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Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  2,229 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
Who is Jesus Christ?

You've never met him in person, and you don't know anyone who has. But there is a way to know who he is. How? Jesus Christ-the divine Person revealed in the Bible-has a unique excellence and a spiritual beauty that speaks directly to our souls and says, -Yes, this is truth.- It's like seeing the sun and knowing that it is light, or tasting honey and kno
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Crossway Books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Ben Chapman
Apr 19, 2017 Ben Chapman rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In classic Piper fashion, this short treatise lays out the groundwork from the Scriptures, the many ways we ought to find ourselves in awe of the magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. I really hope to revisit this once a year for the rest of my time, this side of eternity. "Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ"; is there anything we could do of more significance?
Mar 06, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In the middle of the last century the British writer C. S. Lewis got it shockingly right: 'A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic... or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not lef ...more
Christopher Rush
Aug 13, 2014 Christopher Rush rated it it was ok
In what is seemingly to me "typical John Piper," we have some important ideas presented in thin, unsupported, fairly redundant ways giving us a hopeful-yet-bemusing package. Mr. Piper's inability to sustain any thought perhaps makes him ideal in today's age of no attention spans, but I'm not sure catering to the weaknesses of one's audience is an ideal mark of authorial stewardship. Obviously the basic premise of knowing and delighting in Christ more and better is true and important. It's hard t ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rather seldom that I give a book five stars. And it has become pretty rare that I read books which fall under the "Christian Living" genre.

Naturally I have read a number of books on theological topics; however, I've grown a bit wary of them, partially because of all the superfluous reviews on back covers (as well as additional ones on the inside). Other than that, it seems that some include (shameless) plugs for other ministries with which the author or his friends are associated. These so
Heather Hart
Apr 25, 2015 Heather Hart rated it liked it
I was overall unimpressed with this book. It was full of truth about Jesus, but I found it pretty dull and definitely wasn't led to Savoring Jesus. I was very disappointed.

Also, I was a little put off by Piper saying Jesus was always happy. His reasoning was that the opposite of happy is gloomy and gloomy isn't glorious... I'm just not sure I agree with that. To be fair, he did talk about Jesus grieving and weeping, but tried to reason that he was happy while grieving. It just didn't work for m
Jul 14, 2008 Greg rated it it was amazing
i read this in one night, but i want to read it again more slowly. it is a very short book and pretty easy to understand. (but not always) This is a must read for any Christian. Piper goes through what it means to see and savor Christ, and makes God look really magnificent in a short amount of pages.
KC McCauley
Jun 20, 2009 KC McCauley rated it it was amazing
John Piper concludes his book by saying, "There is no more important issue in life than seeing Jesus for who he really is and savoring what we see above all else" (123). Throughout the book he explains that we exist primarily to see, savor, and show the glory of God. Each chapter analyzes a different attribute of Christ, and John Piper's hope for the book has been fulfilled because "reading these thirteen chapters has been like viewing a diamond through thirteen different facets" (122). Which of ...more
James Castleton
Mar 09, 2017 James Castleton rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous and rewarding book to think through carefully. It is one that, if understood by the head, cannot but transform the heart.

For the One who is the whole of redemptive history, how well do we really know our God--in His divinity and in His humanity? Christ is infinitely more complex than we are want to admit, mostly because we do not know Him well enough. This is a look at Christ through spiritual eyes, one which begins from the correct premise that if one does not savor Him, one
Feb 13, 2017 Jade rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book to use as a side devotional as the chapters are really short and there is a beautiful prayer at the end of each one. It was a really easy read that was saturated with the Word. A good reminder that Jesus is so much more than we realize.
A great book about Jesus Christ. Piper has gone to the Bible and used Scripture to show Jesus Christ. In the last chapter of the book Piper has explained in a marvelous way what he has tried to do. He says 'As imperfect as my writing is, compared to Scripture itself, I still hope that reading these thirteen chapters has been like viewing a diamond through thirteen different facets. The Bible itself is the only authoritative description of the diamond of Jesus Christ. I hope in the end you will t ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I started this book, but haven't completed it yet. What I have read though is typical John Piper - laying it out there in black and white. The reason we don't live lives that honor God is b/c we don't love Him and we don't know Him fully. See the Word: John 14 - "those that love me keep my commands." Jesus said that! John Piper just reminds us that if we truly know God we will see and savor Him for all eternity!!
Nov 23, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A book that can be read and reread numerous times, it is so full. I read the 13 chapters over a period of time, some more than once, somewhat as a devotional. If we see Jesus for who He really is, how can we but savor Him. Piper here is both simple and deep; the book is not long, but it is excellent.
J.D. White
Jun 25, 2012 J.D. White rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I would venture to say that this is one of Piper's best works.

Though short, the book is inundated with Scripture references and examines Jesus with a simple clarity that makes it an ideal introduction to studying the Biblical Christ.
Jun 10, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing
An articulation of thirteen aspects of who Jesus is. It left me longing for more of Jesus. Quick and easy to read. Helpful for thinking through how to articulate who Jesus is to someone who does not know Him.
Oct 24, 2008 Nastya rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! It shattered my mind about who Jesus is. Growing up i knew Jesus from sunday school and what my parents taught me. when i was older i never bothered to read the Bible (our only source of getting to know Jesus) for all its worth. This book portrays the Jesus of the Bible.
Jan 12, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
Typical Piper - fantastic.
Jul 13, 2007 Zach rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: douglas firs
Some insights into basic theology with practical applications regarding our favorite multi-faceted Saviour.
Mar 08, 2011 Tripleguess rated it it was ok
I couldn't get very far in this book. The author seemed to lean heavily on the "this is all about God's glory, not about you (you worm)" aspect of grace.

