John Piper writes, I will tell you what a tragedy is I will show you how to waste your life Consider this story from the FebruaryReader s Digest A couple took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he wasand she wasNow they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on theirfoot trawler, play softball and collect shells Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment Look, Lord See my shells That is a tragedy God created us to live with a single passion to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life The wasted life is the life without this passion God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don t waste your life


10 thoughts on “Don't Waste Your Life

  1. David Gregg David Gregg says:

    It s a great book It does what it does well, but it doesn t deal with the possible or even, likely reaction that people might have to it That is, to draw their sense of approval and validation from how successful they feel they are at not wasting their life If they aren t what they consider to be successful at this, then they will feel less approved or loved by God even if they know intellectually that isn t true So if they aren t successful, then they will be depressed If they are It s a great book It does what it does well, but it doesn t deal with the possible or even, likely reaction that people might have to it That is, to draw their sense of approval and validation from how successful they feel they are at not wasting their life If they aren t what they consider to be successful at this, then they will feel less approved or loved by God even if they know intellectually that isn t true So if they aren t successful, then they will be depressed If they are successful, then they will feel that all is well, but only because their identity and significance is attached to their performance It can easily be a hidden lair of religion a subtle snare of works based righteousness This is how Don t Waste Your Life almost ruined mine I m only now coming out of this myself.So, just remind yourself that your identity, significance, approval, validation, and justification come from Christ alone You are loved and valued unconditionally You don t have to justify your existence You just have to live loved


