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."
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
A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, by John Piper
John Piper invites you to experience deeper intimacy with God through these thought-provoking and soul-enriching meditations. Whether you are just discovering the divine richness of Scripture or have long been a passionate student, you’ll find a deeper understanding of God and renewed insight for your journey.
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, by John Piper
Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s arrival — the coming of our eternal God in frail, human flesh. This is the greatest wonder of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening the joy of Christmas.
These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our prayer is that God would use these readings to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus this December and keep him as the center and greatest treasure of your Christmas season. The candles and candies have their place, but we want to make sure that in all the Christmas rush and hubbub, we adore Jesus above all.
Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God's Grace, by John Piper
Grace is the heart of God to do you good when you deserve it least.
But do we really know how deeply we don't deserve it? Only God can reveal that to us. He does it through the Bible. And when he does, the wonders of his grace explode with brightness as never before.
These Five Points are about how Christians come into being, and how we are kept forever.
1. It reaches back into times past when we were freely chosen.
2. It reaches forward into the future when we will be safe and happy forever.
3. It reaches down into the mysteries of the work of Christ, purchasing the gift of faith for all God's children.
4. And it reaches into the human soul, glimpsing the mysteries of the Spirit's work as he conquers all our rebellion and makes us willing captives of King Jesus.
Piper believes that our experience of grace grows with our grasp of God's gracious work. He invites us to come with him on this quest.
Does God Desire All to Be Saved? by John Piper
Are There Two Wills in God? Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved
In this short, theological essay, John Piper builds a scriptural case that God’s unconditional election unto salvation is compatible with God’s genuine desire and offer for all to be saved. Helping us to make sense of this seemingly paradoxical relationship, Piper wisely holds both truths in tension as he explores the Bible’s teaching on this challenging topic, graciously responds to those who disagree, and motivates us to passionately proclaim the free offer of the gospel to all people.
Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It, by John Piper
A choice lies before you: Either waste your life or live with risk. Either sit on the sidelines or get in the game. After all, life was no cakewalk for Jesus, and he didn’t promise it would be any easier for his followers. We shouldn’t be surprised by resistance and persecution. Yet most of us play it safe.
We pursue comfort. We spend ourselves to get more stuff. And we prefer to be entertained. We are all tempted by the idea of security, the possibility of a cozy Christianity with no hell at the end. But what kind of life is that really? It’s a far cry from adventurous and abundant, from truly rich and really full, and it’s certainly not the heights and the depths Jesus calls us to.
Discover in these pages a foundation for fearlessness. Hear God’s promise to go with you into the unknown. And let Risk Is Right help you see the joys of a faith-filled and seriously rewarding life of Jesus-dependent abandon!
Risk Is Right is a significantly expanded version of a chapter previously published in the book Don't Waste Your Life (chapter 5).
A Hunger for God (Redesign): Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer. by John Piper, David Platt & Francis Chan
Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives—whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an archenemy, while our hunger for God—and him alone—is the only thing that will bring victory.
Do you have that hunger for Him? As John Piper puts it: “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God.
Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you.
Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, by John Piper
Winner of the 2012 Outreach Cross-Cultural Ministry Resource of the Year
Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?
Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.
Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”
Don't Waste Your Cancer, by John Piper
How are we as Christians called to respond when cancer invades our lives, whether our own bodies or those of our friends and family?
On the eve of his own cancer surgery, John Piper writes about cancer as an opportunity to glorify God. With pastoral sensitivity, compassion, and strength, Piper gently but firmly acknowledges that we can indeed waste our cancer when we don’t see how it is God’s good plan for us and a hope-filled path for making much of Jesus.
Don’t Waste Your Cancer is for anyone touched by a life-threatening illness. It first appeared as an appendix in Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. Repackaged and republished, it will serve as a hope-giving resource for healthcare workers, pastors, counselors, and others caring for those with cancer and other serious illnesses. The booklets are also available in packs of ten.
Spectacular Sins (Redesign): And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, by John Piper
This is not just another book about the problem of evil. It is more specific and more radical. The focus is not on spectacular calamities, but spectacular sins. The question is not, Where was God in the storm? but, What is God’s design in sin?
Piper’s claim is that God does not just rule the wind; he rules wickedness, your sin, and the sin of those who have hurt you. How can this be good news—for you and for the world? That is the question. Piper answers with unswerving allegiance to God’s Word. And it is good news.