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Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

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John Piper ofrece la perspectiva de un pastor sobre la vida de la mente al retar a la iglesia a pensar detenidamente para la gloria de Dios. El nuevo libro de Piper ayudara a los cristianos a "pensar sobre el pensamiento." Enfocarse en la vida de la mente nos ayuda a conocer mejor a Dios, amarlo mas y a cuidar del mundo. Junto con el enfasis en las emociones y la experienc ...more
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Matthew
Jan 27, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There are two basic errors that Christians tend to fall into. One is the elevate thinking and the life of the mind with regards to theology to a point where it fails to connect with real life and results in theoretical Christians who are lacking in love. The other is to essentially demonize thinking and theology because “it only divides” and focus solely on love, which results in Christians who may love others but who worship a God they don’t really know. John Piper’s new book, Think: The Life o ...more
Alexis Neal
A decent enough book. It was, perhaps, less revelatory than Piper may have hoped, at least for me, but I already agreed with him about the importance of thinking (love the Lord your God with all your mind, after all) and the danger of intellectual pride and spiritually dead knowledge. I have seen in my own life the emptiness of head knowledge alone, and have also been guilty of intellectual laziness when I avoided thinking about challenging spiritual truths instead of continuing to grapple with ...more
Rick Davis
Great book on the importance of the life of the intellect for Christians.
A couple of my favorite quotes:

"If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God, to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God's glory is not scholarship but insurrection."

"God did not give us minds as ends in themselves. The mind provides the kindling for the fires of the heart. Theology serves doxology. Reflection serves affection.
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Jake
Jun 13, 2011 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
John Piper's books are always a refreshing read when scattered throughout other writers with varying styles. I love that he references almost everything; I love that you can be confident he's done his research, and I love that he has a clear passion for the Bible and what it has to say about anything and everything.

That being said, this book was a great Piper read. He tackles alot about the processes of thinking and feeling and their connections to our individual relationships with God. His focu
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Rachel
Jun 19, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go back and forth about Pastor John/Dr. Piper (which of the two I choose will color the way I listen to him so I try to pick both). Especially when it comes to the (in my opinion) needlessly ubiquitous discussion/debate about gender roles and subjugating women with regard to leadership in the church. And something about the rigid Calvinist bent to which he vocally subscribes just flat rubs me the wrong way. HOWEVER. However...

I've observed and I believe that the majority of "Christian literatu
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Blake
Jul 05, 2016 Blake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not my favorite book by author, pastor, and theologian, John Piper, I think Piper, in the book, "Think", addressed some critical issues within the culture and especially within the Evangelical world. Often feelings and thinking are pitted against each other as if the Christian life is either all thinking with no feelings, or, given the other extreme, the Christian life is all "feelings" with no thinking. One ends up with either dead orthodoxy or emotional frenzy, depending upon which ex ...more
Jonathan Beigle
Think is all about really going deep when reading the Bible and trying to understand, not just get through it. Piper talks a lot about how some people have the "gift" of thinking and some do not. I totally agree. I'm not really much of a thinker, and I need to do a better job trying to better understand the Bible. During the latter third of the book, Piper really focused on battling anti-intellectualism which says that we don't really need to understand everything, but just need to have faith. A ...more
Aaron
Feb 28, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My full review review is available at Blogging Theologically:

R. C. Sproul once lamented that, “we live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” Strong words, to be sure. But there’s something to them, isn’t there?

Consider, for a moment, how we determine our agreement with ideas and experiences. More often than not, it’s based on what we feel. If it feels good, we do it; and if it feels good, it must obviously be good for us, right?

This comes into
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Trey
Mar 25, 2016 Trey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, it was much different than I thought it was going to be but very thought provoking. It touches on topics like 'How can the act of thinking less to salvation in Christ?' and other... thinky topics... Haha!

It was very matter of fact and clear which in one way was refreshing and made it easy to understand, but I can see how some might think it sounds harsh.

