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Think by John Piper
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Sep 05, 11

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Read from August 26 to September 05, 2011

It's true: Christians think too much or too little. Dr. John Piper gives serious thought to clear thinking about the most important thing in the universe, namely the Creator of the universe. It is a compelling if occasionally dry work that touches on a much neglected issue.

The church is often accused of anti-intellectualism while also "scholarizing" the Bible into liberal principles. Both are inherent dangers that Piper pleas against. He defines thinking, dismantles relativism, and concludes on the endpoint of thinking. There are familiar Piper-isms about the glory of God that are reframed anew in the context of contemplation. Piper achieves his goal of focusing your brain the right direction.

Yet he does become very scholarly to the point of dryness, especially in his dragging section of relativism (which does not always play fair). Parts of the book are unsuccessful simply because they somewhat betray his earnest passion by over-thinking. If our thoughts about God are to become fully alive through invigorated affections, Piper could have demonstrated this by cutting an already short work for an easier facilitation of his plea. However, it could have been a lack of patience on my part and ultimately doesn't detract from Piper's thesis.

For those who wonder how knowledge and wisdom can properly connect to the heart, this is an excellent distillation of that process for all believers. Piper is certainly a passionate pastor but is also deliberate in his speech and mind. He makes the case, both in his writing and ministry, that both are possible.

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