Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It
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Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It

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As social justice, environmental causes, and not-for-profit ministries rise in popularity, more and more people are looking for a life of adventure, to live for something greater than themselves. Helping Christians put their faith into action for the glory of God, popular pastor John Piper is releasing this stand-alone edition of chapter 5 from his best-selling book Don’t...more
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Well Piper has done it again. A great, challenging, Bible saturated, Christ glorifying book that get s to the very heart of being a Christian.

I actually listened to the Audiobook version. Firstly I was challenged by Dr David Platt's forward, that would have been enough, really, but then Piper works through examples of Biblical characters, and the risks they took - not knowing what the outcome would be, but trusting God to do his will in their lives - whatever the outcome.

The book was quite short...more
Nathan Moore
This is more of a long blog post than a book. I haven't read much on Risk but I've read a lot of Piper and this is token Piper. He successfully builds a Biblical case that risk motivated by a passion for the glory of God and love for others is right. Several Biblical examples effectively assist him in making his point.

He proceeds to make the point that God clearly intends that we live in a world where we must make decisions with limited information (Jas. 4:13-15). Perhaps the most helpful part o...more
Angel Roman
It took me almost nothing to finish the book, and it’s not only because of the lenght, but because of the content and the easy language John uses to explain the topic.

Starting with de definition of Risk in everybody’s life, and going through many biblical examples, like Esther’s running the risk to enter the throne room without being called by the King in favor of her people. Although God holds our lives and our future, we don’t know exactly what is happening and then risk is everything what is...more
Short and sweet. After briefly defining risk, Piper shows how the biblical characters are forced to take risks and how God purposefully puts us in situations where taking risks is the only appropriate response. Although the book is interesting by the very nature of its subject and well founded in the scriptures, practical examples demonstrating risks in daily situations are lacking; even though this may be due to space limitations, any reader would have found it helpful to know how to better act...more
You can read my entire review on my blog.

Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It, by John Piper is a stand-alone professionally recorded, audio edition of chapter 5 from his his best-selling book Don’t Waste Your Life. This audio edition discusses stepping out in faith and putting our faith into action. Challenging us, the modern Christians, to get out of our comfort zones and do something for the glory of God!

Many of us talk a lot of talk about things that need to be done, or a...more
If you have listened to John Piper, or read his earlier works like Don’t Waste Your Life, you will quickly grasp the heart behind this short and direct little book. Piper calls on believers in Christ to let go of the mirage of safety in order to attempt the kind of gospel work that might result in glorious success.

While Piper understands that some risks are foolish and obviously wrong, putting yourself at risk of danger or hardship for the sake of the gospel is right. Piper shows us through br...more
Seth Urquhart
Pipers sequel to "Don't waste your life" not only challenged me like the first book but also re-introduced scripture in a way that didn't contradict each other. I believe Piper understands the fact of suffering as a Christian and the risk we must take in light of Gods promises. Most promises I have read in the bible I have read under the scope of mans perspective; comfort, happiness, health, life. Realizing in this book that God actually doesn't even promise health or life as we can see this cle...more
Peter Schott
Risk is Right by John Piper is a short book outlining why Christians should not only be unafraid of risk, but take more risk in their lives. A lot of this material seems to build on John Piper’s earlier work, Don’t Waste Your Life. John Piper starts by reminding us of the calling we have as Christians – “to make much of Jesus Christ and his glorious, universe-encompassing kingdom.” He tells us that there are thousands of ways to magnify Christ in our lives and that all are important, but there’s...more
Ben Rice
I've been a fan of Pastor John Piper’s work for years. I've listened to many of his sermons, and often enjoy his presentation of the gospel. In this booklet–a revised excerpt of parts of his famous book “Don't Waste Your Life” – Piper gives his reader a glimpse into the adventure that is awaiting the believer who risks all for the cause of Christ. Indeed, to live for Christ can be risky. Piper explains that comfort and security can be a distraction to the person desiring to live a devoted life f...more
Michael Andrzejewski
In his recently released book, Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life than to Waste It (published by Crossway), pastor John Piper faithfully speaks truth. From the beginning to end, like a skilled craftsman, he weaves a threefold cord of Bible knowledge, personal experience and timely wisdom of others to encourage the 21st century disciple of the Lord Jesus to launch out by faith, endeavoring great things for the Kingdom of God. One small piece of twine in this tightly woven challenge comes fro...more
Thank you, John Piper for another great book!
I think this message is very up-to-date for the church of 21st century as a whole and me particularly.

Oh God, please deliver me and by brothers & sisters from this:

"We can rest content in casual, convenient, cozy, comfortable Christian lives as we cling to the safety and security this world offers. We can coast through a cultural landscape marked by materialism, characterized by consumerism, and engulfed in individualism. We can assent to the spir...more
Short, to the point, but still challenging and engaging. This book is a nice snapshot of some of of Piper's Don't Waste Your Life and David Platt's Radical, which is why it is fitting that Platt wrote the forward to Risk is Right.