I did really like this book and if you're looking for a book on deeper thinking and a better understanding
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Brian Eshleman
Makes his point that Christians are called to engage emotions and logic and that we too often use faith as an excuse not to concentrate. Does seem repetitive in places, like a bulked-up sermon series.
E-reader
Feb 06, 2014 E-reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An invigorating and inspiring counterbalance to the overriding anti-intellectualism that permeates today's Evangelicalism.
Douglas Wilson
Oct 19, 2010 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This was a very fine book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Ben Mordecai
Nov 22, 2016 Ben Mordecai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was surprised by how much I loved this book. With as many sermons of John Piper as I have listened to several years ago (probably over 200 hours), my expectations were that it would be a kind of repackaging of the concepts of Christian hedonism in the context of thinking, coupled with some cheerleading for thinking deeply as a Christian, but I was wrong, and this book was much more helpful.

What made it so helpful was that Piper is aware that he is talking to a diverse audience who are at diff
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April Thrush
Jan 06, 2017 April Thrush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology-bible
This book was very convicting, especially in saying that the whole point of gaining knowledge is to love God and others better. Many evangelicals tend to dicotomize intellect and spirituality, which is why anti-intellectualism exists and being puffed up with knowledge. Either side is not treating knowledge appropriately. This was a very important reminder to me, especially being a Bible student and an avid reader. If I am not loving others and God more through going to Bible school, I am not app ...more
Kara
Shortly before the holidays I had the opportunity to read John Piper's latest title, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. I have yet to read any of Piper's books that haven't affected me deeply, and Think was no exception, though it's quite different in subject matter than any of his others that I've read. Despite being a fairly short, quick read, I found it just as meaty and profound as any of them. It clearly and logically lays out a case for the place of the intellect in faith. Dr ...more
Lance
Apr 17, 2012 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper
I saw John Piper's book, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God , on the book table1 in church last Sunday and was intrigued by it. For why would he write, of all subjects, about thinking? Except for mentally handicapped individuals, all of us pretty much think, to some degree. It's as natural to us as breathing.

But there is a sense in which we do not think rightly. Either we think about the wrong things or we don't think at all. Either we are too caught up in the life of our mind (th
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Tim Adams
A great challenge to use both our hearts and our minds as we grow in Christ.
Becky Pliego
This is a book every Child of God should read. Because we have been called to love our God "with all our mind," we must understand what the implications are, what does it mean to love Him like that, and how it looks in real life. The aim of this book in Piper's words is: "to encourage serious, faithful, humble thinking that leads to the true knowledge of God, which leads to living him, which overflows in loving others."

A few of my favorite quotes:

"overintellectualism is a plague just like anti-i
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Bendick Ong
Oct 31, 2013 Bendick Ong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Good book reminding us of the importance of holistic Christian growth - not only experiential walk with the heart but also intellectual growth in the mind. For someone who is often told of "thinking too much", this book is such a comfort to me.

First thinks first, please dun be mistaken. I am not against people who dun think.

Though i do get irritated with people who are against people who think. People who look at you blankly, blink a few times, and self-righteously claim that heart-knowledge is
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Brad
Feb 10, 2013 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking.” Those words, attributed to Steve Jobs, were widely shared shortly after his death in 2011. Depending on the way in which Job’s words are understood they both agree and disagree with the goal of John Piper in his book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010). We can simply live with other people’s thinking, which is not always a bad thing, for much wisdom has come before ...more
Courtney
May 19, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I studied this book with my small group this past semester, and I found it thought-provoking and insightful. It's hard to strike a balance between being overly intellectual when talking about the act of thinking, and John Piper did an excellent job of unpacking Scripture simply yet profoundly. His main goal with this book was to talk about the interconnection and importance of using your mind to love God ("love the Lord your God with all your mind"). He debunks some interpretations of commonly m ...more
Laurie
Sep 06, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here are the essential principals expressed throughout the book:

"Thinking is one of the important ways that we put the fuel of knowledge on the fires of worship and service to the world."

