Thinking. Loving. Doing by John Piper

"Knowledge is essential, but it's not sufficient."

I love the theme of this book. Usually I am not a fan of people who try to take the Christian faith and smash into a neat little set of rules or formulas. However, I love how the authors take the essence of Christianity and summarize it in three simple verbs.

Working in Christian higher education, I am a constant supporter of knowledge and using knowledge to further the glory of Christ on earth. Our minds are powerful instruments that God has provided us to love Him and love others.

This book is a pretty much a simple transcript of conference presentations. Again I am not a usual fan of speakers transcribing their previous spoken messages into books. Books like that rarely flow together well, however I think John Piper was fortunate to edit together some great messages from some amazing speakers.

There is not much in this book that is groundbreaking, but then again there is nothing new under sun. I particularly like Francis Chan's chapter. His words seem to hit me the hardest and I've always enjoyed his words.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:

"If you love your neighbor, you are willing to listen to him sympathetically...Maybe you find some erroneous thinking. But you also find some positive insights"

"Authenticity begins when you start by admitting that you are inauthentic."