Don't Waste Your Life

In this bestselling book, John Piper challenges Christians to live a God-exalting life.

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Many spend their lives on trivial diversions, seeking earthly comfort and pleasure above all else. But Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it,” calling us into the eternal purpose and God-exalting life for which we were made. 

In this bestselling book, John Piper warns readers of the dangers of a merely comfortable life and calls Christians to make decisions that matter for eternity. The risks are greater, but so are the joys.

This new edition features a fresh cover, a revised preface, and updated statistics.

  • Over 1 Million Copies Sold
  • Written by Bestselling Author John Piper: Author of Desiring GodProvidence; and Come, Lord Jesus
  • Second Edition: Features a new preface, redesigned cover, and small revisions to the content 
  • Great Gift for High School or College Students: Inspires Christians to make a lasting difference for the cause of the gospel

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  • 2023 Preface
    2018 Preface

    Chapter 1: My Search for a Single Passion to Live By
    Chapter 2: Breakthrough—the Beauty of Christ, My Joy
    Chapter 3: Boasting Only in the Cross, the Blazing Center of the Glory of God
    Chapter 4: Magnifying Christ through Pain and Death
    Chapter 5: Risk Is Right—Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It
    Chapter 6: The Goal of Life—Gladly Making Others Glad in God
    Chapter 7: Living to Prove He Is More Precious Than Life
    Chapter 8: Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5
    Chapter 9: The Majesty of Christ in Missions and Mercy: A Plea to This Generation
    Chapter 10: My Prayer—Let None Say in the End, “I’ve Wasted It”

    General Index
    Scripture Index
    Desiring God Note on Resources

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Contributors John Piper
ISBN 9781433580772
Format Paperback
First published November 2023
Dimensions 140mm x 216mm x 13mm
Weight 0.33 kg
Language US English
Pages 200
Publisher Crossway

Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC; author, Crazy Busy and Just Do Something

Risk is right. Be mastered by one thing. Make much of Christ and him crucified. Those exhortations—and many more like them—are just as relevant today as they were twenty years ago. As a young man, I was captivated by Piper’s pleas for ‘fear-defeating joy in Jesus Christ.’ I still need this message, but now I want my children to hear it as well. I’m confident, and prayerful, that God will continue to use this powerful book for twenty more years and beyond.

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