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A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life Paperback – October 5, 2001
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I'd heard of John Piper often and heard him quoted even more so it seemed. A devotional? Maybe this will be a good introduction before reading A Hunger for God or Desiring God.
I was taking a trip and decided to take A Godward Life along since my spiritual rhythm would be off while I was gone. Little did I know that I would be caught up in the personal correspondence and private musings of one of today's greatest pastors. I read all 120 readings in 7 short days--some twice, many highlighted, a few quoted in my journal.
I read a lot of books. I've seen a thousand devotionals. This was the first one to change my life. For me, this is the My Utmost for His Highest for my generation. I can't wait for the sequel.
Be sure to read Piper's letters to the editor of the local newspaper. How refreshing. Get to know the man and his thoughts--not just his outer presentation.
Piper's books are all good. And this one is no disappointment. Like book one, this book is full of reflection on Scripture, lessons from history, and insight in culture.
If you read this book, you will learn A LOT of "little things." You'll get a taste for Augustine and Jonathan Edwards. You'll learn a little bit about George Muller and David Brainerd. You'll be challenged to study and pray and persevere and worship. You'll be shocked by insightful commentary on abortion. You'll be stirred by an inspirational story of a Christian family who dug their own graves before martyrdom. You'll be instructed in difficult doctrines like the atonement and omnipotence and sovereignty.
You'll be amazed by rain. You'll find out why God created sleep. You'll be challenged on how to stay away from the traps of computer unreality. You'll be told how to keep happiness from getting thin. You'll see apparent contradictions in the Bible resolved. And you'll learn how to "drink the wine of God."
You'll learn A LOT of little things. But you'll learn one big thing in all of these little things. You'll learn what it means to savor the supremacy of God in all of life. And that's important. So get this book.
The chapters are only 2-3 pages, but aren't short on meaning. These are MEATY chapters and you will definitely have something to chew on for the next day(s) to come. I intend to buy Godward Life Book 2 as well.
See my other reviews for other devotional book recommendations!
There is a sense in which you could write one review that covers all of Piper's writings, because all of his writings are on the theme of the supremacy of God and/or Christian hedonism. This is no different - it is a compilation of short devotional readings that apply those two themes to various topics.
There is no common thread in these devotions, but to me that is part of the fun of this book. Piper is all over the map here - from marriage, to zeal, to doctrine, to reading, to abortion, to missions, to parenting, and dozens more. I find it spiritually and intellectually challenging to open up to a page and to be called upon to think about a topic that I don't usually think about. And, as I said, with this "supremacy of God/Christian hedonism" theme running throughout, the book helps expand one's worldview, seeing all of life as being lived for God's glory.
Great book - well deserving of 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a great encouragement and source of sound thinking. Pipers pastoral heart can be heard and felt in each of the daily topics. Balanced practical encouraging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric
As always, John Piper, plumbs the depths of the meaning of the Christian life. I was blessed immeasurably in reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Tucson
John Piper has a lot of wisdom. He is a highly recommended author and will challenge your thinking.Published 2 months ago by Stewart Lambert
A Christo honoring Christ saturated devotional in true God glorifying Piper style!Published 3 months ago by Donald F. Reisinger Sr.
This book is easy to pick up and read one chapter or devotion and really be able to think about it without feeling too overwhelmed and is a great way to get a meaningful devotion... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol A. Roberts
I bought this devotional as a Christmas gift for my husband. Not only was it his favorite gift, but we also purchased a second copy for his friend and our Pastor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Faith
My husband and I have been reading through this book as our nightly devotional. It is excellent. I highly recommend this book if you desire to live a more Godward life.Published 6 months ago by Florida girl
This book is filled with rich wisdom and biblical principles. Very thought provoking and challenging for anyone who desires to grow in their faith and understanding of God. Read morePublished 20 months ago by smartbux69