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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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Dec 03, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church, christian
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
Feb 08, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jean-Daniel Veer
Jan 06, 2017 Jean-Daniel Veer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sanctification
The great thing I take from this book is an interpretation of "In this, we are more than conquerors..." IN this refers to the "being slaughtered like sheep". It is not apart from this, but IN this that we are more than conquerors. But he asks, "What is more than a conqueror". And answer: A conqueror destroys his enemy. Someone who is more than a conqueror makes his enemy work for him. And he then goes on to quote 2 Corinthians 4:17 : "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an et ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Travis rated it liked it
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
Rebekah Sussex
Sep 03, 2016 Rebekah Sussex rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Would've definitely liked this book more if it wasn't so short!
Dec 20, 2016 Audrey rated it liked it
This is a very short book, really more like an article. And it talks very simply and succinctly about exactly what you would guess from the title. Taking risks in life (in order to glorify God and reach the lost) is better than trying to take no risks and thus waste the purpose for the life you were given by God. Short, inspiring, mostly towards missions.
Marek Chowaniok
Mar 07, 2017 Marek Chowaniok rated it it was amazing
spiritual book which gives you kick to think about your life - loved it
Tim Baumgartner
May 12, 2014 Tim Baumgartner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
John Piper provides a very brief (51 pages) offering as to why Christians should take risks in order to glorify the name of Jesus. He starts by defining it and then provides examples in both the Old and New Testaments. After that he shares what is at stake and what would be right and wrong reasons to risk. Then he dives into Romans 8 ('The Great Eight') and ends by elaborating on the chapter's focus on God's love.

When explaining that we are 'more than conquerors' (Romans 8:37), Piper explains t
Peter Schott
Feb 06, 2013 Peter Schott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda Gibson
Feb 27, 2017 Brenda Gibson rated it liked it
Shelves: challies-2017
Kind of lightweight but good.
Selkie Narwhal
Jul 26, 2016 Selkie Narwhal rated it it was ok
Shelves: physical-book
Israel recoiled in fear (Num 13-14) at Kadesh Barnea and God left a generation to die in the wilderness. Today, two billion people are unreached with the gospel and since Christ has commissioned the church to make disciples of all the nations, we can't retreat clinging to the world under the banner of cultural Christianity, when he has called us to a much greater purpose. Mt 13:44 With joy, sell it all because knowing and obeying Jesus isn't a sacrifice - he is worth losing everything for!! I ex ...more
Michael Andrzejewski
Jan 16, 2013 Michael Andrzejewski rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 28, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mp3-audiobook
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
Dec 01, 2015 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better to lose your life for the sake of Jesus than to waste it. Required reading for Christians interested in exploring the life we are called into. You'll either spiritualize the content and dismiss it as extreme or feel so uncomfortable that you will be reminded of it with each new opportunity life throws at you. On a side note, the book reminds me of the themes in the movie The Village.

"We too can retreat into a wilderness of wasted opportunity. We can rest content in casual, convenient, coz
Ben Rice
Jan 11, 2013 Ben Rice rated it it was amazing
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
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Feb 13, 2017 Kalah 'hagler' rated it it was amazing
Such a great and challenging small read.
Jan 27, 2013 Pavlo rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2016 Maui rated it really liked it
After you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, now it's time to continue His work on Earth – sharing the good news to those who doesn't know it yet.

At first you were really on fire. Until the flame died and you just can't continue to share His word. For some reasons, you felt afraid to take the risk of sharing. Why? Fear of rejection? Yes, it's the common reason we have heard but to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Our mission is to continue to tell the world what Jesus had done on t
Feb 17, 2014 Thiago rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
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
Ian Thompson
Mar 08, 2013 Ian Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Davina Sinclair
Jun 30, 2013 Davina Sinclair rated it really liked it
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
Jul 09, 2014 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down and finished in one sitting. My only critique is that he could have expounded on concepts and even moved into applications for the life of the typical Christian/church. Otherwise, the book was quick and to the point and sufficient to challenge our hearts and lives to realize both that risk is unavoidable and safety is nowhere to be found, and how that truth was understood by biblical figures and how we can now be risk takers who honor God both with our money and our lives. N ...more
May 26, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book about a 3.5 stars. I did thoroughly enjoy this short book, but I felt like it was pretty basic, simple knowledge and I wish it had gone a slight bit more in depth of what real life risk looks like. The foreword was amazing and the last chapter was the best chapter by far, but the middle had parts that were not particularly mind-boggling. Overall, it was full of good reminders and I did complete the book feeling motivated to take more risks in my love and taking risks for t ...more
Chris Williams
Feb 16, 2013 Chris Williams rated it liked it
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.
Courtney Huskisson
A well-written brief on not just missiology but the aim of the Christian life. It calls the reader to see risk in light of eternity and in light of the gospel. It does not call the reader to unnecessary heroism but to live a life not wasted.

This is a challenging concept to sincerely grasp. I'd like to say that I nod and agree heartily with everything (which I do), but it's hard to say that I would pass the test on this one practically.
Mar 02, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading books written by John Piper. The no frills, straightforward style make for compelling, in your face reading. This is true for 'Risk is Right'. This compact little book packs a punch. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer. I haven't done my homework, so this book very well could be based off a sermon or a podcast, but I thought it could have been longer without being drawn out or diluted. All said, however, another fantastic work by Piper.
Jaison Abraham
May 16, 2015 Jaison Abraham rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Basically a shorter version of "Don't Waste Your Life" by Dr. Piper. The message is still one that had a profound impact on me so I would recommend it. It's very easy to forget eternal perspective, and books like these always bring me back to the idea of spending every moment with eternity in mind. If you're going for short books, read this one, but if you have some more time, read "Don't Waste Your Life."
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John Piper is founder and teacher of 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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