I recently commented on several books that I was reading, namely, three books by John Piper. Because these were books I bought, and the fact I have a stack of complimentary books awaiting reviews, I thought it prudent to only comment briefly on these.
The three books I am reading–Don’t Waste Your Life, Finally Alive and This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence—are quite good and have given me pause on a number of points made. I will not post on those points, but I would like to share some of the memorable quotes from these books. Enjoy!
From Don’t Waste Your Life:
Quoting Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ” – p. 63
“The health, wealth, and prosperity ‘gospel’ swallows up the beauty of Christ in the beauty of his gifts and turns the gifts into idols. The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God. They are impressed when God is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ’s sake and count it gain” – p. 72
“The design of Paul’s suffering was to make radically clear for his own soul, and for ours, that God and God alone is the only treasure who lasts. When everything in life is stripped away except God, and we trust him more because of it, this is gain, and he is glorified” – p.73
From Finally Alive:
“If our forgiveness depended on the fullness of the knowledge of our sins, we would all perish. No one knows the extent of his sinfulness. It is deeper than anyone can fathom” – p. 46
From This Momentary Marriage:
“A profound understanding and fear of God’s wrath is exactly what many marriages need, because without it, the gospel is diluted down to mere human relations and loses its biblical glory. Without a biblical view of God’s wrath, you will be tempted to think that your wrath–your anger–against your spouse is simply too big to overcome, because you have never really tasted what it is like to see an infinitely greater wrath overcome by grace, namely, God’s wrath against you” pp. 44-45
Αυτω η δοξα,