Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure
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Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure

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When Faith Flickers, Stoke the Fire No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves usâ?"until we believe that God is more desirable than life it
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Multnomah Books (first published January 12th 2007)
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Jan 17, 2012 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
I highly recommend this book for all people. John Piper is used by God as a voice calling out His great love and grace He so desires to pour out on His Creation, human beings. I like the size of this book, not over powering, and right to the meat of his goal to share the way to battle unbelief and why.
"Our moral sense says this evil cannot be ignored, and the Word of God says we must forgive."
"If you Hold a grudge, you doubt the Judge."

"All sin will be avenged-severely and thoroughly and justly...more
Excellent read. A lot to think on though. I believe it's one I'll have to leave out & refer back to often!
A cracker of a book about the way our faith in God's future grace to us helps us fight against unbelief. 8 chapters on various common struggles (anxiety, pride, lust etc), pointing out that if we are sure of God's overflowing goodness to us now and into the future, we won't be tempted to search for what we need in short term counterfeits. It's a selection of the application chapters from the longer and more theological book Future Grace. Worked very well as an audio book, although the bloke's vo...more
Joshua Nelson
Apr 26, 2014 Joshua Nelson marked it as to-read
It's said that this is a shorter version of his 400+ page Future Grace (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness)
Ron Reffett
This is just a shortened version of Future Grace, I would definitely start here before tackling the much larger work of Future Grace.
The basic core of this book is about how so many other sins stem from the one core sin of unbelief. We just simply don't believe that God is going to supply all of our needs, even though God sees the future, past and present much clearer than we can, He calls us to a relationship of trust and this book will help you in acquiring weapons to help you fight the battl...more
Matthew Moore
I struggle with John Piper's writing style, and since he's so popular I'm pretty confident that's more about me than him. But, I also struggle with his theology, and it was evident in this book. There were some good points and the main thesis is a good one, focus on future grace to help you deal with current issues. But the message I also heard was that I need to worry a lot about walking a particularly fine line between saved and unsaved as well as if I have the "right" kind of faith. That's no...more
Valerie Kyriosity
One of the most practically helpful resources on effectively fighting sin that I've found yet. The downside of many audio books is, of course, the reading. In this case it's not hideous, but it's not...Piperian.

I didn't realize till after I started it that Battling Unbelief comprises eight chapters extracted from the 31 in Piper's Future Grace. I was a tad miffed about that at first, but then I decided this compact version was probably what I needed, anyway.

Very helpful stuff.
Benoit Guillot
L'incrédulité se manifeste de toute sorte de façon dans notre vie. John Piper démontre comment (Les inquiétudes, l'orgueil, la honte, l'impatience, la convoitise, l'amertume, la dépression, l'impureté sexuelle, la pornographie...), mais surtout, il dévoile la clé pour faire la guerre à l'incrédulité dans notre vie et trouver la victoire... Excellent livre à lire pour grandir dans notre foi en Jésus.
Jamie Park
At the core, what you really struggle with is not believing in God's promises. This is what John Piper says. He terms the object of this belief "future grace" or the grace that you are promised to experience.

If you think you have faith, this book is a good re-evaluation or checkpoint for you. If you think you don't, this book will reiterate why it is you don't, and why it is you should.
Zack Giljum
I would absolutely recommend Battling Unbelief to anyone who is struggling with introspective or doubtful thoughts about their faith. Spiritual depression was the best way to categorize the state I have been in for many weeks, and I believe this book correctly analyzes the inner problem, and points directly to the only solution: resting in the truth of the Gospel. Fantastic read!
Steven Mccain
I studied through this book with my pastor (a chapter per week). I found it was a great, relevant and effective tool in battling sin. Most sin can be rooted back to simple unbelief. Like doubt and anxiety which I've struggled with personally. It didn't cure my anxiety but it definitely gave me some tools and insight to battle it. Great Read, Highly Recommended.
This book is basically made up from the Application chapters from Future Grace. It focuses on major areas of sin, such as pride, lust and bitterness. And it is all about how we run to all of these things (and all sins) when we are not trusting in God's grace to be better for us than the promises that sin hold out in front of us.
I didn't read all of this book, only the chapters that currently apply to struggles in my life, but I see this as being a handy reference guide to go back to as I grow. It provides solid theology and practical advice to biblically combat sin.

Note: this is a collection of the "practical" chapters in Future Grace.
Marcus Lynn
Piper is great in this book about being specific in how to battle with “problem sins” in our life and how they typically relate to a lack of faith in God’s future grace. Definitely worth the read even though every chapter may not speak to everyone.
Convicting, but awesome at the same time! No matter how long I've been a believer, I will always have more to learn. Especially enjoyed the chapters on anxiety and contentment.
I wish I'd known this was part of a larger work called Future Grace, which is probably better. Still, it's Piper, and Piper hasn't disappointed me yet.
Bryan McWhite
Condensed, slightly more user-friendly version of Future Grace. Future Grace is WORTH working through, though, so skip this and buy that!
A good read if you don't have distractions. It's always great to have the truth shared in a loving and gracious manner.
This explains the right way of how to deal with hard situations. Everyone would do well to read this.
Stephen Willcox
This is likely the most realistic, practical, biblcal book on how to battle sin! I loved it!
I really loved this book because it showed how every sin links to pride ,even self pity.
New Bible Study book with the ladies in my church. We are doing the DVD's with it also.
Read Future Grace by Piper instead this is just a smaller version of it.
Douglas Paul
One the best books that I have read, or in this case hear (audio book).
Oct 21, 2007 junia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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A great book that I re-read a lot.
Simply put: don't worry. Trust God.
One of my favorites.

very good info.
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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...more
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