  2. Billy Billy says:

    This book will hit folks hard, for the better or for the worse,I apologize for this long review I feel very passionate about the subject covered in this book and I feel that I would be amiss if I did not state my humble opinion, pointed as it may be So please forgive the loquacious effort that I humbly offer in hopes that others will read this book and find themselves changed for the better as I have.I found it very interesting to read through the fifty something reviews on this book before This book will hit folks hard, for the better or for the worse,I apologize for this long review I feel very passionate about the subject covered in this book and I feel that I would be amiss if I did not state my humble opinion, pointed as it may be So please forgive the loquacious effort that I humbly offer in hopes that others will read this book and find themselves changed for the better as I have.I found it very interesting to read through the fifty something reviews on this book before writing this review The catch with books like Mr Piper s don t waste your life is that it generally creates a very LARGE reaction in one of 2 extremes convicting and life changing, or unmoving, condemning or perhaps hard to swallow If someone who is not a christian, or perhaps not a member of the denomination of Mr Piper basically a Reformist , writes a review about this, chances are it won t be a good review, so that review isn t fair If a believer, or a member of Mr Piper s denomination writes a review, and they agree with the book, that review may not be fair.So What to do My recommendation is enter with an open mind, finish the book, verifying or contradicting what you have read with scripture and arrive at the conclusion God has for you you will find answers, you will spend time in the word of God, and you will grow closer to the Saviour So that is a win for all, regardless.Now, as for the book, it is a clear presentation of what Mr Piper believes we are able to do with Christ s promised assistance live a life that is glorifying to God How Mr Piper presents, and supports with scriputre, basic but difficult because we are sinners principles such as only what s done for Christ will last , learning the severe discipline of reading the bible , loving people means pointing them to the all satisfying God.Other principles suggested by Mr Piper for living a life that is glorifying to the Lord are, Christ crucified, the blazing center of the glory of God John 3 16 , deserving nothing but inheriting everything WHY , spreading a passion for Christ crucified by teaching in other words, we are called to explain, as Mr Pipereloquently states it, live and speak in such a way that the worth of Christ Crucified is seen and savored byandpeople , Magnify Christ through pain this was a very real subject for me as I have been out of work for 4 months with a back injury and just had spine surgery 2 weeks ago and only by God s providence did my family survive this ordeal because worker s compensation rejected my claim and disability still hasn t kicked in, so I understand the concept of suffering and I don t mean the physical pain, though that was not fun , I mean worry, stess, but then I come back to the Lord and pray and know that he will care for my family and provide a peace that is other worldly not a real word hopefully you get the point even as I was laid off because I couldn t work in a physical job during a recession that was hammering the company that I worked for but the Lord still provides my opportunity to witness to people based upon this experience has been dynamic and I thank the Lord for the grace that he gave me to speak up without fear.More concepts include how is dying gain an understanding that death is the point at which we are united with our creator , how we handle loss shows who our treasure is again, I have no income, but because of our struggles of the past few months, I understand that monetary gain is meant to bless others I recommend Randy Alcorn s The Treasure Principle regarding this topic , there is a difference between sacrifice and suicide an interesting thought Mr Piper states it is not wrong to pray for healing, to take medicine, to put locks on your doors, to flee unruly mobsIt is presumption to jump off the temple while quoting scriputre promises that God will catch you bascially, protect yourselves, trust in the Lord, but don t be ignorant to what God expects from us in caring for ourselves the obvious exception here being the many missionaries who are specifically called to just such a dangerous life, but guided by the Lord, they are able to trust that He is in control of their life.The book is broken in to a Preface, 10 chapters, and a Final Note, all of which are seperated in to short, easily digestable sections Mr Piper does not cram anything down your throat as you read It is a simple and straight forward read Everything is scripturally backed verse references included This is a study of what God has instructed each of us to do to glorify Him We are called to live our lives for His glory read the bible and you will see scriptures, chapters, books, Old and New Testament, explaining the Lord s plan for his children.As a believer, I found this book very encouraging and spiritually convicting a microscope through which I saw where I can strive to do better in living my life for the glory of God If one is not a believer, and I am not judging, I am attempting to see from a differnt angle how the book would be recieved, it might be a very difficult study of a radical faith that seems to be what I remember thinking several years ago before accepting Christ.Cafeteria christians a term that is harsh, but makes a point those who pick and choose the parts of the bible that they like and leave out the rest so that life is easy for them may also have a problem with this book as it is a call to arms, a wake up call, a blaring reminder that we are here on this earth for a greater purpose than to serve ourselves We are all sinners We are born sinners We remain sinners until death The only thing that saves us is the exceptional grace of a God that loves his creation despite the fact that we have turned our backs on him in search of our own gain Harsh , yes True , yes And I am guilty of it myself Because even after we accept Christ, we continue to sin Only upon entry in to heaven will we cease to sin, so perhaps its not so harsh a term after all, just true But again, not judgement I am the worst of sinners and dare not point out sin in others that I am not committed to doing so with.A few final thoughts I could write every concept, every principle, every chapter title, but that would really get old I will sum up this review with a few interesting facts and personal thoughts about the book.Mr Piper thoughtfully places each principle in a understandable, real life, human experience, been there done that , light, with personal anecdotes, testimonies from believers, and quotes from many current church leaders and authors of differing denominations who present their ministry through written word tactfully and with the same biblically sound, scripturally based, Christ glorifying, humility as Mr Piper.Many of the quotes transcribed within this book come from many of histories best known authors and theologians Some of these men are C.S Lewis, Oxford shcolar and author extroidinaire, writer of the Christ analogous The Chronicles of Narnia as well as many biblically centerd, scripturally based, studies such as C.S Lewis the Search for Rational Religion , Mere Christianity , Surprised by Joy , and Christian Reflections , to name a few.John Bunyan was a man who spent 12 years in prison because he would not agree to stop preaching What a sacrifice for the Lord s ministry Bunyan wrote of the experience, the parting with my wife and poor children hath often been to me in this place as the pulling of Flesh from my bones I can empathize, on a smaller scale, not having been in prison, but having faced a similar decision 3 years ago God or my family My wife threatened to leave after I was saved because she didn t understand, but God, in his grace, saved my marriage when it was on the brink of shattering and brought my wife in to his fold and we just recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, and I still have my 2 beautiful daughters with me every day, praise be to God.Bunyan would go on to pen one of the best known works of fiction ever written, some do not even realize that, as with Lewis Chronicles , the work is a parable, a personification of christian faith, suffering and, ultimate victory the book was The Pilgrim s Progress Bunyan would, again like Lewis, author many sound and biblical studies such as Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and Seasonable Counsels, or Advice to Sufferers.Jonathan Edwards is quoted several times Edwards was a 18th century preacher and theologian and, FYI, one time president of Princeton University He has so many published works that there are literally volumes of his writings and transcripts of sermons which provide an interesting glimpse in to the world of reformists in the early days of the United States.I believe that the greatest disagreements and the biggest complaints about this book fall right here, under Reformation theories such as Predestination , Total Depravity , or the like Certainly, churches must have doctrine, it is a requirement perhaps consequence is a better word of fallen man, but the doctrines have become so intensely opposed denominationally that God is actually lost in the midst of disagreement It is sad that the Church as in the world wide body of Christ should have so many disagreements when we are all so fortunate as to be saved Christ bought OUR salvation by suffering OUR punishment on Calvary, why on earth do WE get lost in doctrine and dogma Unfortunately, as sinners, we have allowed doctrine, which is authored by man alone, to override scripture, which was penned as inspired by God We allow our arrogance to close our minds to Christ s mission it is not about denomination, doctrine or dogma, rather, it is about saving as many souls as possible from eternal seperation from the Creator.Finally, and again controversially as with Edwards, probably a great reason for disagreement with what is presented herein , we have many quotes from the man who led the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.So, to finally sum up and thank you to those who actually read my lengthy, heart felt testimony I believe that this book holds a great many truths that will inspire open hearts to serve the Lord withfervor, love and grace.Honestly, having read the other reviews, I can t understand why people of different faiths would review this book, although I am glad they read it I might read a book about atheists or agnostics in order to understand why they believe what they believe, but I wouldn t write a review and criticise the book based on my differing religious beliefs That seems a bit unfair but, who ever said life would be fair


