Don't Waste Your Life

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Crossway Books, 2003 - Religion - 191 pages
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John Piper writes, “I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy.

“God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!

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It's ok but just a little to educational for me. - Goodreads
And that can be hard to read. - Goodreads
John Piper is a brillant writer. - Goodreads
This is a short book, very easy to read. - LibraryThing
But Piper's writing style is just terrible. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Dann Zinke - Goodreads

Like most of Piper's books, this one is twice the length it needs to be, but there is good stuff to be mined. Lots of biblical support and citations is always a good thing, but also has the effect of breaking up the prose and making for chop-ppy reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Tesa Fiona - Goodreads

The book is too radical, a disturbing wake up call to the sleeping church. The urge is so clear that I can feel that my bones are aching. Piper's perspective on love, life and joy is fresh and ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is 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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