A Devotional for the Contemplative Calvinist (a book review)

A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You is my first exposure to John Piper in book form, though I am overall well acquainted with the main thrust of his teaching from other sources. A Godward Heart is a devotional of sorts, in that it consists of many (50) short, disconnected chapters, most of which are keyed to specific passages of Scripture.

But in other ways A Godward Heart is very unlike your standard devotional. It covers a much broader range of topics and it is more theologically-oriented than self-oriented, which I found refreshing. A Godward Heart is also distinctively Piper, and therefore Calvinist. Piper addresses several of the topics he is commonly known to address: God’s s glory, God’s sovereignty, the meaning of suffering and disaster, Christian joy, substitutionary atonement, complimentairianism, and racism.

Because the book is a collection, it has no central theme, but that does not mean it doesn’t have a specific goal. Piper states his goal in his introduction: “My aim is a Godward book in the hope that God will put his fingers on its paragraphs and turn the lens of the eye to your soul, ever so delicately, and bring glories into focus.” This book was produced with the belief that we are shaped, often not by entire books, but by chapters, paragraphs, and sentences.

If you’re looking for a devotional with more meat than most, or if you want insights into the “blueprints” in the mind of Jonn Piper, then this book is for you.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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