A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You

A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You

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by John Piper

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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…  See more details below


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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“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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A Word to the Reader

One of the reasons I put together collections of short meditations is that my life has been changed as much by paragraphs as by books. Books on one topic are valuable. They let the author explore all the angles of an insight. But where do the insights themselves come from? Usually they come from paragraphs. Even sentences. For reasons not entirely explainable, God can make a single paragraph life changing.

Perhaps some evening your soul is hungry. Not for anything in particular, just a soul-hunger. A longing. Something is needed beyond what television is going to give. Something about God, or about the meaning of your life, or about eternity. You’re tired and you know you probably can’t stay awake to read twenty pages. So you pick up a book that you know focuses on eternal things, a Godward book. And three minutes later you have seen something, and you will never be the same again.

It may take a lifetime to sound the depths of what you just saw. But the seeing happens in an instant. It’s as if God takes the paragraph in his fingers and uses it to adjust the lens on the eye of your soul, and something wonderful comes into focus that you had never seen before.

Isn’t it amazing to think about the relationship between God’s focusing fingers and the human activity of writing and reading? You may have read that same paragraph before, perhaps just the other evening. But this time God put his fingers on it and turned the lens just one more focusing notch. What this means is that I should pray as a writer and you should pray as a reader. We should ask God to do this focusing.

I think of your reading and my writing as a kind of partnership in the pursuit of a Godward miracle. I write, you read, but God gives the sight. What we both want is this miracle of seeing—seeing lifechanging things about God and life and eternity.

In one of his letters the apostle Paul said, “By reading you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4, author’s translation). But was reading enough? A few sentences later he prayed that they “may have strength to…know the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18–19). Something more was needed than reading. Something from God—he called it “strength to know.” Earlier he had prayed that the eyes of his readers’ hearts would be “enlightened, that you may know” (Ephesians 1:18). Something from God is needed—in answer to prayer. This is what I meant when I said that God takes a human paragraph and puts his fingers on the lens of the eye of your soul. The slightest turn and we are made strong with sight. We are never the same again.

So I have written. And you are reading. And God is ready to act. My words are not Scripture. They are not infallible like God’s words. But my earnest aim in all I write is to be faithful to God’s written Word in the Bible. To point to God and his Son and his works and his ways. My aim is a Godward book in the hope that God will put his fingers on its paragraphs and turn the lens of the eye of your soul, ever so delicately, and bring glories into focus.

This is how God forms us into his image. “Beholding the glory of the Lord, [we] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18). This is our aim: From a Godward paragraph, to a sight of glory, to a Godward heart.

A very special word of thanks is due to David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God. David helped me assemble these meditations from all the different places and times where I had written them. After I reworked them for this book, he provided his sharp theological, stylistic, and formatting eye to help me refine them for final release. I admire David’s gifts and love his friendship. Thank you, David, for your partnership.

I have enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Multnomah Books, especially in bringing my shorter writings to publication. A Godward Heart is a continuation of what we began in A Godward Life, Book One (2001), continued in A Godward Life, Book Two (2003), Pierced by the Word (2003), Life as a Vapor (2004), and Taste and See (2005). I am thankful for this publishing partnership for the sake of spreading what I pray will prove to be life-changing, Christ-exalting paragraphs.

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A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
I find it rather hard to review a devotional.  Devotionals are meant to be read slowly, one day at a time.  They are for pondering, savoring, meditating.  However, time does not allow me to do that.  So I read it quickly, and then put it back on my shelf… to be read slowly during my quiet time in the coming days. John Piper fills the pages of A Godward Heart with 50 meditations that draw your soul closer to God.  Each bite sized devotional is deeply soul stirring, leading you closer to a better knowledge of our Father in heaven. Day 25 is an anniversary meditation on 1 Corinthians 13, while day 12 focusses on living as if the world was passing away.   Day 17 is a commentary  on the true view of doctrine, and day 30 commentates on caring for the hopeless, the hurting, and the downtrodden. I highly recommend you add this book to your quiet time with the Lord. 5 out of 5 stars.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
John Piper’s latest work, A Godward Heart, involves helping fellow Christians to delve deeper into intimacy with the Heavenly Father. Holding tight to Scripture, Piper discusses personal experiences alongside other spiritual tidbits. There is truly something for everyone in every stage of their Christian walk. It’s written in the style of how a friend would talk to you over coffee. 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. He makes it clear in his opening that this is simply a collection of thoughts that may change someone’s life. An enjoyable read with short chapters on a variety of random topics regarding the Christian life that is easy to read and understand. A thought-provoking devotional and I would recommend this book. The chapters are not very long and each covers a different topic. Though the chapters are brief, they have real substance to them, as the author offers real biblical teachings about the topics he writes about. I received a free copy of this EBook from WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
A GODWARD HEART Treasuring the God Who Loves You By John Piper John Piper, author of Desiring God, offers 50 meditations for your journey to a Godward heart. The chapters cover many subjects, such as; Does God lie, how do you give God strength, what love does and does not do, these are just a few examples of the 50 chapters offered in this informative book. Each chapter is short and may be used as a short Bible studies or devotional. I found them very easy and enjoyable to read. The reader will definitely find themselves pondering what they have read. The answers Mr. Piper gives are easy to understand and are scriptural. Here is a link to the Authors Bio.\, http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=74956 I received this book free from Blogging For Books. 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 255
RRoode More than 1 year ago
I recently read a book by John Piper titled A Godward Heart.  I took pause before reading this book because I find that I don’t agree with Piper on a number of theological points.  But I also didn’t want to miss any insights he may have into pointing the heart towards God because this is so much what this time is about for me.  So with a bit of hesitancy I began to read. There are so many beautiful discoveries within the 50 chapters of this book.  It is obvious that John Piper loves God and longs to not only live his own life directed toward God, but to also point others to the God he loves so much.  The chapters are short which gives them a devotional feel, but I wouldn’t consider all topics covered to be devotional material.  The subtitle of this book is Treasuring  the God Who Loves You, and for the most part Piper devotes his writing to this very thing.  But some chapters feel out of place; short essays on topics that aren’t heavy enough on how they relate to treasuring God. Overall, I encountered quite a bit of truth within these pages.  I was also inspired to spend more time really meditating and studying Scripture instead of giving it a quick read through.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You by author John Piper takes the reader deep into the love of God and how He desires to relate to His children. There are fifty meditations that enable the reader to grow deeper in their faith and love for God. Author Piper, writer of the wonderful book Desiring God, allows the reader to be challenged as well as stretched by his meditations. He looks at such things as: hearing from God personally, the loss and suffering found within the life of the believer, why God outwardly tells His children that He delights in them, why use Twitter, the problem with prosperity preachers, and so much more. If this whets your appetite, then you will be in for an enjoyable journey reading the rest of the book. Author Piper is very relatable and understanding. He doesn't talk down to the reader, yet he does challenge and draw one to think about their life and if they want to improve upon it. God didn't call us to sit and become comfortable and this book helps to move the believer out of their comfort zone to become stronger and more effective in their Christian walk. There are many scriptures given so the reader can conduct additional study if they desire. There are also many points given that could be used as a teaching lesson for a small group class. This would be a nice devotional book and/or gift book if you are looking to enhance a believer's walk with God.