Think by John Piper


John Piper's newest book will help Christians think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. Piper contends that "thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God." So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling?Pi...

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Release DateSep 15th, 2010
PublisherCrossway Books
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Christianity, Nonfiction, Christian Living, Faith

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  • Matthew
    There are two basic errors that Christians tend to fall into. One is the elevate thinking and the life of the mind with regards to theology to a point where it fails to connect with real life and results in theoretical Christians who are lacking in love. The other is to essentially demonize thinking and theology because “it only divides” and focus solely on love, which results in Christians who may love others but who worship a God they don...
  • Alexis Neal
    A decent enough book. It was, perhaps, less revelatory than Piper may have hoped, at least for me, but I already agreed with him about the importance of thinking (love the Lord your God with all your mind, after all) and the danger of intellectual pride and spiritually dead knowledge. I have seen in my own life the emptiness of head knowledge alone, and have also been guilty of intellectual laziness when I avoided thinking about challenging spiri...
  • Rick Davis
    Great book on the importance of the life of the intellect for Christians.A couple of my favorite quotes:"If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God, to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God's glory is not scholarship but insurrection.""God did not give us minds as ends in themselves. The mind provides the kindling for the fires of the heart. Theol...
  • Jake
    John Piper's books are always a refreshing read when scattered throughout other writers with varying styles. I love that he references almost everything; I love that you can be confident he's done his research, and I love that he has a clear passion for the Bible and what it has to say about anything and everything.That being said, this book was a great Piper read. He tackles alot about the processes of thinking and feeling and their connections ...
  • Rachel
    I go back and forth about Pastor John/Dr. Piper (which of the two I choose will color the way I listen to him so I try to pick both). Especially when it comes to the (in my opinion) needlessly ubiquitous discussion/debate about gender roles and subjugating women with regard to leadership in the church. And something about the rigid Calvinist bent to which he vocally subscribes just flat rubs me the wrong way. HOWEVER. However...I've observed and ...
  • Blake
    Although not my favorite book by author, pastor, and theologian, John Piper, I think Piper, in the book, "Think", addressed some critical issues within the culture and especially within the Evangelical world. Often feelings and thinking are pitted against each other as if the Christian life is either all thinking with no feelings, or, given the other extreme, the Christian life is all "feelings" with no thinking. One ends up with either dead orth...
  • Jonathan Beigle
    Think is all about really going deep when reading the Bible and trying to understand, not just get through it. Piper talks a lot about how some people have the "gift" of thinking and some do not. I totally agree. I'm not really much of a thinker, and I need to do a better job trying to better understand the Bible. During the latter third of the book, Piper really focused on battling anti-intellectualism which says that we don't really need to und...
  • Aaron
    My full review review is available at Blogging Theologically:R. C. Sproul once lamented that, “we live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” Strong words, to be sure. But there’s something to them, isn’t there?Consider, for a moment, how we determine our agreement with ideas and experiences. More often than not, it’s based on what we feel. If it feels good, we do it; and if it feels go...
  • Lauren
    Think is a good book to read in order to gain a biblical perspective on thinking. Piper does a good job of explaining how thinking and feeling are not mutually exclusive but work together to fuel one another. The point of thinking is to cause us to love God and our neighbor not to build up ourselves.I find his arguments against anti-intellectualism helpful. God wants us to be humble in our understanding not to avoid intellectual development altog...
  • Treyyyy
    *4.5 starsI really enjoyed this book, it was much different than I thought it was going to be but very thought provoking. It touches on topics like 'How can the act of thinking less to salvation in Christ?' and other... thinky topics... Haha!It was very matter of fact and clear which in one way was refreshing and made it easy to understand, but I can see how some might think it sounds harsh.I did really like this book and if you're looking for a ...
  • Michelle Nezat
    This book was a timely, well thought out, reminder that thinking is absolutely part of the Christian experience with God. He makes the case against the "thinking elite" and even speaks to the general "non-thinker". Loved it.
  • Brian Eshleman
