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Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,946 ratings  ·  192 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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Hannah Glass
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
Short, simple, sublime. There is no greater joy than growing in the knowledge of and in relationship with Christ.
Brandon Miller
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-theology
This was almost a three star book, but not because it wasn't good. In fact, it might have been almost five star if I didn't read it all in one sitting between ten and midnight.
That being said, this book isn't what I expected. I was looking for more Seeking and Savoring, but Piper offered more Jesus Christ. Which I suppose isn't a bad thing. If the book had been titled "A Concise Theology of Jesus Christ," then it would had delivered what it promised, and scored four, if not five stars.
As it was,
Mar 06, 2017 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
Ben Chapman
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2017
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 05, 2011 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
Christopher Rush
Aug 13, 2014 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
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
Heather Hart
Apr 25, 2015 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 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.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifts
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.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes when I give three stars, it's my way of not rating the book. It's a "neutral" rating, because the reading experience will be even more subjective than usual. This is a quality book on who Jesus is and how we should see him, and there was one part of it which I found to be particularly profound. (We see who God is and the world he has made, and all that we don't understand. We have two choices: we can worship or curse. It is, in some ways, just that simple.) But I think this is one of t ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in my entire life where I finished it in one sitting. Aside from the Bible itself, this is one book I will now recommend to every Christian I meet. If you are a Christian this is a must read. If you are not a Christian I still recommend this, although it is more for encouraging and spurring on Christians. Piper does an excellent job focusing on Christ and providing tons of scripture (which I appreciate immensely) helping us to see how awesome Jesus is.

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Whitney Finn
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a short, easy read, but it is jam packed full of essential and incredible truths about Jesus that are so good for our hearts to ponder on. This is one that should be read again and again!

*Suggestion for reading: Since it is such an easy read, and because the content is so good, I found myself reading multiple chapters at a time. Because it was my first time reading this book, and because I knew I would read through it again, I let myself. However, I would highly recommend only doing one cha
Megan Lane
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This actually made me think a lot of Look and Live by Matt Papa. It is well-written, simple, and glorifying to Christ. Every word is in praise of Him, pointing to His glory. It lacks specific practical applications, but if you read it with an open heart, the applications find you.
How do you see Christ? How does the way you see Him impact how you live and speak and think?
I walked away from this book seeing even more beauty in my Savior than I had before. Which is a pretty cool, thing, I'd say.
Jack Bush
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
An interesting book, calling you to view Christ through His Glory as revealed in his life, teachings and example. The book is heavily referenced with Biblical quotations to support 13 meditations on the subject. I enjoyed the book, it makes you think deeply and calls you to prayer.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful short-term devotional pointing to the most glorious revelation of Jesus Christ. I highly recommend it. It is absolutely incumbent on us to know and follow the true Christ rather than a weak and pleasing figment of our own vain imaginings. These devotions will help.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, non-fic
There was nothing wrong with it; it just didn't really do anything for me.
Joah Pearson
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Glorious. The first chapter is especially wonderful - everyone should read it:

The afterword is also extremely helpful.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-track
The title of this book says it all. The reason for man's existence is to see and savor Jesus. Without this as your core goal in life, you can't grow. You can't parent. You can't work. You can't live well. This life is only a short fleeting moment in eternity. If you don't desire to know Jesus above all, you need to ask yourself why. Eternity hangs in the balance. To reject Jesus and seek only to serve self in this world, has dire implications. But to seek to know and enjoy knowing the One who cr ...more
Bobby Bonser
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short, concise, Bible saturated view of Jesus Christ and His attributes. It is a wonderful reflection of Him and one that causes awe and adoration in any who are in Him.
Annie Clapp
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“When we see Jesus for who he really is, we savor him. That is, we delight in him as true and beautiful and satisfying. “

This book was really special. To see Jesus as divine, excellent, joyful, powerful, glorious, wise, the lion and the lamb, merciful, the perfect sacrifice, severe, and resurrected and coming again was refreshing to my soul.

I really appreciated Pipers thoughts on each of these subjects. Majority of this tiny book are quotations from scripture which made it supremely sweeter to
KC McCauley
Jun 20, 2009 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 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 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.
Mar 31, 2016 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
Jan 23, 2008 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 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.
Oct 24, 2008 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.
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: douglas firs
Some insights into basic theology with practical applications regarding our favorite multi-faceted Saviour.
Alex of Yoe
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good, quick read written in the familiar style of Piper. A little heady at times, but not terrible. The bite-sized chapters and prayers make it ideal for a daily devotional. I read it in preparation for Christmas and found it very fitting for that, though it could also be used around Easter as well. If you enjoy Piper, you'll enjoy this, though if you're expecting a longer, more exhaustive approach to Jesus, this will disappoint. It's made to be a topical, introductory, devotional sort of book ...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 Bethel Co

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