About a year ago, I read a book by John Piper titled “Don’t Waste Your Life.” I just wrote a book review for a church newsletter, so I thought I’d share my comments on the book with you:
John Piper opens the book with the story of an old man who accepts Christ at the end of his life and laments through tears about his life saying, “I’ve wasted it! I’ve wasted it!” The impact of this story on Piper’s life led him to consider what it really means to live a life that is not wasted.
In a world of subjectivity, he emphasizes the importance of reading God’s word to know His will. And as he studied the Bible, Piper came to the conclusion that the aim of our life is the glorify God and delight in Him. He expounds on what Paul meant in Galatians when he wrote about boasting only in the cross. The book also details the implications of living out the Gospel in our relationships and at work. Moreover, Piper exhorts his readers to treasure Christ above all else.
While the content of the book is challenging, the 1-2 page sections within each chapter make it easier to digest. Throughout the book, Piper quotes and references Scripture and quotes teaching of well-known authors, like C.S. Lewis. The solid theological foundation and applicability of this book guarantee that your time spent reading it will not be a waste of your life.
And even if you’re not a big fan of rap… give this high energy song by Lecrae a listen- the title is the same as the book: Don’t Waste Your Life.