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The Power of Words and the Wonder of God

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Words carry immeasurable significance: The universe was created with a word; Jesus healed and cast out demons with a word; rulers have risen and fallen by their words; Christians have worshiped through words of song, confession, and preaching. Even in our technological age, politics, education, business, and relationships center on words.

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Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Crossway Books
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Mar 28, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
This is an excellent study on the power of words! Each chapter is written by a different author and they each cover a different aspect of this subject.

"What you say always produces some kind of harvest. What is the lasting legacy of your words?" ~ Paul David Tripp
Philip Worrall
Oct 23, 2014 Philip Worrall rated it it was ok
Paul Tripp's essay and John Pipers were definitely the best ones within this book. I have a lot of respect for guys like Ferguson and the others, yet they are not really great in my opinion as writers. I'm not talking poetically writing, I mean taking a subject and concisely putting it in a way engaging an audience in a journey of learning. Their content is good, but they did not do a good job of changing up the tone from a speech to written form. Yet, I think it is a great book for many of us t ...more
Adam B.R. Clarke
Mar 30, 2010 Adam B.R. Clarke rated it it was amazing
This edited work by John Piper and Justin Taylor is a must read for any church leader.

There are seven other contributors to this work and it does just as the title suggests - it informs us that words are powerful and they can be used or abused. I never fully understood how much of an influence my voice had until I started to lead and minister to youth, and this was a wonderful example of how to best use this influence in my ministry.

The first entry is about actively making decisions that put you
Oct 20, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing conference to attend!
Randy Alcorn
Given the contributors, I expected this book to be good, but it exceeds expectations. There’s no weak link. Every chapter, including the introduction, brings a unique and vital perspective to a critical subject. It’s impossible to overstate the power and eternal impact of our spoken and written words, for good or evil. With stylistic diversity but thematic unity, these men bring a rich, biblical, Christ-centered, interesting and immensely helpful perspective. I wholeheartedly recommend The Power ...more
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
This book (the transcript of the 2008 Desiring God conference) deals with the role, importance, and usage of words. Exploring the connection between language and the Lordship of Christ is much-needed. The contributors here took some good jabs but couldn’t quite connect on the knockout punch. Each chapter seemed too distant from the others, almost as if the topic was too broad and nebulous to get a bead on. It’s solid, but well short of exceptional.
Aug 14, 2010 CJ rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of thoughts of Christian leaders on a subject not often talked about - Words. The meaning, morality and messages of our everyday words. The most interesting for me is Daniel Taylor's ideas that we are story shaped creatures, that we need a story to engage our whole being not just our minds.
Very helpful. Great encouragements, and advice for anyone teaching in any capacity in the Church. Very multi-faceted treatment of the role of words in the world, and in the Church. I was surprised how full of treasure the "conversations with the contributors" were at the end - make sure you don't skip these.
Stephen Willcox
Nov 19, 2012 Stephen Willcox rated it really liked it
These are transcript sermons. Driscoll's and Piper's chapters are fantastic!
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Great read for writers who want to use their gift to serve the church.
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This is on of the best books I have read in a long time. Highly recommended.
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What can I say, such great the book.
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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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“Sanctification in any area of our lives always expresses this double dimension—a putting off and a putting on, as it were. Speech and silence, appropriately expressed, are together the mark of the mature.3” 0 likes
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