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Don't Waste Your Life

Author John Piper
Narrator Lloyd James
Runtime 6.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Hovel
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Release Date March 28, 2006
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In this book John Piper describes his own journey in discovering this great, single passion. And He pleads that at all costs we pursue our joy in the crucified Christ, who is the glory of God.
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Millions of people are wasting their lives pursuing dreams of happiness that don't rise above a good marriage, nice kids, a successful career, a nice car, fun vacations, nice friends, a fun retirement, a painless death, and (hopefully) no hell. John Piper calls this a tragedy in the making. He argues that we were created for joy. We were designed to have one life-encompassing passion.

In this book he describes his own journey in discovering this great, single passion. And He pleads that at all costs we pursue our joy in the crucified Christ, who is the glory of God. The cost is great. But the joy is worth any cost. Don’t buy seductive, tragic promises of worldly joy. Don’t waste your life.

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This is your everlasting soul; this is your everlasting soul watching TV. Any questions?
A book that reminds me that any activity that moves me farther away from Christ is a waste to my life, and all activities must serve to move us closer to Christ, learn more about Christ, spread the Good News and therefore moves me closer to Christ is, well, NOT a waste to my life.
Review by / (Posted on 11/21/2010)
Don't Waste Your Life by John...
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper was an absolutely amazing book.

He begins the book with a little bit of a personal back story to the topic of the book. He goes into detail about one particular event from his childhood regarding the conversion of an older man and the tears that man shed as ye cried, "I've wasted it, I've wasted it!"

Though there is great joy in the salvation of any soul, and in many ways the soul that is in its last days on this earth, there is still that sorrow from a wasted life.

The reality of a wasted life leads to the question of, "What is a wasted life?" and "How can I keep from wasting my life?" These questions became important to John Piper, they are important to me, and they should be important to you.

I highly recommend this book as it shares Pastor Piper's unraveling of these questions in his own life and his compassionate explanations for the sake of the reader's life.
Review by / (Posted on 10/18/2010)
Many of the themes present in...
Many of the themes present in Desiring God resurface in Don’t Waste Your Life. Piper sums up a non-wasted life early in the book:

“God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embrac­ing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.”

But don’t think this is it. Piper is a man of one passion, but he is not limited to a small topical set. The book is well rounded and he doesn’t leave out the parts other authors would have left out because he is so well rounded. Perhaps the most rewarding chapter for me in my present situations was “Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5.” The pleasure and joy of working for Christ instead of just working for “the man” makes all the difference between a good day at work and a bad day. Living in a culture that values leisure time and disdains work, it was a helpful reminder to live in such a way as to glorify God and enjoy him in all the spheres of life.

Lloyd James’ narration is a joy to the ears. His voice is calm, steady, and thoughtful. He adds the right sort of inflection and never lost my interest.

In all, I highly recommend the book. If you’re not sure about it, download the PDF and scan a few chapters for yourself. Or download and listen to the preview on Crossway’s product page. If you’re familiar with Piper at all, this one is certainly worth space on your shelf. It’s already on mine (and not just the free review copy).
Review by / (Posted on 10/5/2010)
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