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Piper's Best Book Yet,
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This review is from: What Jesus Demands from the World (Hardcover)Readers of John Piper's other excellent books (for example, three of his earlier works: Desiring God, Future Grace, and The Pleasures of God) will appreciate the way in which the solid foundation which he has set forth in those prior works has now been applied to the commands which Jesus gives in the four gospels. Having read almost all of John Piper's dozens of other books over the years, this one now ranks at the very top of my list of "Piper Favorites." Here we have a pastor who is extremely well-read and who writes from a solid scholarly perspective, and yet who has composed an extremely practical book on the teachings of Jesus as they address the main issues of life.
Piper is a man who knows the meaning of grace, and thus as he expounds on Jesus' commands ("the demands" as Piper calls them), he does so in such a manner that the beauty of the teachings of Jesus shine forth on every page. This is a book to savor ... and one which the reader will likely want to re-read many times due to the comprehensive approach which the author has employed in gathering together everything Jesus taught by way of timeless commands.
The format of this book lends itself to being used as a daily resource for personal growth. Its profound and yet easily understood insights on such everyday realities as prayer, forgiveness, and faith (among 47 other topics) make it relevant to all of life, regardless of one's background. What could be more important than understanding what Jesus says we are to be doing in our lives? And who can better help us to grasp the rich meaning of what Jesus says, than this wise, humble, and extremely gifted writer -- John Piper? This is a must-read book. Get it and let it take you to the heart of Jesus' message to your life.
A feature of the book which many will appreciate is the way in which Piper has purposely crafted his material into 50 relatively brief chapters, each of which can be read without a big investment of time, and then reflected upon. The writing style is extremely reader-friendly, and the content is superb.
One final bonus is the quality of its binding. By being published as a hardback this is a book which has the potential of becoming a resource for a lifetime of growth. The focus of this book is so relevant to everyday life issues that it is one which the reader will want to keep close at hand for regular use. It really is that good!