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Don't Waste Your Life Paperback – Special Edition, April 14, 2004
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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 Misc. Supplies 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, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
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I would also like to add that this book is probably a bit more hard hitting than his other stuff. He comes right out and calls people to bigger and better things. I can imagine some people actually being offended by some things that he says - that simply going to work and raising your kids aren't all that God has called you to. There's a great calling to consider cross-cultural missions work. :) He says things like:
"Oh, how many lives are wasted by people who believe that the Christian life means simply avoiding badness and providing for the family. So there is no adultery, no stealing, no killing, no embezzlement, no fraud - just lots of hard work during the day, and lots of TV and PG-13 videos in the evening (during quality family time), and lots of fun stuf on the weekend - woven around church (mostly). This is life for millions of people. Wasted life. We were created for more."
"God does not promise enough food for comfort or for life - he promises enough so that you can trust him and do his will."
All in all, it's a great book, and a little more application than Desiring God. A little easier read, in that it's not as theologically heavy, I think. Definitely quality
Although a finely written book, I was left feeling I was not good enough or spiritual enough in living my Christian life. There was more I had to do. It was faith plus more. Or maybe faith plus less. That is I certainly couldn't be a Christian pleasing to the Lord if I retired early and enjoyed the life God had given me. Piper said it would be a waste (46). But I had to ask if I sought to honor Christ in my life and was living by faith in God's promises which resulted in doing good unto others why was this not enough? How could I be wasting my life if I so lived? I do want my life to count but I believe how that happens is God's work and His work alone as Philippians 1.6 says. And although Piper may have alluded to this verse he failed to inform me exactly that it is God's work which "completes" this "good work in you." Before we can "honor Christ" (Piper quoting Phil 1.20 on page 64) we must know in Paul's previous verse 6 that God is working within us doing the producing of his will. Thus living by faith in God's promises (His glory if you will) can never result in a wasted life! Therefore if you are living your life in such a way which honor's Christ daily then this book is not for you. However if you see yourself on the borderline and not 100% given over to Christ this book will help you see the necessity and glorious benefits of banking all of your hopes upon Christ!
In this book, short by Piper's standards, he drives home the biblical principle that we must give up our lives to find them. Piper applies this passion for Christ in different areas of life: work, relationships, missions, etc. The chapters on risk-taking and work are alone worth the price of the book. I highly reccommend this book as a gift for graduates and college students, but it is worth reading for every believer who doesn't want to waste their life.