Book Review: “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God” by John Piper

Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of GodThink: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Piper recognizes that we live in an anti-intellectual age, where thinkers lord it over those who do not and those who do not are proud that they do not because they are plain folks. Both extremes are simple and Piper goes to the text of the Bible to show that God calls us to love God and love others, something that cannot truly be done without thinking, and thinking rightly. This can only be done by the grace of God, Piper argues, but he maintains that we all have a responsibility to be thinkers.

In my opinion the greatest threat to the church today is the relativistic spirit that abounds in pulpits, pews, and out in the world. Piper effectively addresses the error of relativism and calls the Christian to love the truth and embrace the glory of God revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the theme of the book revolves around two texts, Proverbs 2 and 2 Timothy 2:7, I pray that you will be edified and enlightened, as I was, by Piper’s examination of many passages of Scripture (some that can be very confusing), particularly Matthew 16:1-4, Luke 10:21, and 1 Corinthians 8:1-3.

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to read and enjoy this book on thinking. If you love God you ought to want to think better for His glory. This book comes along at just the right moment. It is so needed and therefore I give it my most earnest recommendation.

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