Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finally Alive by John Piper - Review

I just finished Finally Alive by John Piper and I would like to write a review for this book that will encourage you to go out and get this book for yourself.  It was good enough that I am planning on doing a Bible Study/Book Study using this book.  And it is important enough of a topic, that I want to promote its study as much as possible.

Here is what the Desiring God website says about this book:

Spiritual rebirth is precious and crucial. When Jesus said, “You must be born again,” he wasn't simply sharing interesting information; he was directing us toward eternal life.
It is essential to know what God intends when he uses this language of being born again, so that we may experience new birth and help others do the same.

So, Finally Alive is a book about the New Birth.  John Piper takes the time to explore several different passages of scripture that deal with this teaching.  That might be my favorite part about this book, it is truly an exploration of scripture, not a human-created mandate on a topic of interest to the author. In being so scripture-driven, he pulls together several different loose ends and shows the amazing power of God in the work of salvation.  This is a topic that has been near to my heart over the last several months as I have been preaching through the book of Ephesians.

As I said, I want to encourage you to read this book.  The understanding and the implications of the new birth can be life changing.  Not only will you walk away encouraged by the power of God in saving sinners, you will have a clearer picture of the necessity of sharing the gospel so that others may be born again.

You can download the pdf version of this book by going to the Desiring God website or by clicking here.


  1. Michael Longfellow3/01/2012 8:48 AM

    Great book! Read when it first came out and thought the same as you, it is an exploration of Scripture! It also thrusts you into the reality of the need to proclaim Christ to everyone you come into contact with. The sum of all beauty is Christ and the sin of worldliness is to diminish our capacity to see Him and be satisfied in Him and show Him compellingly to a perishing world.

    1. That is one of the things that I have grown to love about John Piper, so many of his books are basically expositions of scripture. It stirs in me a greater love for the Bible and a confidence in its authority.

      Thanks for commenting!


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