Living in the Light
- Product Review (submitted on May 25, 2016):
While I've always known of John Piper, this was the first time I listened to one of his books. I like the way he writes and how much Scripture he incorporates into his writing. This book is well-written, and short.
And really, it's Piper's briefness that shines through here. I recently listened through a longer audiobook on the same subject that was a bit of a drag to get through. And really, the point in that book is the same point made in this book: give everything to God. Sex, money and power outside of God become idols, so subject it to him and make Him God.
This point, of course, is great, Biblical, and spot on. Unfortunately, it seems to belittle these struggles. Many Christians in the world who are dealing with the serious issues of sex, money and power find it pretty obvious that they need to give it over to God—that's just kind of Christian common sense. But when overwhelming temptation comes and these things keep messing up their life, it seems to me that telling them to "give it to God" is just a bit too generic to fully help them in that moment.
Granted, Piper says he's not writing a self-help book here with a bunch of steps in it, which is great because I don't generally like those books anyways. But this book still struggles to really grasp the difficulty of it all.
Actually, the most beautiful part of the book to me was when Piper acknowledged the struggle in his own life. At one point he talks about his struggle with money and buying books. He told his story honestly and straight and it gave validity to what he was talking about.
Out of the two books I've listened to on this subject, I'd suggest this one every time. The answer to the problem is generic (though it's the right answer) and to give that answer does not require a long book. And again, that's why this book shines: Piper gets the point across at the get go and doesn't spend 6 hours reiterating it. Yes, some more stories of the struggle could help it out a lot, but from a Biblical perspective, it's pretty solid.