Dropping two books from my “currently reading” list.
- “Don’t Waste Your Life” (John Piper)
- “Stuff Christians Like” (Jonathan Acuff)
Now, before you call me a quitter, let me explain my reasons as to why I have decided to shelf these two books. I’ll start with “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.
I only read the first 4.5 chapters out of 10 in this book – and the basic message I derived from it was this: If I don’t give everything away that the Lord has blessed me with, move to a third-world country where there isn’t adequate drinking water, food, or transportation, and die a martyr’s death for the cause of Christ I’ve wasted my life. Now, I know that sounds judgmental (and perhaps it is), but that is the message I have (thus far) received from the book. God calls us to be charitable and compassionate, yes. God calls His children to be missionaries WHEREVER they are (moving to a third-word country is not a *requirement* unless the Lord specifically places that calling on your life). Not every Christian will die a martyr’s death; in fact, the majority of them will not. Will we all suffer persecution at one point? Most likely yes, even if it’s in the mildest form. I also found the book very repetitive, somewhat slow, and rather dry – which is hard for me to handle. To top all that off, John Piper is a Calvinist. I am not (and I’m thankful to be able to admit that). Calvinism is not Biblical. I know that there are lessons that can be learned from anyone and from any situation, even when I don’t agree with or particularly care for someone. However, for myself – I find it hard to focus on what someone is trying to teach me when I do not agree with the doctrine they embrace and promote. Perhaps I will finish the book on down the road… if I do, I’ll write a complete book review at that time.
“Stuff Christians Like” by Jonathan Acuff was… interesting. I read about 1/3 of the book (71 pages out of 204). While I did find myself laughing at some of the chapters, I found myself grimacing in others. The book is very sarcastic, which (if you know anything about me) is something I feed upon. I love sarcasm. I love wit. I love cynical humor. However, I believe there are times when it is not appropriate – like when talking about the things of God, or people’s standards of separation, or prayer, or… the list goes on. I understand that the book is meant to be humorous, while picking out various “areas in need of improvement” in a lot of churches. But really, should we make light and poke fun at the things of God? Probably not the best idea. Again, there were some very funny sections… others I couldn’t laugh at… some left me scratching my head saying, “really? did he really go there…?”
I don’t know… maybe one day I’ll finish both of these books and be able to have some good things to say about them. However, I feel that I should be sticking my nose into books that will edify me as a Christian, help me grow in the things of God, and strengthen my areas of weakness. Neither of these books were getting the job done.
I’ve already replaced these books with two others:
- “Discover Your Destiny” (Cary Schmidt)
- “Passion & Purity” (Elisabeth Elliot)
I’m already in chapter 3 of “Discover Your Destiny” and I plan to start pecking away at “Passion & Purity” tonight. My desire is to draw closer to the Lord, to strengthen my standards, and to become more Christ-like in all my actions. I believe these books will help in these areas. Pray for me.
Posted on September 16, 2010, in Book Review and tagged Books, Calvinism, Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper, Jonathan Acuff, Reading, Sarcasm, Stuff Christians Life. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.