A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You by John Piper is about the intentionality of God’s love. This love is evidenced through scripture and in the redemption plan fulfilled by Christ. Piper’s book is rich with Bible references, commentary and life application. He compares and contrasts doctrine of the Calvinists and Arminians, revealing flaws in understanding. His overall attitude is revealed by these words: “There is no guarantee that right thinking will product right living. There is more to godliness than having clear views of God.” Piper also tackles the issue of justification by faith and being made alive in Christ.
This book is organized by 50 chapters described by Piper as “short meditations.” The chapters include topics such as:
- Glorifying the Grace of God
- Discerning Idolatry
- Does God Lie
- Feeding My Soul
- Hero Worship
- Submission and Headship
- Stereotypes and Racism
- Sheep, Wolves, Snakes and Doves
The chapters are too long to be devotional, though with 50 chapters you might decide to read one chapter a week during the course of a year. They are equivalent to mini-sermons based on scripture and the interpretation of John Piper. If you’re a Calvinist then you’ll really like the book! It’s more theology based than devotional, and the title is somewhat misleading. I personally did not like jumping rapidly through scripture and therefore give it three out of five stars.
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