A Godward Heart by John Piper

A Godward Heart is intended in some sense to be a devotional book. In reading a few other reviews I’ve seen criticisms that it doesn’t really succeed on that front.

In some ways I can see why people would say that.

It does not follow the line of traditional devotional books in walking through a text or leaving you with a simple boiled down truth to guide your day. I’ve never been a big fan of those books, though there’s nothing wrong with those. They are many times incredibly helpful.

A Godward Heart does have a little bit of a different feel. The book is a collection of 50 short chapters designed to draw your thoughts to “treasuring the God who loves you.” They are short essays on a whole host of topics from how Christians should vote, to the question of “does God lie?”, to how to love neighbors of other faiths, to the concept of hero-worship and the “celebrity pastor.”

He also walks through a few challenging or thought provoking scripture passages like Galatians 4:18, 1 Chronicles 10, Zephaniah 3, Psalm 96:7, and more. Not exactly the most common devotional passages.

The book would best be utilized as a quick read to set your mind thinking for the day. These short “meditations” are useful for just that – meditating. The are food for thought. Not a snack for quick consumption, but something that will set you going for hours throughout the day.

If you’re familiar with John Piper’s work you’ll know that his hallmark is drawing people into big thoughts about God. He is gifted at drawing people to delight in God, who he is and what he has done.

If you are looking for that, then you’ll find much here.

So here are my words about what the book is about or you can listen to the author explain for himself:

DISCLAIMER: I received a free evaluation copy of this book. I did not receive any monetary payment nor was I required to write a positive review. I hope my comments about the book will help you evaluate whether or not the book is worth purchasing and reading.


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