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Think by John Piper [Book Review]

Posted by on Dec 11, 2010 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

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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The Way Home – Movie Review

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Movies, Reviews | 0 comments

The Way Home, starring Dean Cain, is a movie based on a true story. Randy Simpkins is a hard working dad trying to provide for his family, though his wife, Christal, feels he is too focused with his work and doesn’t spend enough quality time with his family. While preparing for a family vacation, their two-year-old son, Joe, goes missing. The movie is about the whole community coming together to help find Joe.

I thought this was an excellent movie. It is definitely a tear jerker for the women, but it is still an excellent movie for men as well. I love how the community almost forms one family when they’re searching for Joe and the love within the Christian community is clearly shown as they pray for the Simpkins family and trust God while the search is going on.

If you get this DVD, I also recommend watching the extras where the cast interacts with the real Simpkins family and they talk about the actual event that happened 7-9 years ago. If you’re looking for a good, Christian movie to watch, I recommend this movie.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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