Friday, May 6, 2016

Living In the Light: Money, Sex, & Power - Book Review

John Piper's new book Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power is short, sweet, and right to the point. Though he artfully expands the scope of all three of these potentially dangerous areas of life, he doesn't mince words or go over the reader's head. Furthermore, I was glad to find that his conclusions are spot on and backed up with Scripture.

In a world where these particular areas are often exalted to idol status, it is imperative that believers not compromise what God has revealed in His Word concerning them. The pull can be overwhelming at times, especially when we are accused of being unjust or unrighteous when faced with those compromises. And often times the seeming conclusion is to abandon these good gifts of God altogether. Yet, a swing of the pendulum to the other side is not the biblical answer either.

Mr. Piper is well known for his views on how sex, money, power, and other pleasures of life are essentially all good gifts from God meant to glorify Him and bring good to us and to others.[1] The problem, of course, is in how we use and abuse these good gifts. It can be a difficult at times to discern when one has stepped out of bounds. But, the writer brings us back over and over again to the center -- back to what must be central -- if we are to ever live in the true light of God. Not many Christian self-help books draw you into the focus of where true deliverance may be found, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is refreshing how Piper keeps returning to that focus.

I believe Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power would be a perfect gift for a wedding or graduation. However, those who are in positions of leadership where these three areas are often a temptation would be especially blessed in reading this little volume. It is a small book at only 154 pages, which also makes it an excellent devotional reader.[2]

[1] See his booDesiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.k
[2] This book was expanded from messages given at the Revive meetings held by Co-Mission in the summer of 2015 in Canterbury, England.