Tuesday, June 26, 2007

John Piper Books for $5

 

On Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, all books are on sale for $5 at desiringGod.org.  (Click here for more info:  http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/690_all_books_for_5/) 

 

From the official announcement:

Every book in our store will be $5 on June 27-28, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

No limits, so spread the word.

(This sale is online only.)

If you take advantage of this offer, I have a few recommendations for your consideration.

 

  1. God's Passion for His GloryThis book shook the foundations of my thinking by showing me why God does what He does.  He made man, not because He was lonely or needed us, but to manifest His glory.  Furthermore, God is glorified not just in making Himself known, but in being delighted in.  The message of Jonathan Edwards' "The End for Which God Created the World" is included in this half-Piper, half-Edwards book (along with many helpful footnotes).  What is the point?  God is glorified not just in His glory being seen, but supremely when it is seen and rejoiced in.  This book is not an easy or fast read (at least it wasn't for me), but it is well worth it, and if I could have only one book from John Piper, this would be it.

 

  1. Don't Waste Your LifeI wish this book had been around when I was a teenager.  I have given this to some recent graduates.  The message:  a life spent suffering (and even dying) for the joy of making Christ known is not a waste.  A waste is trying to be "cool" now and living out your golden years with trivialities instead of living a life of radical sacrifice, service and intense devotion to King Jesus.

 

  1. Let the Nations Be Glad: the Supremacy of God in MissionsThis is a great theology of missions with important practical ramifications.  Piper says missions exists because worship doesn't.  The goal of missions is to take the Gospel individuals from all people groups.  A key implication is that those people who do not have the Gospel in their language need to become more of an emphasis in missions.

 

  1. The Supremacy of God in PreachingThis is a fiery book on preaching and should be an encouragement for every faithful minister.  If you are a pastor or considering the pastorate, please read this book.  If you think your pastor would read it, you may want to get it for him.  I love when Piper recounts how God used a sermon where he did not even have clear application to encourage a struggling family – not with felt-needs mishmash but with a glorious display of the holiness of God.

 

  1. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals – In some ways, this is Don't Waste Your Life for pastors.  The book is full of thought provoking pastors that goes against the grain of the CEO-mentality present in many circles of pastoral leadership and is a call for a radical God-centered, Gospel-focused, Christ-exalting, others-serving ministry that looks different from the business model and will bear lasting fruit for the glory of Christ and the joy of His people and preachers.

 

  1. Preaching the Cross – I don't actually have this book yet, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the audio messages from which it is compiled.  The chapters are from the speakers at the 2006 Together for the Gospel Conference.  Piper spoke on why expositional preaching is particularly glorifying to God and had sage advice for preachers to be men whose sermons should be soaked in the blood of Jesus and singed with the fires of hell.  In other words, preaching is serious business, it is based on God's Word, the glory of God is paramount, and the eternal souls of men and women are our concern.  (The other messages are excellent as well.)

 

  1. Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary GodThis book is by John's wife, Noël Piper, and is another book I have not read.  However, I bought it for my wife and she read it in two days.  It contains biographies of Sarah Edwards (Jonathan's wife), Lilias Trotter, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn Kim, and Helen Roseveare.  My wife found it very encouraging and wants to learn more about these women through whom God showed Himself strong and faithful.

 

(Note: Piper also has biographical works in The Swans Are Not Silent series, which I have read a part of and found helpful.  Titles include The Roots of Endurance (John Newton, Charles Simeon, William Wilberforce), The Legacy of Sovereign Joy (Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin), The Hidden Smile of God (John Bunyan, William Cowper, David Brainerd) and Contending For Our All (Athanasius, John Owen, J. Gresham Machen).  Piper strongly advocates making Christian biography a part of our reading diet and has modeled its importance in books such as these.)

 

I hope you are able to take advantage of this special offer.  Tolle lege – - take up and read!

 

Doug Smith

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