Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review: Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper

John Piper is a blessing to a generation. His books are very thought-provoking, and his latest work, appropriately titled Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God, does not disappoint here. Actually, it doesn’t disappoint anywhere. Piper encourages his readers (or listeners) to think.

Think is about using our minds in worship. The best section of the book delves deeply into this subject, analyzing the great commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… soul… mind… and strength.” Piper argues that thinking is essential to loving God with our mind, which weighs against anti-intellectualism. But he finishes his argument with the point that thinking should stir our affections (emotions) towards Christ.

The only downside was that his chapter on Jonathan Edwards seemed short. Since he has written extensively on Edwards elsewhere, this minor flaw can be overlooked. Actually, with Christian radio voice Wayne Shepherd narrating, the book is one of the best audiobooks I’ve gotten to enjoy from ChristianAudio (and that’s saying something).

Any library can be improved with a title from John Piper. Think has certainly improved my digital library, and I think it has improved the life of my mind as well.

To buy the book, visit ChristianAudio.com (direct link).
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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