Don't get me wrong. God is God and people are people. There should be no confusion about who is divine. But my personal struggle is not "Who's in charge, God or me?" or "Who's more important, God or me?" It's "Does God love me? Do I matter to him?"

To quote a fragment of the book:

We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to
Andrew Jacobson
Feb 18, 2012 Andrew Jacobson rated it really liked it
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper (Wheaton: Crossway, 2004. 124 pp) Originally posted at

John Piper is a Christian preacher, author, and theologian. He is currently preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His works include Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, The Passion of Jesus Christ, and Don't Waste Your Life.

The Problem of Jesus Christ

John Piper manages to accurately summarize the problem of Jesus
Melody Geiseman
Mar 06, 2017 Melody Geiseman rated it it was amazing
Dec 03, 2009 Reid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those that have stale view of Jesus, Christian or not
Recommended to Reid by: everyone
"A Biblical portrait of Jesus put on display".

One of the best books I have ever read. It is what the Bible says about Jesus. Really well done; like Swindoll and Joni Eareckson Tada, Piper is a wordsmith.

"Christ does not exist to make much of us. We exist in order to enjoy making much of Him. The assumption of this book is that to know the glories of Christ is an end,not a means. Christ is not glorious so that we get wealthy or healthy. Christ is glorious so that rich or poor, sick or sound, we m
Dottie Parish
Feb 13, 2013 Dottie Parish rated it it was amazing
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

By John Piper

This is a beautifully written, profound and inspiring book that asks who was Jesus Christ? John Piper answers this question in chapters describing Jesus’ ultimate aim, deity, excellence, gladness, power, and wisdom. These are followed by chapters on his desecration, anguish, saving sacrifice, mercies, severity, resurrection and second coming. Each chapter brings new insight into the character of Jesus, with biblical references. Here are a couple of sa
Jul 06, 2015 Adriel rated it really liked it
If anyone is interested in hearing about Jesus for the first time, this book may not be the right way for you, as it is very forth-coming and powerful in theological and scriptural language. It assumes reliability of the scriptures and it assumes existence in the supernatural. If one does not have trust in those things, then this book will not do much to help them see who Jesus is through this book.

Very scripture and theology-filled, and Piper's passion bleeds through the pages. This book is all
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it
This book would be terrific as a two-week devotional. Piper examines a variety of facets of Jesus (His power, His mercy, etc.) in a series of 3- to 8-page chapters. This book is saturated with Scriptural quotations, and each chapter invites reader participation with a challenging prayer in response to the aspect explored. I read the book in one afternoon, and I was moved when I prayed the written prayers aloud, stopping to reflect and add words when necessary.

In general, I love John Piper's thou
Nov 08, 2012 Shelby rated it it was amazing
Jesus Christ… he is the center of the gospel. He is our salvation. However, do we really know him? In this book Piper simply and biblically presents to us some of the characteristics of our savior.He looks into WHO Jesus is, not merely WHAT Jesus is (our savior). Some characteristics of Christ explored within the book are:

*His Aim

*His Diety

*His Excellence (this looks into his lion/lamb nature)

*His Joy

*His Power

*His Wisdom

*His Desecration

*His Anguish/Suffering

*His Saving Sacrifice

*His Mercies

Mar 31, 2016 Trey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is a short book on thirteen aspects of Jesus Christ. I think it's a good read, especially if you are looking to articulate and sharpen your beliefs on Jesus. Whether you agree 100% with this book, or not so much, I think it's a good way to think through your own beliefs in Jesus.
That being said, there was not much of anything I disagreed with. It was such a great book to take time on and jot notes down for later reference. Each of the chapters are short enough it wouldn't take much time to
Feb 28, 2012 Tim rated it did not like it
Received Piper's book as a gift and I fear that I will be a bit ungrateful for that gift in this review. In it we receive a full coven of Piper's reflections on Jesus. These reflections, while at times shiny on the paragraph level, are generally disjointed and poorly written. The beginning paragraphs of each chapter are often head scratching non sequiturs and while he is proud of the weight of Scripture in them it is more an imposition and piling up of texts by weight rather than any exposition ...more
Caleb Gibson
Don't get me wrong, Piper had some amazing stuff in here... The reason I don't like this book is because of Chapter 5... Here Piper asks a question, "Will we worship or curse the One who rules the world?" First off, God doesn't control the world...

"The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man" (Psalm 115:16).

Piper asks, "Or will we say with Hannah, 'The Lord kills and brings to life'" (Piper 47). This whole chapter threw me for a loop (if this was not in here I woul
Feb 03, 2016 Tirzah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
As author John Piper says, this book is for believers and unbelievers. To quote, “I pray that God will use [this book] to awaken unbelievers to see the self-authenticating greatness and glory of Jesus Christ. And I pray that it will sweeten believers’ sight of the excellence of Christ.” (p. 122).

It certainly reminded me of the greatness of Christ and how we should use every day of our lives honoring and rejoicing in Him. There are 13 chapters and in each chapter, Piper focuses on one of the many
Jan 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I thoroughly treasured this book and within each of the 13 chapters, I felt I was witnessing different facets of a glorious diamond. Piper began with, "We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things: and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered." He goes on today that "the healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center." His prayer at the end of the first chapter resonated with my heart--"Fo ...more
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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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