"The task of all Christian scholarship—not just biblical studies—is to study reality as a manifestation of God’s glory, to speak and write about it with accuracy, and to savor the beauty of God in it, and to make it serve the good of man. It is an abdication of scholarship when Christians do academic work with
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Jimmy
The topic of this book is the relationship of thinking and the Christian life. As the beginning of the book admits, there have been other Christian works on the topic of the relationship of the intellect and the faith, with each having it's different emphasis (such as the cultural aspect, role of faith and science, etc). This work emphasized more of thinking in terms of reading, and is more driven by biblical exposition and not a defense higher institution learning per se. I enjoyed the fact tha ...more
Jacob Aitken
This is Piper's contribution to the growing body of literature on the life of the mind. While I'm glad I read it, I don't think it is the best take on the subject. That would be J. P. Moreland's Love Your God With all Your Mind. Next would be James Sire's *Habits of the Mind.*

Pros:
*The chapter on relativism was good, and I was pleased that Piper didn't immediately identify relativism with "postmodernism." I am no frirend of postmoderns, to be sure, but the two aren't the same.
*I found his exeget
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Travis
Oct 25, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do intellectual integrity and Christianity mix? In Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Pipers says they do. Piper writes one of his most interesting recent works as he endeavors to show how a diligent scholarship is very much appropriate for one’s love of God.

Many believers do not see that solid thinking is important in the life of faith. Some argue that too much intellectualism will somehow harden a believer against the things of God’s Spirit. Piper, however, faithfully argu
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Christopher Rush
Aug 31, 2012 Christopher Rush rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know a John Piper book is bad when fans of John Piper don't think it's very good. Such is the case with this book. At the beginning, Piper names a few other books written about how Christians are to love the Lord with their minds. Read those instead. Read JP Moreland's and James Sire's books. This is not a good book. It is written poorly and though he does say things that are true, none of them are significant revelations necessary for the reading of this book. Do every 3 paragraphs need a n ...more
Jessica
Dec 29, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
After the first couple of chapters, I didn't think that this book was anything to write home about. I felt like they were too short and lacking in detail. I kept listening, and it got a bit better. The chapters were still short, but I felt like they were a bit more engaging.

He says it in the beginning (or maybe Mark Noll says it in the foreword), so it's no surprise that this book is heavy on biblical exposition, which I liked, although sometimes it was hard for me to follow when I couldn't see
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Senda Salmos
Aug 05, 2015 Senda Salmos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piense, La vida intelectual y el amor de Dios
John Piper

Por medio de este libro el autor busca que entendamos que el conocimiento no es algo distante ni negativo cuando tenemos nuestras creencias firmes Emilio Argelia, por el contrario nos insiste en que busquemos siempre el pensamiento Kia deportivos por medio del cual conoceremos realmente al Dios de la Biblia, es enfático el autor constantemente en la lectura de que el pensamiento y el conocimiento no son ajenos al creyente que por el contrari
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Jon
Nov 02, 2012 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I want to start by saying I feel bad giving any John Piper book less than 4 stars. The main reason I went with 3 instead of 4 is because I didn't feel this book was as life changing as some other Piper books I've read. But don't let that stop you from reading it. I still thought it was a great book and he made some great points in it when it comes to thinking. Also, I feel it was a whole lot easier to read than most books by Piper. Usually when I read one of his books, I feel like I'm having to ...more
J.S. Park
Sep 05, 2011 J.S. Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
It's true: Christians think too much or too little. Dr. John Piper gives serious thought to clear thinking about the most important thing in the universe, namely the Creator of the universe. It is a compelling if occasionally dry work that touches on a much neglected issue.

The church is often accused of anti-intellectualism while also "scholarizing" the Bible into liberal principles. Both are inherent dangers that Piper pleas against. He defines thinking, dismantles relativism, and concludes on
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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“Relativism poses as humble by saying: “We are not smart enough to know what the truth is—or if there is any universal truth.” It sounds humble. But look carefully at what is happening. It’s like a servant saying: I am not smart enough to know which person here is my master—or if I even have a master. The result is that I don’t have a master and I can be my own master. That is in reality what happens to relativists: In claiming to be too lowly to know the truth, they exalt themselves as supreme arbiter of what they can think and do. This is not humility. This is the essence of pride.” 19 likes
“What defines us as Christians is not most profoundly that we have come to know him but that he took note of us and made us his own.” 16 likes
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