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John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy.
"God created us to live with a single passion to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives."
Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!
About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN 10: 1581344988
ISBN 13: 9781581344981
“This book ranks among Piper’s very best. As a sophomore in college, Don’t Waste Your Life was intensely and profoundly life changing. Years later the book still issues a radical challenge: be mastered by one great, all-controlling, majestic thing and be willing to live and die for it. I wish every college student or soon-to-be college student would read this book. Great for discussion, parents and pastors should read this book with their students, grappling together with what it means to live a non-wasted life.”
- Benjamin Thocher, Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2012
“Piper's thundering message and clarion call pierce the layers of nonsense that clutter our hearts and lives, mesmerizing and distracting us all from what matters most. Don't Waste Your Life is a passionate and magnetic plea, drawing a generation back from the brink of irrelevant living, propelling them toward lives filled with the wonder of God.”
- Louie Giglio, Passion