Life and Books and Everything
Life and Books and Everything

Episode · 5 months ago

John Piper Talks Books


John Piper sits down with Kevin DeYoung to discuss human purpose, pastoral leadership, the advantages of reading slowly. And of course they discuss books, too. So many books. Reading them; writing them; loving them; but most of all desiring God through them. (See the full list below.) And in this conversation you will get a picture of what will perhaps be John Piper’s magnum opus.  

Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp.

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An Excellent Book for 2021 [1:11 – 2:37] 

What did John Piper do for Christmas during coronavirus? [2:37 – 4:58] 

Why Piper doesn’t like the word ‘retirement’ [4:58 – 12:45] 

Especially Formative Books for John Piper [12:45 – 19:57] 

On the Pros and Cons of Reading Slowly [19:57 – 34:48] 

Books to Kickstart Pastoral Ministry [34:48 – 43:54] 

Favorite Biographies [43:54 – 46:32] 

Books to Return To [46:32 – 51:59] 

The Hardest Book John Piper Had to Write and His Favorite [51:59 – 57:38] 

Providence: John Piper’s Latest Book [57:38 – 1:03:15] 

Enjoying the Process of Writing; Praise for Pastors Who Don’t Write Books
[1:03:15 – 1:09:33] 

More Questions on Providence and Providence [1:09:33 – 1:20:40] 

The Most Important Verse in the Bible [1:20:40 – 1:25:08] 

Books and More Books: 

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp (get 30% off

Thinking God’s Thoughts: The Hermeneutics of Humility, by Daniel P. Fuller 

The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity, by Daniel P.

Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards 

The End for Which God Created the World, by Jonathan Edwards 

The Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards 

Validity in Interpretation, by E.D. Hirsch 

Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer, by C.S. Lewis 

A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C.S. Lewis

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen, introduction by J.I.

Communion with the Triune God, by John Owen  

The Glory of Christ, by John Owen 

How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler 

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper 

The Religious Life of Theological Students, by Benjamin B. Warfield 

The Christian Ministry, by Charles Bridges 

The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel, by Jonathan Edwards 

Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon, especially “The Minister’s
Fainting Fits” and “The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear” 

Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones 

Walking with the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe 

Listening to the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe 

Giant Steps, by Warren Wiersbe 

Tony Reinke on modern technology 

Reformed Dogmatics by Hermann Bavinck  

Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem 

21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful, by John

Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown 

William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Danielle 

Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden 

Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, by Iain Murray 

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, by Courtney Anderson 

Portrait of Calvin, by T.H.L. Parker 

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton 

A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon
to the Mid-Twentieth Century

The poetry of George Herbert 

What Jesus Demands from the World, by John Piper 

Desiring God, by John Piper 

Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, by John Piper 

Providence, by John Piper (Pre-Order at Westminster Books)  

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