  3. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    I m not a huge Piper fan which in some circles is tantamount to blasphemy I don t agree with his Christian hedonism principle it seems to me to be self focused rather than God focused.However, this book is a helpful reminder that our lives should be used for the glory of God We are always on duty in His service and cannot afford to waste our time.Recommended.


  4. Rosa Rosa says:

    I ll admit I couldn t finish this book But from the beginning, I was deeply disturbed by its pretentiousness I will tell you what a tragedy is I will show you how to waste your life Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader s Digest A couple took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51 Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells Picture them before I ll admit I couldn t finish this book But from the beginning, I was deeply disturbed by its pretentiousness I will tell you what a tragedy is I will show you how to waste your life Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader s Digest A couple took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51 Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment Look, Lord See my shells That is a tragedy Let me tell you what pretentiousness is I will show you how to cast judgment on someone Consider a book that takes a blurb from Readers Digest and shines a spotlight on the couple from the story to its audience, asserting that this couple is committing a deep tragedy by collecting shells gasp The gall How dare they collect shells and appreciate natural beauty Okay, I may be nitpicking, but I find it unfair that Piper is condemning these people What s wrong with collecting shells Also, how does he know that these people aren t doing some real good in their community, being kind and generous, offering a listening ear to lonely people, nurturing healthy relationships with their neighbors, etc I m speculating, of course, they could be assholes who do nothing beneficial to society at all BUT I don t know them, and neither does Piper Let me tell you what wasting your time is It s reading this book


  5. Mary Mary says:

    I so enjoyed reading this while in Kenya Beth Mixon, Sara s good friend who gave up her bed so I had a place to sleep, had this book on her shelf Since it had been recommended to me by my son Ben and I have enjoyed Piper s work before I went for it The chapter on Risk is Right was superb and reminded me that to risk it all for the kingdom pays BIG TIME Not a bad return, given the current market crash I am quite certain that when I think of risk I am thinking of different things than Ben I so enjoyed reading this while in Kenya Beth Mixon, Sara s good friend who gave up her bed so I had a place to sleep, had this book on her shelf Since it had been recommended to me by my son Ben and I have enjoyed Piper s work before I went for it The chapter on Risk is Right was superb and reminded me that to risk it all for the kingdom pays BIG TIME Not a bad return, given the current market crash I am quite certain that when I think of risk I am thinking of different things than Ben I was challanged as to what it means to risk at different stages of life At my stage to risk means being humbled by starting over for example if God calls me back to clinical practice after 10 years in research stuff that seems daunting but wonderful too Maybe to risk means saying God do whatever it takes to keep me close to you, knowing from past experience how much that might hurt, maybe for someone who is such a doer like me it means the discipline of listening to God and others Maybe for me the biggest risk is to say to God you get to choose about my future, even when you know a part of my heart is planted in Africa and has been for a very long time Maybe at a different life stage it means having another baby when the world seems in such lousy shape Risk may be such different things at different life stages It is a risk to stay home with children for women who struggled to become competent at a career, it is a risk to REALLY BE what GOD CALLS ME TO BE, whatever my age or life stage, because he does not call to mediocrity but to excellence Being HIS head, and heart, and hands, so often does not look important I remember well my diaper days, when faithful service was a risk of a positive attitude with mundane tasks, when risk was moving to stay married and hoping God would still show up in a forsaken desert Now risk is looking different But one thing has not changed, it is not comfortable Risking always makes me suck in my breath, and ask myself, Can I trust God with even this The advantage of age and grey hair and yes you get it from your kids is I can afirm, God always shows up and it is always worth the risk


