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A Godward Heart by John Piper

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John Piper's new book, A Godward Heart, releases January 21st with fifty devotion style mediations that inspire a greater, more personal understanding of God. This beloved author has found his own life changed as much by a paragraph he's read as by an entire book and he penned these brief and pointed readings "in the hope that God will put His fingers on its paragraphs...and bring [God's] glories into focus."

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Some of the brief thought-provoking topics include:

· Feeding the soul with the Bible

· Right doctrine, wrong doing and truth

· Satan, Christian suffering and loss

· Can God be trusted?

· The truth of idolatry

· Sin and God's grace

· Is Jesus stronger than the devil?

One of Piper's many talents is to encourage readers in the application of God's word to real-world circumstances and that's why I especially liked the 41st reading: "Reflections on how willingly sinners enter hell."

In this mediation he disagrees with the saying, "All that are in hell choose it." Piper writes, "When there are only two choices, and you choose against one, it does not mean you want the other if you are ignorant of the outcome of both."

I encourage readers to buy the book and read the complete devotion.

We live in a time-challenged society that doesn't encourage one-on-one time with the Lord. John Piper's biblically rich meditations are particularly good for those with limited time to read. The hardback, small in size, fits easily into backpack or purse for brief moments during the day or at bedtime to refocus on spiritual things from daytime stress and worry.

A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, by John Piper, Multnomah Books, Releases January 21, 2014, 224 Pages, 978-1601425669, $14.99

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