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Treasuring God in Our Traditions Hardcover – September 16, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Noël Piper (BA, Wheaton College) and her husband, John, ministered at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 30 years. She is the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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I would highly recommend this book to all who want to treasure God in all that they do.
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Noel Piper has filled this book with her family's God-centered traditions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tracy E. Mickle on November 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I was a child, I looked forward to each major holiday in our home as a time when we would do the same family activities in the same way year after year. Even today, I treasure traditions I grew up with and hold to them very closely. They continue to give me a sense of belonging, of comfort, and of anticipation. In Noel Piper's book, Treasuring God in Our Traditions, she states that "both heirlooms and traditions strengthen our sense of history and belonging" (15). In our chaotic and hectic lifestyles, we need, as Christian families, to think through our traditions and intentionally set out to develop the best of what we grew up with, as well as the best of what we develop for our current families. Piper's book is full of practical suggestions and inspiration for doing just that!

Piper begins by establishing that the most valuable family heirloom we have is our relationship with Christ. If this is true in our lives, then we should structure our "everyday traditions" and our "especially traditions" around this fact. Traditions and ceremonies in our home become visual representations of our faith and allow our children, as well as visitors in our home, to see our faith illustrated in concrete and tangible ways.

The ceremonies, yearly feasts, and remembrances God gave the Israelites in the Old Testament speak of the power of such annual events. God designed these times as reminders for the adults, as well as teaching times for the children. Piper defines a tradition as, "The things we do regularly that help us in our deepest being to know and love and want God, the things that help our lives to be infiltrated with God--those things are tradition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jaia on December 22, 2005
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I'm a new mom and relatively new to the marriage thing as well. As we discuss how we want to raise our family, what traditions from our own backgrounds we want to blend, and most of all, our desire to exemplify our love for God to our children, it has been easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Noel Piper hits the nail on the head, the truth that our children can't "inherit" Christ from us but that the traditions we pass on can point them to a true knowledge of him. Instead of empty habits, we want to be intentional about our everyday and "especially" traditions, teaching our kids what we believe and why. Thank you, Pipers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Careful Reader on January 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A few pages into this book, I started making a mental list of women I want to share it with. The author, Noel Piper, mother of five (four by birth, one by adoption), is the wife of John Piper, renowned pastor, theologian and author. (She is not a pastor herself, as another reviewer has written.) Bits and pieces of her husband's writings add to the book, which is filled with practical suggestions based on the foundation of the Word. I highly recommend this for all women, but especially for newlyweds or those just starting to establish family traditions. To quote Noel, "How much more of God there is to find when we are on the lookout, when we shape our 'everyday' and 'especially' around him. God will show himself in special and new ways when we celebrate him. He will use our celebrations, our traditions, to stoke our heart's fire for him."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sojourner on January 6, 2005
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An incredibly insightful book filled with godly-wisdom. I'm greatful for having such sound advice on how to establish daily traditions and "especially" traditions as my husband and i begin our family. Noel does an incredible job at looking at how traditions can be used to point our children and our childrens children towards a passionate life of in pursuit of God. This is going up there with Gary Thomas' "Sacred Marriage" as my recomended reading for newly weds looking to start off their family and marriage with solid Biblical principles as their foundation. Thank you Noel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
About all I can do is echo the earlier reviewers... Noel Piper gives amazingly wonderful thought to why we do thing we do, and how important it is to consciously bring God into our daily routine and traditions. I can see she's done it in her family, and her suggestions are wonderful starting points for creating your own traditions. I, too, have been giving this to all my friends as they start their new families.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By runninmama1214 on December 3, 2012
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I bought this then a few days later found out you can download for FREE on her website. I wish I would have looked a little earlier before I purchased it. It is really good content and even better for free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Everyone has their own family traditions that make the holiday what it is -- molded jello for birthdays, sugar cereal on Christmas morning, caramel rolls at Thanksgiving, Easter cake after church. It is often after having their first child that young couples begin to think hard about establishing traditions for their nuclear family. Young parents want to give their children the same joyful experiences they had (or missed out on), but it can be challenging to distinguish between sentimental memories and truly meaningful celebrations.

Noel Piper (wife of John Piper) provides an outstanding tool for making these crucial distinctions in her well-written, practical book. In it she gives attention to different ritual ways of doing life together, from everyday prayers and habits to the "big" observances of birthdays, Christmas and Easter. Rather than prescribing a list of do's and don't's, Piper lays out a clear principle of glorifying God through our everyday and special traditions, then goes on to explain how this principle can apply to how we observe daily meals, goodnight rituals, birthdays, adoption days, and other special days.

Her writing is readable, personable and warm, but not chatty. She gives her family's traditions as an example, encouraging other parents to prayerfully consider the unique way God is calling them to worship Him through their traditions. This bok is indispensable for helping couples or individuals think through how to practically order their days and years around celebrating God.
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