I was blessed to have a copy of John Piper’s book A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You in my purse during an unexpected 12-day stay at the hospital when my daughter was in a snow skiing accident. The book is divided into 50 short chapters of a theological truth for meditation. I am certain that God planned for me to have this book and to read chapter #26 “Putting my Daughter to Bed After the Bridge Collapsed: What Do Tragedies Like This Mean for Us”. The truths that John Piper reminded me of in this book helped us to sleep peacefully in the middle of our lives being turned upside down.
I’m not sure if it was just the environment under which I read this book, but it was not an easy read. The book truly has some gems, while other chapters, especially toward the end, were familiar themes I had read in his other books that did not seem to fit the theme of this book. This book is a great summary of all that John Piper’s writing, preaching, and ministry revolves around. If you have read all his books, you might find this one redundant. If you have never read any of his books, this one is a great place to start.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.