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John Piper

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Praise for" A Godward Heart""As a longtime admirer of John Piper's powerful proclamation of the 'supreme-ness' of Christ in all things, I found this collection of short devotions to be comforting, thought provoking, and disturbing--all at the same time. Applying your understanding of the gospel to the real world has inescapable consequences. What you believe about the gospel determines the world you build. Here are, in a sense, John Piper's blueprints.""--Kirk Cameron, actor, writer, producer""Pastor John Piper has a way, through these devotions, of waking me up from spiritual slumber. God has used these meditations to open my eyes to truth that sets me free.""--Shane Barnard, recording artist""My thirsty heart has often been directed to streams of living water through the devotional writings of Pastor John Piper. "A Godward Heart" is a fresh invitation to seek the Lord, to sit at the feet of the Savior, to savor Him as your greatest treasure, and to find deep satisfaction for your soul as you drink from His well that never runs dry.""--Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Revive Our Hearts teacher/host"

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To Satisfy Your Soul — with God
 
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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2061 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160142566X
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBRUBFC
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scattered Thoughts from a Serious Scholar 1 Feb 2014
By jemedm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Every time I review a book by John Piper, I always start with the same line – Piper is a serious thinking and a scholar. This review of Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God who Loves You is no different because it takes a quick but deep look at many different topics (50 of them). There are some serious nuggets in this book that I believe anyone could gain benefit from reading. I have listed a few of those below:

• Covering the Chasm – a look at the “rebellion of nudity.” If you’ve ever had a child ask you why we wear clothes since Adam and Eve were originally naked, well, this provides that answer for you.
• Changed Lives in Jesus’ New Life – an examination of how to live a radical life due to the Resurrection of Christ. We should not lose heart as we age and our bodies give out because the focus should be on the renewing of our inner selves.
• Coed Combat and Cultural Cowardice – a discussion of what women in combat really means. He says that men have decided to “let women die; I’ll keep my career” (158). I’ll not go any further, but he has serious issues with men that would step aside and let a woman take a bullet that he could instead take for her.
• Why Require Unregenerate Children to Act like they are Good – a provision of three reasons why parenting by God’s will is effective even for those that are yet to yield their hearts in faith to God.

The main difference in this book and any other that he has written is its disjointedness, which was by design. He makes it clear in his opening that this is simply a collection of thoughts that may change someone’s life. He readily admits that, while has read volumes of books, it is often a paragraph or sentence or phrase that has made a huge difference in his life. Rather than digging into a longer, expositional work, Piper goes short, sweet, and to the point.

While not a bad read, A Godward Heart is not what I was expecting from him. It does not fit his normal work; so, for me at least, I was a bit disappointed. You can and will learn from the book, but just understand the difference going in as a reader.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 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 25: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a devotional, but good tidbits on theology if you're a Calvinist. 31 Jan 2014
By hannah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
John Piper's "devotional" of sorts was an enjoyable read with short chapters on a variety of random topics regarding the Christian life that are easy to read and understand. The title is a little misleading as it causes one to think it's a daily reading with inspirational thoughts on the love of God and loving God in your personal life. I found a lot of the topics to revolve around things like marriage, parenting, heaven vs. hell, original sin, and other core doctrines, all from the perspective of course of a staunch Calvinist. Parts were more helpful than others and there were portions I flat out disagreed with. But I appreciate John Piper's humble approach to teaching doctrine in that he doesn't slam those who disagree with his personal take on theology, and even notes that "Some who take the side of Arminianism are more godly than Calvinists" despite the fact that he is a Calvinist.

Whether or not you appreciate the little nuggets of teaching in this book will greatly depend on your stance in theology.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review -- A Godward Heart, Treasuring the God Who Loves You by John Piper 6 April 2014
By Rose F - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Overview/Summary

A Godward Heart is marketed as a devotional book, but it's really a series of 50 short essays that are heavy on Calvinist theology and the author's pet social commentary. The readings are short, but this book isn't "light reading." There seems to be no unifying theme or overall goal of the book, but the readings themselves are interesting and thought provoking. The author describes them as meditations, and since the word meditate can mean "think about and consider," that may have been the only purpose of the writing.

My Thoughts

I came away from A Godward Heart more pensive and perplexed than encouraged. The tone of the book shifts between essays but gravitates to harshness. I think it was misleading for this title to be marketed as a devotional text. I've written two papers on Calvinism, and I have at least a basic understanding of the author's theology. The book is valuable as a collection of Calvinist essays, but whether it will have value as a devotional will probably depend on the reader's theological background.

I spent most of my time thinking about the reasons I disagree with the author's viewpoints, and my favorite section of the book was actually the introduction where he talks about the value of paragraphs. The writer in me just couldn't resist smiling at that.

Several of the readings, especially Chapter 20, Gleaning Truth From GK Chesterton: How a Roman Catholic Can Serve Today's Happy Calvinists, are blatant propagandizing and have nothing whatsoever to do with cultivating a "Godward Heart" or treasuring God.

I received a free copy of this text in exchange for my honest review.

Overall

If you're interested in Calvinist theology, or just like to read books that will challenge you to think about why you believe the way you do, this may be a good addition to your library. If you're looking for a devotional, or some teaching about finding the spiritual in your every day life go elsewhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 6 Feb 2014
By D. Kinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Even though John Piper has written over 50 books, this is the first book I have ever read by him. It was a great introduction to his writings and a great devotional for believers.

This devotional is a 50 chapter summary of the Christian faith. Piper explores the basis of our faith as well as how to live a Godly life. He does not provide a step-by-step explanation but instead guides the reader into a real heartfelt desire to follow God. It is as inspiring as it is challenging.

The chapters are not long but the truths are deep. I like that Piper can get to the heart of the matter without belaboring the point or becoming so verbose that the reader is bored. Yes, I could have read this book in a few days, but I took longer to contemplate the deep Biblical truths that are not always easy to grasp.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work 4 Feb 2014
By Liz Terek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A Godward Heart: John Piper
In Christian circles, John Piper is a well-known name. Having served three decades as a pastor, authoring over 50 books, & running the website, desiringGod.org, he’s solidified his position as a foremost teacher of theology.
His latest work, ‘A Godward Heart’ involves helping fellow Christians to delve deeper into intimacy with the Heavenly Father. Here, he divides Christian issues into separate pieces & separate chapters where he discusses each then gives the opportunity for reflection. Each of these bit-sized pieces is more revelation than devotions.
Holding tight to Scripture, Piper discusses personal experiences alongside other spiritual tidbits. Political engagement, marital confrontation, & parenting are just a few of the topics covered. There is truly something for everyone in every stage of their Christian walk. There incredibly personal reflections. It’s written more like a friend would talk to you over coffee. You won’t find pretense or a holy-than-thou style from John Piper.
It seems to be written with today’s busy Christian in mind. It doesn’t require a huge investment of time, just an open heart to hear God’s truth. If you’re looking to reconnect this New Year, ‘A Godward Heart’ is a great place to start.
More info is available through the publisher: [...] I received one print copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
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