volume, built on the 2010 Desiring God National Conference and John Piper’s recent book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God argues that thinking and the affections of the heart are inseparable. Our emotions fuel our thoughts for God. Likewise, hard thinking about God leads to deeper joy in our relationship with him. And both, in turn, help us focus outward as we express a greater love for others.

Contributions by Rick Warren, Francis Chan, John Piper, R. Albert Mohler Jr., R. C. Sproul, and Thabiti Anyabwile bring a wealth of perspective and experience in calling for readers to love God and others with heart and mind and hands.



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I found this book to be a fascinating, challenging, insightful, practical, and surprisingly personal discussion of how Christians can grow in both knowledge and love. --Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona

I know most of the contributors of this book pretty well. A couple of them I am glad to call friends. And a couple of them, to be honest, I have found myself at odds with on a few occasions. But thats why I like this book. It shows the possibility for civil discourse, and it reminds us that its just as important to be nice as it is to be right. Allow it to move you closer to Jesus and closer to the poor. So read it and then think. love. and act. --Shane Claiborne, cofounder, The Simple Way; author, The Irresistible Revolution

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“I found this book to be a fascinating, challenging, insightful, practical, and surprisingly personal discussion of how Christians can grow in both knowledge and love.”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary

“I know most of the contributors of this book pretty well. A couple of them I am glad to call friends. And a couple of them, to be honest, I have found myself at odds with on a few occasions. But that’s why I like this book. It shows the possibility for civil discourse, and it reminds us that it’s just as important to be nice as it is to be right. Allow it to move you closer to Jesus and closer to the poor. So read it and then—think. love. and act.”
Shane Claiborne, cofounder, The Simple Way; author, The Irresistible Revolution


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  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433526514
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (September 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LIHFWM
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book on Christian thought, charcter, and practice December 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
The book is set up as follows:
Chapter 1: The Battle for Your Mind- Rick Warren
Chapter 2: The Way the World Thinks- R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Chapter 3: Thinking Deeply in the Ocean of Revelation- R. C. Sproul
Chapter 4: Thinking for the Sake of Global Faithfulness- Thabiti Anyabwile
Chapter 5: Think Hard, Stay Humble- Francis Chan
Conclusion: Thinking for the Sake of Joy- John Piper
Q&A with the contributors

As you can see above, this book is a compilation. Some chapters are stronger than others, and some chapters will "connect" more with the readers than others. I enjoyed this book, as it challenged the way I think and explained how my thought life affects the way I love and express that love to others.

In Chapter 1, Rick Warren starts the book off strong by emphasizing the importance of thought in the Christian life. He points out that the heart is deceitful, our thinking is darkened, and we must take every thought captive and hold it up to the light of the Word. Since "wise men store up knowledge" (Pr 10:14), Warren lays out and explains the five levels of learning: knowledge, wisdom, conviction, character, and skill. He ends with a challenge to test every thought, hold onto salvation and God's promises, nourish a godly mind, and continue to learn.

In Chapters 2 and 3, Mohler and Sproul compare and contrast Christian thinking with Western worldviews of thought and belief. I get the feeling these chapters were meant to be apologetic. While they are too short and simplistic and reductionist to provide a proper apologetic to those who are looking for answers, I do think that it offers a decent cursory overview for those in the church wondering how their beliefs differ from those outside the church. It's a starting point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok April 5, 2013
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The book could have used more thinking. It could have been written with more love. It could have been edited with more doing. It feels like several sermons combined together - even worse - sermons by different preachers, because that's what it is. Sadly, it's not even the best I've seen at this process. Don't be fooled by the inclusion of Piper's name in large letters, this is not even close to the writing you've come to expect in one of his books. That being said, it is filled with important and valuable information - it's just that the information is disjointed and even, at times, somewhat contradictory.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a compilation of several outstanding pastoral addresses given by experienced Christian leaders from a recent Desiring God Conference on the theme of balancing the mind, the heart (emotions), and the hands. I will seek to summarize what each chapter/leader addresses in their specific topic of choice and what I benefited from in my reading of each chapter:

The Introduction is written by David Mathis (an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis). He makes a helpful distinction between churches that focus on being pure and those that focus on unity and encourages those who lean one way or the other to learn from the other side. He then proceeds to use Dr. John Frames helpful distinctions of tri-perspectivalism, whereby some churches emphasis The Kingly role, some the Priestly role, and others the Prophetic role of Christ. He then sets up the following chapters in the book and shows how each contributes to bring balance to how we can love Christ with our minds, hearts, and hands.

I personally really enjoyed this chapter as it caused me to reflect on my own strengths and weaknesses in my personal and corporate involvement in the body of Christ and what I have to offer others and what I can learn from others in becoming more Christ-like in balancing the tri-perspectivalism as described in the chapter via John Frames helpful schema.

Chapter Two is entitled "The Battle for Your Mind" by Rick Warren (everyone knows who he is - if you are on planet Earth). He does a topical study from the Scriptures on the pitfalls we wrestle with in the battle between our ears, and then proceeds to give four principles on thinking; five levels of learning; and five things to remember when we are teaching others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected January 30, 2012
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I was very excited about reading this book b/c I think it's great to figure out ways to put my faith into practice. I was a little disappointed when I started reading. There is very little continuity from one chapter to the next-I know that these were all written by different scholars and pastors, but I was hoping there would be a more continual thread holding them together. When I finished the book and read the Acknowledgment section I figured out the reason this book seems so disjointed-it thanks the 5 contributors for speaking at a conference in 2010 and then helping add and edit their sermons for the book. While a lot of speakers, pastors, and scholars are doing this now, most of them do it with a sermon series all by the same speaker. Because this book has 5 very different types of speakers, and you can't actually physically hear the differences each one uses in speaking styles (inflections, tones, etc.) it seems choppy.

Some of the essays (R.C. Sproul's in particular) were incredibly insightful and really helped me look at things in a different way. I agree with the whole point of the book being that as Christians we need to be intellectually engaging our faith, not just believing something or someone simply b/c they claim their ideas are Biblical. There was one essay that really didn't fit at all. Thabiti Anyabwile's piece on Islam was actually offensive. Not b/c it was so convicting that I felt moved, but b/c it assumes I'm scared of Muslims and the religion of Islam. He makes a good point (and what I guess was his main idea, although it was hard to tell b/c of the way it is written) is simply that yes, all people are created equal, but not all ideas are-IE we shouldn't be assuming that all religions have the same goals as Christianity.
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Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Rick Warren writes on a fourth grade level but still has some good things to say. Mohler's chapter is brilliant as usual, offering insight and application through exposition of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nikky Weston
2.0 out of 5 stars Not practical enough for me
Only comprehended 2 of the 5 authors. It wasn't what I was hoping for. Francis Chan & Rick Warren are 2 of my favorite authors but the others really didn't help or change my life... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cindy L
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to Think About
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People of this world have become so selfish that they forget their purpose in life is to praise and honor the name of the Lord in all that they do. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome book
This book is a good one. I recommend it to any and all. Its a good one to listen to too.
Published on February 8, 2013 by pweller
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I put off reading this book for a while, mostly because of the cover (what is that, Times New Roman?). Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by Debra
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong!
Once again, Piper and company provide another fantastic resource. I loved diving into this material and finding the many reasons God gives us to glorify Him with our minds.
Published on December 27, 2012 by John M. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A great conversation starter for those who like to think and those who...
I have to say, I'm a thinker. This book hit home for me in so many ways. I enjoyed the opportunity to be exposed to authors that I am less familiar with (like Rick Warren and... Read more
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