Don't Waste Your Life

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John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells....' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a ...

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Overview

John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells....' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy.

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433506321
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 110,218
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN PIPER is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. His many books include
When I Don't Desire God, God Is the Gospel, and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ and their DVDs and study guides.

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Table of Contents

Preface: For Christians and Non-Christians 9

1 My Search for a Single Passion to Live By 11

2 Breakthrough-the Beauty of Christ, My Joy 23

3 Boasting Only in the Cross, The Blazing Center of the Glory of God 43

4 Magnifying Christ Through Pain and Death 61

5 Risk Is Right-Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It 79

6 The Goal of Life-Gladly Making Others Glad in God 99

7 Living to Prove He Is More Precious Than Life 107

8 Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5 131

9 The Majesty of Christ in Missions and Mercy-A Plea to This Generation 155

10 My Prayer-Let None Say in the End, "I've Wasted It" 183

Desiring God Ministries 191

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Dusty theology

    This is my first Piper-read book. I am new to Reformed theology. I am 56.5 years old. I have wasted most of my life. I struggle with understanding Piperisms. He is a very dry writer to me. I understand Calvinism better than I do Piper. In all honesty, I am convicted by some what he writes. I do appreciate some of his wisdom. It is not a high priority in reading. I have read most of it. In putting my life back in a Godly manner, other books have more revelance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

    great book

    This book has really convicted me on some wonderful areas in my life that need some improvement...it also serves as a great Biblical pep-talk as Piper explains just what it means to live for Christ... 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Saved

    Most of the reviews I have read are from collge age students, but I read it about seven years out of college and find it that much more impacting on my life! I have a deeper understanding as to why our society has shaped our thinking for the worst. This book unlocks those chains and give you direction and know how in living a Christian lifestyle with excitement and optimism. I also felt like it gave more insight as to how God loves us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    Life Changing, Mentally and Spiritually Stimulating

    If you are a bored Christian, feeling like you've heard it all, you need to read this book. It has the capacity to turn you on your head, urging you to rethink the 'God loves me' and 'WIFM' mentality that is taught at most churches today. If you are bored and feeling lost, unfed, this book will tell you why. You've been looking for the wrong thing. You've been focusing your energies in the wrong direction. God does have a plan for you and your life - but it isn't what you think it is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    God

    He is awesome no he is so Aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeesssssssoooooooooooooooooommmmmmmeeeeee better then my favorite stuff i want to see god waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    My heart was just opened by God.

    I felt it! I really dod! It kinda tickled. Its still happening.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Read it if you want to change your life.

    This book is an excellent guide for the ways to see how God wants you to live. It makes you see that putting Him first is the one and only way to not waste your life. It isn't for the person who is just looking for the next fad way to make yourself feel better. If you really apply this book to your life, it will forever change you. Take it from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    I learned a lot

    Even though I felt this book was a bit drawn out and I didn't agree with everything Piper says, I think it's a good book that can help a believer strive to do things that will glorify God and please Him in all they do. It can make you look at your life from a different perspective, and you'll be a better person for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Wonderful Book

    This is a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it. As a college student, I found it a great reminder for me to get going with life, and to take 'risks'-not to be so me-focused, but to be willing to sacrifice for Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    Essential reading

    John Piper hits the nail on the head! A must read for every christian actively seeking God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    The best you can be

    The title pretty much says it all. This is a book about being the best you can be.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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