As social justice, environmental causes, and not-for-profit ministries rise in popularity, more and more people are looking for a life of adventure, to live for something greater than themselves. Helping Christians put their faith into action for the glory of God, popular pastor John Piper is releasing this stand-alone edition of chapter 5 from his best-selling book Don’t Waste Your Life. Piper teaches that risk is an action that opens us up to the possibility of loss or injury, but that living for Christ necessarily involves taking risks in faith, a road that ultimately leads to fullness of joy, the glory of God, and the good of others.
- A Time for Risks
Risk is Right is torn from Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. DWYL is a great book, if you’ve read that you may not need this. If you aren’t going to read DWYL, then at Risk is Right is just the point to start at. This is Piper at his passionate best. Piper is speaking to that element in the younger generation that desires greatness. Risk is nothing without a cause, we’re all taking risks, what are we taking them for?
This book is short, poignant and powerful, I like short books, here’s a short review. We all know people making decisions, at times big decisions; this book would be an ideal gift. We all have strength, gamble it all on banking on God’s promises. That is Piper’s point, except he uses scripture to make his argument.
This is an audiobook review of Piper's Risk is Right. The copy was provided for me as a reviewer by christianaudio, found at christianaudio.com.
- Stepping Out In Faith
Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It, by John Piper is a stand-alone professionally recorded, audio edition of chapter 5 from his his best-selling book Don’t Waste Your Life. This audio edition discusses stepping out in faith and putting our faith into action. Challenging us, the modern Christians, to get out of our comfort zones and do something for the glory of God!
Many of us talk a lot of talk about things that need to be done, or about what we would like to do, but how many of us really take the risk to actually do the work that needs to be done? Too few, according to the author. I have heard of author John Piper, but have never listened to, or read any of his work up until I heard this audiobook, which actually spoke directly to me.
I have recently begun to step out in faith through my church and have started working with several of our different ministry's. This is something that is totally out of character for me, but I am finding that God works in ways (through me) that I would never have expected. If you are sitting on the fence, wondering whether to take a risk for the Lord, or play it safe, I encourage you to take a listen to this powerful message. It might just be what you need to hear.
The audio was clean and crisp. The narrator's voice was clear and easily understandable. He uses appropriate intonation and inflection to make the audio interesting and entertaining to listen to.
If you are looking for a way to make your walk with God more intense, and action-focused, lining up with what God wants from you, this is a great audio tool to add to your educational library.
- No Risk, No Reward
Risk Is Right by John Piper is a quality small book about taking risks for God to help others and ultimately give glory to God. The main theme of the book is that risking everything for the cause of Christ is right and will quite often lead to fulfilment and joy.
He uses numerous biblical examples of men and women of faith that stepped out into the unknown trusting that God would come through for them and the results were almost always good. He encourages believers to step out of their comfort and stop wasting their lives and God given potential.
It was quite a challenging book for me, despite its short length, because I am not much of a risk taker. It was good to be challenged to take some risks, rely on God and look forward to the results.
The narration was very good as it flowed along nicely and made listening easy.
This is a very good book for Christians who like to play it safe and do the easy-to-do tasks instead of using their God given abilities to make a difference in the world.
This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.
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- Short, but to the point and easy to digest
Well Piper has done it again. A great, challenging, Bible saturated, Christ glorifying book that get s to the very heart of being a Christian.
I actually listened to the audiobook version. Firstly I was challenged by Dr. David Platt's forward, that would have been enough, really, but then Piper works through examples of Biblical characters, and the risks they took - not knowing what the outcome would be, but trusting God to do his will in their lives - whatever the outcome.
The book was quite short, so I was surprised, but as we find many influential writers in their later years have huge impact with smaller simpler easier-to-digest books. And the book is no exception.
Buy it for your self, buy it for your spouse or friend or small group leader to encourage them to step out in faith (take a risk) for the sake of the advancement of the glory of God.
- Short, but packs a punch
Risk is Right by John Piper is shorter in length than many of the sermons I’ve heard by the renounced author and speaker. It’s short but, in typical Piper fashion, it’s packed with superb biblical exegesis, convicting call-to-mission refrains, and powerful proclamations of the incomparable glory of God.
The thesis of the book is that, as Christians, risking our comfort, security, and even lives for the gospel is “right.” Piper uses examples from the Old Testament, New Testament, and church history to illustrate his point. He compares the risk taking of the believer with both the sovereignty of God and the riches of knowing Christ. Both are greater than any earthly risk we could take for the sake of the gospel.
He deals beautifully with the paradoxical ideas of martyrdom for Christ and the promises of Jesus that God will take care of our needs. “What if Christians starve?” Piper asks. This section of the book has some of the greatest insights on Christians and suffering I’ve ever heard. I found myself broken with conviction for my misinterpretation of what “daily bread” and “more than conquerors” can mean.
This book could be a wake-up call for American Christians who are living in complacency, afraid to risk. It’s short enough that it won’t be overlooked for by those who are intimidated by some of Piper’s other, lengthier books. In fact, this book is basically a stand-alone edition of one chapter from Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life.
In this audiobook version, David Cochran Heath does his usual great job on narration.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- Take Big Risks for God
John Piper is one of my favorite Christian preachers and authors, in part because his passion for God is contagious. This little book (or booklet) is a challenge to believers to take risks for God. Piper links risk to ignorance—ignorance of the consequences of our actions. Where there is ignorance, there is risk.
