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Don't Waste Your Life Paperback – May 16, 2003
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Piper is writing at his most humble and transparent, and Lloyd James brings home his message like a trusted friend, the words soothing, encouraging, and inspiring. Fully capturing the tone of the piece, James reads it the way it should be heard, never rushing or forcing a point. Together Piper and James give listeners a sense of intimacy and propriety, treating the material as the precious information it is. --AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
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So. I read some good books there. and this was one.
He makes the great point that being cautious and safe is not what being Christian is about. In fact.. Christians are called to a dangerous life.. because we aren't supposed to live lives bound by fear, but rather by Love! And Love drives out fear. Even if it means confronting incarceration... or death... or whatever... Live for Love, not fear... and don't let bourgeois concerns with comfort and security and safety prevent you from doing the work of a Christian!
To juxtapose. Another book I read in the jail was The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom Corrie and her family all died or barely survived concentration camps, for helping hide Jews. Corrie didn't waste her life...nor did her father (who died from the Nazis.. because of his kindly loving help to Jews and other fugitives). And neither should you. Don't waste your life. Do good things.. even if you risk your life.
Interestingly, there was a bit of synchronicity in the story. There weren't many books available... just a small number. And many in spanish... very few of the quality that I like (I have a B.A. in English literature). So, anyway. I was on the phone with my mother and I told her I was fine. I said the jail wasn't so nice, but not so bad. I told her that when I compare my own situation to my heros... I have nothing to complain about... and I named off some, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. etc. and Corrie Ten Boom and the Hiding Place. I hadn't talked to my mother about Corrie Ten Boom in decades, and I hadn't read The Hiding Place.. but I remembered the story from when my mother told me when I was young. And I mentioned it in my jailhouse phone conversation.
The next day I went to the book cart, and there it was... The Hiding Place.. sitting on the cart.. If you haven't read the Hiding Place, I suggest you read it along with 'dont waste your life' .. they make a good combination... as Corrie didn't waste hers.
Oh. I forgot to mention. I was in jail for a minor marijuana possession charge (ostensibly) but really I am a spiritual revolutionary, a mystic and I felt I was in there because of the spiritual battle I am waging against the forces of darkness..
Last word regarding 'don't waste your life'... I liked it so much that I sent it to people later as a present.