It’s not a book you really read continuously from cover to cover like most. Piper’s A Godward Heart is more of a devotional that you pick up every day or from time to time in order to be inspired by a portion of Scripture or a inspirational theme concerning our relationship with God.
It’s a mixed bag – some meditations are better than others. But, as always, John Piper is an excellent writer and communicator and has insights that are at times brilliant. What I love is that you sense that he is not just exposing the Scripture but he is exposing his own heart as he grapples with God and the Word. Piper is very real and in that way he takes us along in his journey.
My favorite moment revealing that intimacy was when he tells of how he came face to face with a seminary professor who simply said: “I love Jesus.” (p. 22) That simple phrase had a huge impact on Piper – a simple profession that means everything. This is a book that will draw you closer to the Lord in so many ways and so we can thank John Piper for bearing his heart and revealing the Lord in the Word.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
I’m thankful for books like this which draw Christians back into the Old Testament. Author David Murray notes many times that most Christians know little if anything about the Old Testament and don’t relate it to Jesus at all.
The author takes us on his own journey of discovery into the Old Testament in which he finds Jesus Christ over and over again. The first section of the book is this initial discovery of Jesus in the Old Testament. The second (and main section) takes the reader through specific areas in the Old Testament which reveal Jesus.
I think this is a good introduction for the average Christian to the concept of Jesus as found throughout the Old Testament. He doesn’t get into too much detail and moves quickly from example to example which helps the reader stay focused. Personally, I would have liked to see much more detail and development of many of his points but that would demand a much longer book and less accessible for every reader.
Murray throughout the book cites reformed sources and authors, apparently in order to give greater credibility to what he is saying. First of all, I don’t believe that he necessarily needs those citations to bolster up his argument. Scripture is clear alone. Secondly, for those (like me) who are not from a reformed background, it doesn’t add (or take) anything from the credibility. They are simply quotations to support the point. They do reveal that his insights into the Old Testament are nothing new.
That said, I hope that many people read this book and rediscover the Gospel in the Old Testament – find Jesus in the first 2/3 of their Bibles. It’s nothing new – Christians have been finding Christ in the Old Testament since the first century.
This book has been reviewed as a part of the Book Sneeze Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.