  6. Debra Debra says:

    I can t bring myself to finish this book I don t want to waste my life on reading it.While I think the idea of the message is good, the actual message and delivery is not I found it difficult to understand in places and very repetitive I m pretty sure it s geared toward new young Christians, but there are so many other books that do a better job at presenting this message.I was also feeling a sort of condemnation or legalism that I couldn t quite put my finger on to explain until I read someo I can t bring myself to finish this book I don t want to waste my life on reading it.While I think the idea of the message is good, the actual message and delivery is not I found it difficult to understand in places and very repetitive I m pretty sure it s geared toward new young Christians, but there are so many other books that do a better job at presenting this message.I was also feeling a sort of condemnation or legalism that I couldn t quite put my finger on to explain until I read someone else s review This is what the other reviewer said, it doesn t deal with the possible or even, likely reaction that people might have to it That is, to draw their sense of approval and validation from how successful they feel they are at not wasting their life If they aren t what they consider to be successful at this, then they will feel less approved or loved by God even if they know intellectually that isn t true So if they aren t successful, then they will be depressed If they are successful, then they will feel that all is well, but only because their identity and significance is attached to their performance It can easily be a hidden lair of religion a subtle snare of works based righteousness This book was making me feel as if I m falling short, when in fact, I m pretty sure I m not That s not freedom or joy


  7. Addy S. Addy S. says:

    Absolutely incredible John Piper never ceases to amaze me.


  8. Harper Nicole Harper Nicole says:

    You know, this is one of those books where you put an inspiring quote at the top of the review, but there are just TOO MANY in this book I don t know how many sermons I ve heard of my pastor s where he used the snippet on the back of the book as an example Yeah I loved this book It got me out of a rough time and taught me so much I feel like this is a must read for every Christian The wisdom of John Piper is incredible I loved every moment about it It will change your life Thanks so much You know, this is one of those books where you put an inspiring quote at the top of the review, but there are just TOO MANY in this book I don t know how many sermons I ve heard of my pastor s where he used the snippet on the back of the book as an example Yeah I loved this book It got me out of a rough time and taught me so much I feel like this is a must read for every Christian The wisdom of John Piper is incredible I loved every moment about it It will change your life Thanks so much to my dad for reading this with me I hope it s blessed you as much as it blessed me


  9. Noai Leidenfrost Noai Leidenfrost says:

    Amazing everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and be challenged by this book Life changing some quotes God created me and you to live with a single, all embracing, all transforming passion namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life p31The opposite of wasting your life is to live by a single, soul satisfying passion for the supremacy of God in all things p43 the people that make a durable difference in the Amazing everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and be challenged by this book Life changing some quotes God created me and you to live with a single, all embracing, all transforming passion namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life p31The opposite of wasting your life is to live by a single, soul satisfying passion for the supremacy of God in all things p43 the people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing p 44 Therefore every good thing in life, and every bad thing that God turns for good, is a blood bought gift And all boasting all exultation should be boasting in the cross p54 Christ crucified, the Giver, satisfies p 58 And thus a cross centered, cross exalting, cross saturated life is a God glorifying life the only God glorifying life All others are wasted 59 If we do not embrace the path of joy laden, painful love, we will waste our lives 63 if we know how to die well, we will know how to live well p64 The essence of praising Christ is prizing Christ 68 If we only trust Christ to give us gifts and not himself as the all satisfying gift, then we do not trust him in a way tha thonors him as our treasure 70 This hope that grows and deepens and satisfies through suffering is the hope of verse 2, the hope of the glory of God We were made to see and savor this glory And God, in love, will use whatever trials are necessary to intensify our savoring of his glory 74 To make others glad in God with an everlasting gladness, our lives must show that hi isprecious than life p107 The better questions to ask about possible behaviors is How will this help me treasure ChristHow will it help me show that I do treasure Christ How will it help me to know Christ or display Christ p119 Let me come to the end whether soon or late and be able to say to a family, a church, a city, and the unreached peoples of the earth, for your tomorrow, I gave my today Not just for your tomorrow on earth, but for the countless tomorrows of your ever increasing gladness in God p 124 You don t waste your life by where you work, but how and why p132 Love always wants what is best for the needy, and what s best is enjoying God fully and forever p 159


