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Rethinking Retirement

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John Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and live out their golden years with a far greater purpose in mind.

They say it's a person's reward for all those years of labor.
"Turn in your time card and trade in your IRAs. Let travel plans and golf-course leisure lead the way." But is retirement really the ideal? Or is it a series of

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Published March 31st 2009 by Crossway (first published 2009)
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Dan Glover
This is a message all Christians need to take to heart. The new heavens and the new earth is our rest from our earthly labours, not retirement. The concept of retirement can't be found in Scripture. It is instead part of the "American dream". Certainly a person may labour for the Lord in their later years in a way different from their regular career or vocation, but those years are not for leisure, they are for kingdom expanding, discipling, God-glorifying work. A Christian receives their sweet ...more
This little (literally - it takes 10-15 minutes to read) book addressed some thoughts I had been having as I approach retirement age. Being without a spouse, I am in a different place than most couples when it comes to thinking about retirement. I have more freedom, yet planning ahead when you are alone is not easy either. I had wondered about SERVING when I retired - putting myself out there to be used by God in a way I could not be as I was raising my son. Exciting and scary, but Piper has suc ...more
Very true, but I would've liked for Piper to elaborate a bit more on options/thoughts/brainstorms about what "retirement" can look like. I completely agree with his Scripture usage that there is no biblical basis for the American dream's version of retirement (i.e. work hard, store up wealth, stop working so you can enjoy your wealth by living a life of leisure). However, it would've been a nice addition to talk about ways you can "retire" (that is, not have to work for income) and spend your no ...more
Patti Greene
Okay book. I do like the fact that I read somewhere that John Piper writes his own books. This is really a pamphlet booklet.
Excelente livreto! Uma pena ser tão breve...

Rethinking Retirement is a helpful booklet which introduces some important ideas for those who are retired, are thinking about their retirement, or those who minister to them. The book would have been even better if more time had been taken to suggest ideas for applying the principles. Even so this will be the first resource I use to help others think biblically about retirement.
Ted Ryan
What was presented was great, however, for a book with a title such as it is, I was hoping for more on the practical side. Very little was provided in the way of examples of a retirement well lived, applications for our modern life. So, for this reason, I finished the book unsatisfied.
New perspective on Christian retirement. Very thought provoking.
Chee Keong
Good. It alert me to rethink my retirement plan.
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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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