    Makes his point that Christians are called to engage emotions and logic and that we too often use faith as an excuse not to concentrate. Does seem repetitive in places, like a bulked-up sermon series.
  • Eli Moyer
    An invigorating and inspiring counterbalance to the overriding anti-intellectualism that permeates today's Evangelicalism.
  • Douglas Wilson
    This was a very fine book. I enjoyed it immensely.
  • Ray Umphrey
    Piper’s book, Think, is a great introduction to Christian thinking. In this book, Piper attempts to kindle the desire for Christian thinking among evangelicals. He does this by sharing his personal experience, by defining the practice of Christian thinking, and by answering the criticisms of the relativists and the anti-intellectuals. It is a helpful antidote to the excesses of relativism and anti-intellectualism. The seasoned Christian thinker...
  • Est
    J. Piper, as usual, successfully writes an insightful book regarding contemporary issues. In this case, he explores the battle between intellectualism and anti-intellectualism pervasive in Christian thought. I did enjoy reading this book, but I couldn't help but notice how repetitive it was, particularly towards the end. Piper seemed to lean towards recycling his main ideas. All in all, excellent book— I was looking forward to reading it, and i...
  • Jenn West
    Great book on the importance of the evangelical mind. Piper, as always, forms his arguments on a foundation of Scripture and directly addresses Scriptural objections with the in-depth contextual examination they require. Certainly a book that should be pondered by all evangelical Christians who live in age where intellectualism is viewed with a weary eye in the church, and taken as a call to begin the strenuous studies necessary to glorify God wi...
  • Joaquin Gutierrez
    The book introduces us to a way of living the christian life radically different than what is usual to the average christian north/center/south american stereotype. Appliying the reason and philosophy to how we aproach to the Scriptures is way different than just reading and having opinions that came from my brain or my heart. The entire book yells at the reader "Think! Have you thinked? Well, Think again! and again and again until you understand...
  • Matt Crawford
    I do not know if Piper knows how to do bad books. This answer to a debate that has been going on for four hundred years. Does thought have to be separated from Christianity? Piper obviously says no. That is not a spoiler, it is in the title. Yet here he repeats his ongoing theme that all things are for God's glory. Thinking is not contrary to that rule!
  • Rod Innis
    An important book.
  • Bernadette Kraft
    Thought provoking. We need all the encouragement we can get not to coast through this one life. John Piper always moves me to pray harder, think more, love more, do give God glory.
  • Kara
    Shortly before the holidays I had the opportunity to read John Piper's latest title, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. I have yet to read any of Piper's books that haven't affected me deeply, and Think was no exception, though it's quite different in subject matter than any of his others that I've read. Despite being a fairly short, quick read, I found it just as meaty and profound as any of them. It clearly and logically lays out ...
  • Sam B
    My kind of book - deeply analytical and carefully constructed to deal with any arguments. Excellent book on the importance of intellect in faith
  • Andy Swann
    A must read for evangelicals interested in beginning the path to knowledge and study of God
  • Elizabeth
    good, but a bit of a slog to get through.
  • Hector Emilio Gonzalez Torres
  • Lance
    I saw John Piper's book, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God , on the book table1 in church last Sunday and was intrigued by it. For why would he write, of all subjects, about thinking? Except for mentally handicapped individuals, all of us pretty much think, to some degree. It's as natural to us as breathing.But there is a sense in which we do not think rightly. Either we think about the wrong things or we don't think at all. Either...
  • Becky Pliego
    This is a book every Child of God should read. Because we have been called to love our God "with all our mind," we must understand what the implications are, what does it mean to love Him like that, and how it looks in real life. The aim of this book in Piper's words is: "to encourage serious, faithful, humble thinking that leads to the true knowledge of God, which leads to living him, which overflows in loving others."A few of my favorite quotes...
  • Bendick Ong
    Good book reminding us of the importance of holistic Christian growth - not only experiential walk with the heart but also intellectual growth in the mind. For someone who is often told of "thinking too much", this book is such a comfort to me.First thinks first, please dun be mistaken. I am not against people who dun think.Though i do get irritated with people who are against people who think. People who look at you blankly, blink a few times, a...
  • Brad
    “Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking.” Those words, attributed to Steve Jobs, were widely shared shortly after his death in 2011. Depending on the way in which Job’s words are understood they both agree and disagree with the goal of John Piper in his book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010). We can simply live with other people’s thinking, which ...