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Curiosity is such a childish word, right? Not so fast. Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we should lose our wonder at the world, or the people around us. When we do, we lose so much because curious is how God made us to be. Without curiosity a Christian’s life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesn’t know how to interact with the world around him—politics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life. Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends? It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity.
|Publisher:||B&H Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Barnabas Piper is the author of The Pastors Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, and Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith. He co-hosts the popular Happy Rant podcast and 5 Leadership Questions podcast and writes for The Blazing Center as well as numerous other publications and websites. Piper speaks regularly at churches and conferences around the country and lives in Nashville where he works for LifeWay Christian Resources.
Table of Contents
Part 1 To Be Christian Is to Be Curious
Chapter 1 Do Grown-Ups Really Need Curiosity? 9
Chapter 2 Curiosity, Creation, and Culture 19
Chapter 3 Where, Oh Where, Have All the Curious People Gone? 33
Part 2 Curious About …?
Chapter 4 The Right Stuff 61
Chapter 5 In-Bounds and Out-of-Bounds 71
Chapter 6 Taking Curiosity Somewhere 99
Chapter 7 Curiosity without Fear 111
Chapter 8 Optimism, Skepticism, and Curiosity 123
Chapter 9 How Curiosity Shapes the Christian's Life 133
Chapter 10 Curiosity and Eternity 145
Chapter 11 How to Live a Curious Life 153
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think we all understand and expect children to be curious and ask a million and one questions. But what if we, adults, should still be just as curious as our kids? Perhaps you're like me and left your imagination at the door as soon as you were old enough. Or maybe, you've continued to ask questions and explore. Either way, how often are you applying curiosity to your faith? In The Curious Christian, Barnabas Piper makes the argument that Jesus is calling us to curiosity in our faith. "We are fininte creatures bound by time, space, and mental capacity. But bound or not, we almost never press the limits of those boundaries. Rather we stay safely where we are and miss the wonders God has for us." I know that I tend to forget to be curious. I see the world in black and white. And I don't always explore or ask questions because I fear the things I'll never be able to understand if I ask a question without an answer. I also fear being thought silly because of the questions that I often ponder. Don't Let It Go But the point, according to Piper, is to not let go of our curiosity. To remember that we must put aside childish thinking, but we must always question. We must live with "the wonder and merriment and raw enthusiasm kids bring to otherwise mundane experiences reveal the spirit Jesus praises." Rather than focusing our curiosity on ourselves, we now must turn that curiosity towards God and his kingdom. The Curious Christian has me thinking in questions again. I find myself willing to ask questions that may or may not ever be answered. I am practicing curiosity as I read scripture and as I live my daily life. As I look for things that might excite my toddler's mind, I'm also looking for the things that God places in my path to be curious about. Curiosity lets me think outside the box. To imagine what life might be. Or could be. Or how I may want it to look in the future. The Curious Christian may also help you create a more curious life too. I received a copy of this book from LifeWay and B&H Publishers. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, strength, and curiosity….. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. Love is curious…. Curious??? Barnabas Piper in The Curious Christian convincingly connects curiosity to work, leadership, media, culture, racial tensions, as well as our Christian life. His integral weaving of curiosity into every aspect of life is valuable and helpful. I also appreciated his comprehensive take, helping satisfy some of my curious questions about curiosity: What is right and appropriate? Boundaries? How? What questions? Why do we lose our curiosity? What helps grow it? What is the benefits? However, what stood out to me the most is his linking curiosity to love. Love of God and love of neighbor. Essentials of the Christian life. How can we truly love God and others without being curious about them? What do you like? What interests you? What pleases you? What don’t I know about God and others that would enrich my relationship? How can I truly love you better? If God is holy, what does it mean to be holy? How can I be holy? Thank you, Barnabas Piper, for sparking a curious thirst and hunger in me. May all who read his book find a similar enrichment and a similar hunger to seek the Lord! (More on my blog at http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-curious-christian.html ). *I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
I loved Barnabas Pipers book about Pastors Kids so when I saw he had written another book I was eager to read it. I excitedly opened it up and read a few pages and found I was having a hard time staying attentive to what he was saying. A whole lot of definition and going around and around about curiosity. I am naturally a very curious person. I love learning new things and read a lot. This book was hard for me to get into. I was disappointed that the book felt a little drony for me. Curiosity is such a basic concept I almost felt like he was over thinking it a bit. For a person who struggles with curiosity I feel the book can be helpful... a book has to grab me within the first few chapters or I'm out. I received this book from the publisher and netgalley in exchange for my honest review.