Sunday, May 18, 2014

Book Review: A Godward Heart

John Piper encourages the heart, stimulates the mind, and renews the spirit with his recent devotional A Godward Heart. Perhaps “devotional” is misleading. When thinking of devotional, one often pictures a single page consisting of 3-4 paragraphs, usually illustrating some well-known Bible verse, and ending with a cheesy poem. Piper’s submissions are more like essays with a devotional flare. He calls them meditations.

This volume consists of 50 meditations that are somewhat random in subject. They represent a set of diverse topics such as, “What Will the Final Judgment Mean to You,” “Abolition and the Roots of Public Justice,” “When Signs and Wonders Go Bad,” and “Coed Combat and Cultural Cowardice,” to name a few.  The subjects are all over the place, but there is a common thread through them all: a desire to display the supremacy of God in all things and to treasure the pleasures of Christ for the glory of God. Piper manages to shine the light of the gospel even when dealing with such topics as the role of women in combat. In addition, his meditations are deeply basted in Scripture. All “opinions” have been sifted through the grid of God’s Word.

A Godward Heart is the latest addition to Piper’s series of heart stirring meditations. My initial exposure to these writings was reading his first book of meditations, A Godward Life. I highly recommend these meditations as part of your devotional reading. John Piper never fails to stimulate deep thinking while at the same time causing the heart to be lifted in worship to our God.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Crown Publishing Group 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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