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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 us–until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.

Pastor John
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Multnomah (first published January 12th 2007)
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Feb 07, 2017 Ezra rated it it was amazing
Upon finishing, I put the book down and pondered for a good long while how I'd like to apply this book to my life. This is what I love about Piper: his own satisfaction and joy in God spills out onto every page. His serious love is infectious. It makes me want to follow Jesus harder, to treasure Him more, and to know Him and his word better.

Essentially, this book is all about how to fight sin by trusting in God and His precious promises. Piper, in the classic Piper way, argues for superior joy i
Norman Falk
Mar 27, 2017 Norman Falk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Después de "Piense" este es el segundo libro que leí de Piper.

Lo leí el año pasado y desde entonces de vez en cuando voy re-leyendo algunos capítulos. Este libro ha sido de muchísima bendición para mí vida y aplico su contenido todos los días.

Es un libro que tiene el potencial de revolucionar la manera de enfrentar los diversos pecados en la vida porque muestra como la teología puede vencer la biología.
Mil veces recomendado.
Jan 11, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
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
Jonathan Roberts
Dec 10, 2016 Jonathan Roberts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2016, 2016-goal-books
The title of this book is a little misleading, it sounds like it's an outreach book, not what it actually is an explanation of sin and how to defeat it. The sub title really gives it plainly saying "defeating sin with superior pleasure". I highly recommend this book
Jan 07, 2012 Bekah rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. A lot to think on though. I believe it's one I'll have to leave out & refer back to often!
Apr 12, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Taken from the end of Piper’s longer classic, Future Grace, and supplemented with new material, Battling Unbelief applies the power of faith in future grace to the fight against sin in daily life. Working of the proposition that, “unbelief in the promises of God (that is, future grace) is the root that sustains the life of these sins,” Piper looks at how the promises of God help us fight against anxiety, pride, misplaced shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, and lust.

In a tim
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
Josue Olvera
Jun 07, 2016 Josue Olvera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper es brillante.

La humildad no es un rasgo común del mundo moderno. No se promociona en los programas de televisión, no se celebra en los discursos de despedida, no se recomienda en los seminarios sobre diversidad; ni figura en la lista de los valores corporativos fundamentales. Y si visita la sección masiva de autoayuda de la tienda de libros de su centro comercial en crecimiento, no encontrará demasiados títulos que se refieran precisamente a la humildad. La principal razón de esto no es d
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
Matthew Moore
Mar 10, 2012 Matthew Moore rated it it was ok
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
Oct 29, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it
Simply put this book is excellent. If one desires a closer walk with The Lord. If one wants to defeat sin & make progress so he may truly experience the presence of The Lord. If you want your joy & sense of freedom to be enhanced then read this book by John Piper. After you have finished ask God to allow these truths & applications to penetrate your heart & mind. Ask God to remove the shield of pride we often use to deflect the blows from the Spirit of God & then read the boo ...more
Benoit Guillot
Oct 14, 2013 Benoit Guillot rated it it was amazing
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.
Valerie Kyriosity
Jul 05, 2011 Valerie Kyriosity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Jun 06, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it
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.
Zack Giljum
May 13, 2012 Zack Giljum rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2012 Steven Mccain rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-reads
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.
Sep 30, 2007 Wade rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
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.
Jamie Park
Apr 07, 2007 Jamie Park rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
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.
Joy Deane
Apr 16, 2015 Joy Deane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and helpful short book about how to tackle a variety of issues (anxiety, pride, shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, lust) by trust in God and his great promises ("future grace"), knowing that he has much better things for us in store.
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.
Sep 11, 2013 Arabesque rated it really liked it
A great book that I re-read a lot.
Matt Patrick
Sep 19, 2009 Matt Patrick rated it it was amazing
Yearly read.
Josh Nelson
Apr 26, 2014 Josh 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)
Apr 14, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Simply put: don't worry. Trust God.
May 09, 2011 Theodene rated it liked it
A good read if you don't have distractions. It's always great to have the truth shared in a loving and gracious manner.
Stephen Robertson
Dec 17, 2012 Stephen Robertson rated it it was amazing
very good info.
Douglas Paul Wade
Aug 07, 2010 Douglas Paul Wade rated it it was amazing
One the best books that I have read, or in this case hear (audio book).
Apr 14, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 19, 2013 Chandra rated it it was amazing
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.
May 04, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites.

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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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