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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.

Since the tongue is such a powerful
Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Crossway Books
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! These chapters by different authors are a compilation of speeches from a Desiring God conference. I loved the different lenses by which the speakers looked at aspects of the spoken, written, and sung word!
I think the chapter that really resonated with me was about the importance of stories in our lives as believers. As an avid reader, I agree wholeheartedly with this. As Taylor says, “Powerful stories have the potential to change us. They do not exist to kill tim
Sharon Joy
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
We start in the middle of an ongoing story!!? What a rich thought! How is it that His words can even become our words!? This book had me stilled and muted at points.
Mar 27, 2012 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
Ben Watson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every chapter but one (Mark Driscoll’s) is worth reading. Conviction awaits, beware. Excellent biblical theology of our words and what they mean. Worth it.
*I did not read the “panel discussion” at the end, because it felt like a bit of a waste of time
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In 2008, I traveled with a group of young men and women from our college ministry, out to the twin cities where we spent a few days taking in the Desiring God Conference. It was an excellent several days, taking in the instruction from God's Word and fellowshiping with those with whom we traveled. As I read through The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, I was taken back in my recollection to the time spent at the conference, given that the pages of this book are, in essence, the manuscripts o ...more
Adam B.R. Clarke
Mar 30, 2010 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
Philip Worrall
Oct 23, 2014 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
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
Aug 12, 2012 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.
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.
Aug 05, 2010 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.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. 'nough said.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Great and OK.
Joe Valenti
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is on of the best books I have read in a long time. Highly recommended.
Stephen Willcox
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
These are transcript sermons. Driscoll's and Piper's chapters are fantastic!
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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
“Some of us are afraid of getting too emotional when we sing. But the problem isn’t emotions. It’s emotionalism. Emotionalism pursues feelings as ends in themselves. It’s wanting to feel something with no regard for how that feeling is produced or its ultimate purpose.” 2 likes
“(2) Singing can help us engage emotionally with words, which means that we need a broader emotional range in the songs we sing, and that singing them should be an emotional event.” 1 likes
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