I think it's very easy to speed through a book like this and quickly forget its message. I believe I need to really think about what I want out of my life. Do I want security and comfort, or do I want to see God exalted? It's nice when the two come together. But which d...more
A brief book about why it is right to risk for the sake of Christ. Piper carefully draws the distinction between risk for risk's sake (heroism, personal achievement, etc.) and risk for Christ.
Ian Thompson
To say I have finished this book is probably not quite right as I suspect it will be one I will re-read again ... and again.
John Piper is re-iterating what has been stated many times in the past by many evangelicals in the Christian faith. He places it in a modern context and lays down the challenge to those who understand that Christianity is more than just attending Church on Sunday and House Group mid-week...

Very firmly he gives voice to the argument that if you are a believer in the power an...more
Davina Sinclair
Really good short booklet that challenges us to move away from a comfortable life and take risks for Jesus. Piper points out we are wired to take risks for the wrong reasons. One part that has stuck with me is from pg 39 "Without Christ, we are all legalisms or lechers at heart -wanting to do our own thing, or wanting to do Gods thing in our own way to prove our own ability." His advice is from 1 Peter 4:11 that we should pursue risk "by the strength that God supplies- in order that in everythin...more
I love the way John Piper writes. It's so appealing in its logic, structure and analysis. Here again he shows how excellent an logician/apologist/expositor he is. It's hard to argue with his step by step systematic "proofs" that risk is right. I particularly liked his looking at the Old Testament.
I also appreciate Piper's understanding that every word, dot and iota of scripture is important and meaningful. "More than conquerors" is semantically different to simply "conquerors".
Chris Williams
I can't argue with the truths in here, which Piper presents with his usual intelligence and wisdom. But this short book just feels like Piper-lite, and there's very little here that he hasn't already said better elsewhere. For newcomers, a good introduction to John Piper's teaching style and a solid look at why Christians are called to risk. For regular readers, it feels a bit familiar and lacks the depth and insight of his best works.
Mark A Powell
Is there anything worse than losing your life? Yes: wasting it. This short book (originally chapter 5 of Don’t Waste Your Life) takes a quick look at the biblical notion of risk. Piper argues that we cannot ever know with certainly the events that will come into our lives, and God has specifically designed it that way. Risk is good and right because it causes us to rely, not our own understanding and power, but Christ’s.
Hate to give a writer like John Piper anything less than five stars. He has been an influential writer in my life. But I felt this book was not up to his level in insights and applications though I totally agree with all he said. Having re-read what I just wrote, maybe I am the one who is not up to level??? I think I will change it to four stars!
Karen Locklear
This is cool.

Short. Easy to read. I did it as my students were taking a test and I was walking the aisles "monitoring".

The reality is, those of us who hide from the adventures of life rarely get rewarded and we miss out on so much God has to offer us.

That's the review. The book is all of 45 pages. I think we're good!
Jaime Simpson
Piper encourages us each to trust God more as we live a risk filled life for him. I was challenged, encouraged and motivated by this, "in other words, Christ's love for us does it spare us sufferings. Risk is real. The Christian life is a painful life. Not joyless. But not painless either" (p.43) We are loved!
Piper says we can't avoid risk. it is part of our lives. He gives examples of risk takers from the Bible. He explores the right and wrong reasons to take risks. he wants to make sure we are taking risks that magnify Christ. A short book but with a punch. See my full review at http://bit.ly/16ScnBo.
James Njoroge
I have always loved John Piper's sermons, rightly handling the Word of God. This book is no exception. I'm challenged to leave my false sense of security and say "May the Lord do what seems good to Him" and "If i perish, i perish". Risk for the cause of Christ
This is a short quick read. It has an impactful and simple message though. Taking risks is right. Taking risks causes us to rely on Christ and his work for us. Our days are numbered and its better not to waste them.
Tim Challies criticisms aside, this is a great little book. I loved Don't Waste Your Life and appreciate the emphasis of this smaller part of the larger book. Good stuff. Look forward to giving this away to others.
A Nelson
More to think about here.

We think we are managing risk in our lives but it is true that we are surrounded by a sea of risk even here in America.

This is a chapter from "Don't Waster Your Life."
A short and excellent book by Piper. It speaks to Christians and the need for risk in their life, but only right risk, which is for the glory of God and dying to self idols/comforts.
This is a short book where Piper uses a handful of passages of Scripture to explain (as the title of the book says) that it is not just preferred but, in fact, RIGHT to risk for the Lord.
Brandon.capuano Capuano
A life of comfort and safety is a wasted life. The only full and joyful life is the one lived with an open hand, labeled 'property of Jesus Christ.'
Josue Manriquez
This is a very short book which can easily be read in one sitting, yet it is full of biblical truth that spoiled Christians ought to read.
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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...more
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