Don't Waste Your Life is such a good, impactful book! It's not long, but it packs a powerfully thought-provoking punch.
John Piper opens the book by relating a story about a couple who retire and move to the beach and spend their days playing golf and collecting seashells. The American dream, right? Piper spends the rest of the book telling us why that is actually a wasted life.
Not that there's anything wrong with enjoying life, or relaxing. But Piper challenges us to use our lives to the absolute fullest. Do we have an abundance of free time? Could that time not be used in helping others and spreading the Word? Or do you have an abundance of money? Couldn't that money be better spent in the church's work rather than in the stock market?
He also talks about having a war-time faith rather than a peacetime faith. In WWII, everyone pulled together to support the effort and the troops. Citizens willingly went without or self-rationed in order to make sure the troops had what they needed. We should also act on our faith in the same way. We should pray every day as though heading into battle.
Piper, of course, explains these concepts a lot better than I just did, and in much better detail. I highly recommend this book. It's very accessible; no theological degree necessary to easily understand the message.
On Wednesday, look for my review of the study guide that pairs with Don't Waste Your Life!
*I downloaded a free copy of Don't Waste Your Life from the author's website, http://www.desiringgod.org/books/dont-waste-your-life. As of 12/30/15, it is still available for free at the same place.