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Think by John Piper [Book Review]

Think by John PiperFor the last couple of months I have been (very) slowly reading Think by John Piper, which I received for free from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.  This book has truly been an amazing book.  It really delves deep into a lot of the problems of professing Christianity today.  It seems like more and more people are losing the purpose of and importance of thinking when it comes to Christianity.

This book details why every Christian should be deeply involved in thinking and the importance of that thinking.  And without thinking…  Well, then there is no way of knowing God.

I have really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to everyone.  I look forward to reading more of John Piper’s work.  Here’s a couple of quotes from the book to whet your appetite for more from this book.

The ultimate goal of life is that God be displayed as glorious because of all that He is and all that He has made and done–especially the grace He has shown in the work of Christ.  The way we glorify Him is by knowing Him truly, by treasuring Him above all things, and by living in a way that shows He is our supreme treasure (see Phil. 1:20-21, 23; 3:8).

Therefore, the main reason God has given us minds is that we might seek out and find all the reasons that exist for treasuring Him in all things and above all things. He created the world so that through it and above it we might treasure Him.  The more we see of His surpassing greatness and knowledge and wisdom and power and justice and wrath and mercy and patience and goodness and grace and love, the more we will treasure Him.  And the more we treasure Him, the more he is consciously and joyfully glorified.  The point of this book is that thinking is a God-given means to that end. (pp. 15-16; Think by John Piper)

Two passages of Scripture provide the main point of this book.  The first is 2 Timothy 2:7, where Paul says to Timothy, “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”  The command is that he think, consider, use his mind to try to understand what he means.  And the reason Paul gives for this thinking is this: “For the Lord will give you understanding.”  Paul does not put these in tension: thinking on one side and receiving the gift of understanding from God on the other side.  They go together.  Thinking is essential on the path to understanding.  But understanding is a gift of God.  That’s the point of this book. (pg. 30; Think by John Piper)

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