The book goes on to consider some of the great risks in the Bible, such as King David’s military commander, Joab, whose uncertain battle maneuver led him to say to his men, “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him” (2 Samuel 10:12, ESV). He also takes a look at the life of Paul, missionary of God and risk taker who saw both the great advancement of the gospel and deep personal loss as a result of stepping out on faith and risking it all for God.
Ultimately the call of God is a call to risk. There is no risk for God, who is not bound by ignorance as we are. And it is not risk for us in one sense because we have assurance of grace and salvation if we believe. But there is risk in that we do not know if our personal sacrifices and risks will result in personal benefit in the here and now. Piper’s challenge is to take risks for God’s glory, and that is worth our consideration.
I would caveat that, since this book is so short, a much longer work is more worthy of your investment and will give you a bigger return on your dollar. Risk Is Right was originally published as chapter five of Don’t Waste Your Life. For only a few dollars more you’ll get the entire package, a book that I received when I graduated from high school and which has benefited me immensely.
I received this book from christianaudio for review.
- Better To Lose Your Life Than Waste It
“We live in a world where half the population is living on less than $2 a day and over a billion people dwell in desperate poverty. Such physical need is only surpassed by spiritual poverty….”
“Retreat or risk?
Throughout redemptive history the question has confronted God’s people…we too can retreat into a wilderness of wasted opportunity. We can rest content in casual, convenient, cozy, comfortable Christian lives as we cling to the safety and security this world offers. We can coast through a cultural landscape marked by materialism, characterized by consumerism and engulfed in individualism. We can assent to the spirit of this age and choose to spend our lives seeking worldly pleasures, acquiring worldly possessions and pursuing worldly ambitions all under the banner of cultural Christianity. Or we can decide that Jesus is worth more than this…. ”
This short audiobook is an excerpt of chapter 5 from John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life.” You can download a pdf of this book free at his website, but in my opinion the forward by David Platt is a great addition that you won’t get in the pdf file. Also David Cochran Heath does a superb job of reading this excerpt.
Have you ever struggled with the conundrum of: “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish?” Or “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” versus “they went about in they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented?” John Piper does an excellent job of addressing these paradoxes.
The word imagery in this excerpt as one review has said, “packs a punch.” For example:
“The people were gripped by the beguiling enchantment of security—the notion that there is a sheltered way of life apart from the path of God-exalting obedience….Are you caught in the enchantment of security, paralyzed from taking any risks for the cause of God? Or have you been freed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the mirage of Egyptian safety and comfort?”
It is also a balanced in it’s outlook. It addresses the dangers in calling Christians to accept risks. Here is one:
“namely, that we might become so fixated on self-denial that we are unable to enjoy the proper pleasures of this life that God has given for our good.”
In conclusion just to sum it all up I’ll insert a quote from the actual book here:
“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.
This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life.
Some of you will die in the service of Christ. That will not be a tragedy.
Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy” (p. 10).
I can’t speak for the rest of John Piper’s book since I haven’t read it – but this chapter excerpt is worth your listening time!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this audiobook as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. For more information about this and other Christian audio books visit christianaudio.com.
- Short, Sweet, and Powerful
If you have listened to John Piper, or read his earlier works like "Don’t Waste Your Life", you will quickly grasp the heart behind this short and direct little book (pretty much a reworking of a chapter from "Don’t Waste Your Life" in long form). Piper calls on believers in Christ to let go of the mirage of safety in order to attempt the kind of gospel work that might result in glorious success.
While Piper understands that some risks are foolish and obviously wrong, putting yourself at risk of danger or hardship for the sake of the gospel is right. Piper shows us through brief looks at history, the Old Testament, and the New Testament that it has always been the part of believers to put their lives or their comforts on the line in order to see the will of God accomplished.
This little book is simple and encouraging. I would certainly recommend it to anyone thinking about the dangers of missions or the potential hardships of stepping out in faith and sharing the gospel.
I received a free audio copy of this book through christianaudio.com’s reviewers’ program. Though I actually read most of this book in the free PDF that Desiring God offers, I did listen to enough of the audio recording to know that this work meets christianaudio's high standards.
- short, but scripture packed
I didn't know what to expect when I started listening to christianaudio's version of Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It by John Piper. I hadn't heard of this book before I downloaded it. I am writing this review to tell you that I really liked this book.
First of all, as with all of John Piper's books that I've read, there is a significant emphasis on scripture. I love this about his books. They feel more like an expository breakdown of different passages, than they do an opening up of John Piper. Sure, it is just a book, and we are going to get the author's opinion when we read (or listen) to it, but it is so saturated with the Word of God that it feels like the personal opinion is filtered out and the opinion of the inspired text reigns supreme. Because of this emphasis, this book, like so many others that Piper has written, can easily be read over and over again, feeling like there is always something else to get out of it. This also paves the way for this book to become more of a study resource, than simply a light read.
Secondly, this book drilled into an issue that is close to my heart. I have always loved the aspect of excitement and adventure in following Jesus. This book really honed in on this part of my heart in a way that made me think a bit more realistically and at the same time it made me dream big when it comes to risking it all for the sake of Christ.
Finally, on the audio version specifically, David Cochran Heath is one of my favorite voice talents. I had heard his voice in audio Bibles before, but have just recently been hearing his voice in a few audiobooks. He really brings life to the book and his emphasis always seems properly placed.
This wasn't a very long book, but you can pick it up for an affordable price right now. It is worth it.
I am giving this book 4 stars, simply because it wasn't very long.