Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Review: Risk Is Right

Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It. By John Piper. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway. pp. 64. 2013. ($7.99 Paperback | $5.99 Kindle | $5.98 Audio)

4 Stars (out of five)
John Piper is one of my favorite Christian preachers and authors, in part because his passion for God is contagious. This little book (or booklet) is a challenge to believers to take risks for God. Piper links risk to ignorance—ignorance of the consequences of our actions. Where there is ignorance, there is risk.

The book goes on to consider some of the great risks in the Bible, such as King David’s military commander, Joab, whose uncertain battle maneuver led him to say to his men, “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him” (2 Samuel 10:12, ESV). He also takes a look at the life of Paul, missionary of God and risk taker who saw both the great advancement of the gospel and deep personal loss as a result of stepping out on faith and risking it all for God.

Ultimately the call of God is a call to risk. There is no risk for God, who is not bound by ignorance as we are. And it is not risk for us in one sense because we have assurance of grace and salvation if we believe. But there is risk in that we do not know if our personal sacrifices and risks will result in personal benefit in the here and now. Piper’s challenge is to take risks for God’s glory, and that is worth our consideration.

I would caveat that, since this book is so short, a much longer work is more worthy of your investment and will give you a bigger return on your dollar. Risk Is Right was originally published as chapter five of Don’t Waste Your Life. For only a few dollars more you’ll get the entire package, a book that I received when I graduated from high school and which has benefitted me immensely.

I received this book from christianaudio for review.

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