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Living in the Light

Money, Sex and Power

Shows us how valuing Christ as the blazing centre of our lives enables us to rightly enjoy money, sex and power.

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Whether we’re rich or poor, married or single, in a position of great influence or not—all of us face temptation in the areas of money, sex and power. They are the dangerous opportunities of our time—opportunities to destroy our own souls, or to experience the true joy of using them for God’s glory.

John Piper shows us that when we have the blazing glory of Christ at the centre of our spiritual solar system, the planets of money, sex and power find their true and beautiful orbits.

This book is for every Christian and will help you to wake up to the all-satisfying glory of God, and discover what you were made for.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Definitions and Foundations
  • 2. The Pleasure-Destroying Dangers of Sex
  • 3. The Wealth-Destroying Dangers of Money
  • 4. The Self-Destroying Dangers of Power
  • 5. Deliverance: The Return of the Sun to the Center
  • 6. Deployment: The New Orbits for Money, Sex, and Power
  • Conclusion

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Contributors John Piper
ISBN 9781784980511
Format Hardback
First published May 2016
Dimensions 129mm x 178mm x 20mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Sam Allberry

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and author of Is God Anti-Gay?

This book is searching in its analysis, searing in its challenge, and yet wonderfully invigorating in its encouragement. When the glory of God is at the centre, money, sex and power can be instruments for Christ's name and our good. This book is urgently needed.

Andrew Wilson

Pastor at King's Church, Eastbourne, UK; author and blogger

Money, sex and power are the three towering gods of our age, and the greatest temptations for those both inside and outside the church. In this short, pithy and powerful book, John Piper brings biblical wisdom, practical insight and a pastor's passion to the subject, and shows how living in the light will eclipse all the idols this world has to offer—and put money, sex and power in their rightful, God-glorifying place.

Carrie Sandom

Associate Minister for Women at St John's Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK; Director of Women's Ministry at The Proclamation Trust, London

This is a brilliant book. John radically re-thinks the dangers of money, sex and power and explains why our culture is enslaved to them—but he also shows that God had good purposes in mind when creating these gifts and they become more satisfying in themselves when we realise that He is more desirable than all of them.

Independent reviews

Living in the Light: Money, Sex & Power

Tim Challies, Biblical Counseling Coalition, May 5th 2016

This holy/unholy trio is the subject of John Piper’s latest book Living in the Light. While the book began as a series of conference messages, this is no lazy port from one format to another, but a careful, skillful rewrite and expansion.... continue reading

"A fullsome and unshrinking read"

Robin Ham, That Happy Certainty, May 23rd 2016

For someone looking to press on as a follower of Christ, Living in the Light will be a fullsome and unshrinking read. If you’ve never read any Piper, it’s a great way to begin. If you’re a JP junkie, you’ll still appreciate how he pushes seeing Christ as supreme into the specifics of our lives.... continue reading

"this is a fantastic book"

Kyle Johnston, Biblical Counseling Coalition, December 30th 2016

Although money, sex, and power are gifts from God, Piper recognizes that we tragically (and wickedly!) idolize them and prefer the gifts to the Giver. Rather than living in the light, we live in the darkness—symptomatically revealed in these three areas. In specific chapters on each topic, Piper clearly explains how this exchange happens. He concludes the book by showing how God’s grace can return those ‘planets’ to their God-ordained orbits. We learn how to use these three gifts so that we glorify the Giver; Piper explains how the sun can return to the center of the solar system. So although money, sex, and power are dangerous gifts that can be easily idolized, we also learn that—through Christ—they can find their true and rightful order in our lives.... continue reading

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