John Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and live out their golden years with a far greater purpose in mind. They say it's a person's reward for all those years of labor. "Turn in your time card and trade in your IRAs. Let travel plans and golf-course leisure lead the way." But is retirement really the ideal? Or is it a series of poor options that ignore a greater purpose-and will kill a person more quickly than old age?
John Piper responds,"Lord, spare me this curse!" And his resounding message is for anyone who believes there's far more to the golden years than accumulating comforts. It's for readers who long to finish better than they started, persevere for the right reasons (and without fear), experience true security, value what lies beyond their cravings, and live dangerously for the One who gave his life in his prime. With this brief book, Piper is sure to spur fellow baby boomers in their resolve to invest themselves in the sacrifices of love-and to grow old with godly zeal.
- I think the Lord told me to read this
I am thinking about retirement, and felt the Lord told me to read this. The opening verse of the book is the verse-prayer that the Lord had just given to me.
This is not really a book, but 1 1-hr sermon. Of that sermon, a lot of time is taken up giving the story of the martyrdom of Polycarp. Piper has some powerful things to say, and maybe the shortness of it is sufficient. It doesn't seem that this should be sold as a book, as short as it is, but considering all the excellent 1 hr Piper sermons that Christian Audio makes available for free, I don't mind paying for this one.