Devotional books on grace abound in the Christian community, reminding us of God’s love, His forgiveness, His blessing and help in our lives even when we don’t deserve it and can’t earn it. Those books are encouraging, providing a spiritual lift for those of us who return time-and-time-again to the stress of trying to merit God’s affection or live up to impossible standards.
John Piper’s book, Future Grace, Revised Edition: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God, though, is so much more than a quick and easy read about the promises of grace. It’s a more than 400-page in-depth look at how that assurance of future grace impacts everything from worry, pride, impatience, suffering and martyrdom, lust, covetousness, despondency, and more. Somehow Piper manages to make the deeply theological also intensely practical, examining the way the Scriptural truths should impact our daily behavior.
Light beach reading this is not! Nor is it a simple and sweet devotional. It’s not ‘inspirational’ or ‘feel good.’ Instead, this book is intense reading. I worked through it slowly, highlighting, taking notes, considering the implications of his points and more. For a long-term believer, Piper’s book provides challenging Bible study that still roots itself in application rather than becoming little more than an academic exercise or a way to increase head knowledge.
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