The Christian life is more than thinking - but not less. And it's more than feeling - but not less. It's more than doing as well - but never less. Healthy followers of Jesus engage their minds, hearts, and hands in glorifying him. This volume, built on the 2010 Desiring God National Conference and John Piper's recent book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God argues that thinking and the affections of the heart are inseparable. Our emotions fuel our thoughts for God. Likewise, hard thinking about God leads to deeper joy in our relationship with him. And both, in turn, help us focus outward as we express a greater love for others. Contributions by Rick Warren, Francis Chan, John Piper, R. Albert Mohler Jr., R. C. Sproul, and Thabiti Anyabwile bring a wealth of perspective and experience in calling for readers to love God and others with heart and mind and hands.
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My pastor I had at Moose Creek is a huge fan of John Piper, who influenced me to start reading his books and listening to his sermons, which are really, really good. Well, this is a compilation book that resulted from a conference a couple years ago. It includes chapters from 5 esteemed colleagues of Piper's, and the overall theme of the book discusses how important study and knowledge of God is, but points out that knowing a lot is one thing, but if it is not shared with a loving heart it will not be received as openly. Further, a balanced combination of knowledge and love results in people who serve in all different ways. I think they intend for this book to be for any Christian, I think it focuses more to pastors, after all these men are all pastors of churches. Each contributor gave a distinctive and compelling presentation, but my favorite by far was the chapter by Francis Chan. I also was attentive to Thabiti Anyabwile's chapter as he is a former Muslim, so I thought the points he made were very interesting. The topic of this book is rather dry, but it is important and worth the time to listen or read. The panel discussion at the end was where I started to become restless. It was like a group of big smart men sitting together showing off how smart they are. So I deducted points from my rating because of that.
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