  10. Eric Eric says:

    If Christ is an all satisfying treasure and promises to provide all our needs, even through famine and nakedness, then to live as though we had all the same values as the world would betray him.An excellent start to 2017, and a great companion piece to another work I m reading currently, The Cost of Discipleship , by Dietrich Bonhoeffer I first discovered John Piper just over a decade ago, while working at a 3 day concert event with a local radio station One of the many other stations was g If Christ is an all satisfying treasure and promises to provide all our needs, even through famine and nakedness, then to live as though we had all the same values as the world would betray him.An excellent start to 2017, and a great companion piece to another work I m reading currently, The Cost of Discipleship , by Dietrich Bonhoeffer I first discovered John Piper just over a decade ago, while working at a 3 day concert event with a local radio station One of the many other stations was giving away copies of a CD called Light Heat, which included eight of his sermons Each of the sermons was a variation on the theme of not wasting your life He discussed the importance of ensuring that we, as those who believe that Christ died for our sins, are representing that belief to the world in a life of selflessness, sacrifice, and example, rather than just fading and blending in with the exact same desires as everyone else He spoke powerfully, convincingly, and passionately Listening to those messages stirred something in me that I m not sure wasn t entirely dormant, and forced me to reexamine my own life in light of what he was suggesting, and what was required of me If I really believed what I believe to be true then am I really living that in my life If not, then what do I need to do to change it What must I lay down of my own interests and desires in order toexemplify my hope in Christ This book, as one would expect from the title, is an address to just this problem I appreciate Piper s stoic and humble approach in his sermons, the weight of his messages, and his call to action Each of these is present here, and many of the same stories I originally heard on that CD are used in the many chapters that start with his own mission to find a single passion in which to live by, continues to the justification of that pursuit as laid out by God Himself in the bible, and concludes with a call for self examination, sacrifice, and the call to missions both here at home and to people that don t know the hope that lives in you He quotes a great number of historic theologians and apologists, including C S Lewis, Jonathon Edwards, and Martin Luther, along with several modern writers commenting on life in America today It s an amalgamation of the great calling to forego self, and to pursue God.Some may be concerned that this book may lead to a works based righteousness approach that not wasting your life means that you need to be doing , ,for God In reality, the book discusses the dangers of that exact type of approach, just how worthless it is, how our own acts of goodness, when offered to God as some form of gift or offering, have no value When those deeds are carried out as a glorification of God, however, rather than something to offer Him, it is the exact same mission that Christ calls us to Our hope is in Christ, His gift to us is not something we can gain or pay back, and therefore our deeds are born of an honoring rather than as an earning When people look to us and wonder what it is that allows us to forego the aims and conventions of society and live selflessly, that is when the proper questions begin getting asked of us Why do you live in such a way What are you aiming to do Why don t you care about things other people spend so much time fretting over When we live as examples, then are glorifying the one who created us, and in doing so serving as living examples.To do this we must make sacrificial life choices rooted in the assurance that magnifying Christ through generosity and mercy issatisfying than selfishness.What cannot be overlooked in this call to sacrifice one s self and the pleasures we are inherently interested in chasing, is the perfect contentment and joy that comes with the expulsion of our inbred worldly pursuits when exchanged for living in the manner God would have us We are called to sacrifice , and to suffer , and this takes several forms By the world s standards cultural and societal norms if we are less interested in building our own personal kingdoms of security and pleasure, andinterested in reaching forth to others, at our own expense, it can be perceived as a form of suffering Perhaps, instead of binge watching Netflix for hundreds of hours every year, we must sacrifice and suffer so that we can teach ourselves valuable skills that are usable for our community, or in building others up educationally, intellectually, and spiritually Perhaps we decide to learn woodworking, or begin tutoring, or learn a new language, or learn how to prepare food, all so that we can serve those around us, and exemplify that our hope is not in sterile and fleeting entertainments, or in our own financial security In doing so, we must be careful not to help others build their own personal kingdoms at the expense of our own Our aim is not to assist in another s distancing from the knowledge and self satisfaction of God, but to build them up in it so that they, too, will be used and empowered to leave these artificial joys behind and become a force of His hands in a hurting world that needs them so.To leave that word of suffering there, however, is to also deny the inherent risk of doing God s work will cause The world does not take kindly to those living outside of its requests on us Here, in America, you may face the lowest and shallowest forms of persecution mockery, slander, and ridicule These forms can take their toll mentally, or emotionally, or even physically, so we must stand strong in our convictions In countries where talking about your hope in Christ is illegal it can get you imprisoned or even executed This sacrifice of living for Christ does not come without cost, but to do so is to gain something far, far greater than the niceties of living that will be taken from you upon your death anyway.If Christ is an all satisfying treasure and promises to provide all our needs, even through famine and nakedness, then to live as though we had all the same values as the world would betray him.This suffering of personal status, character, and wealth, goes only so far as the world We are not to seek fame, or prideful earnings, or wealth, or status, or the pleasures that can bring ruin These things are advertised into our world relentlessly here in America We are bombarded with a message that says that we should focus on ourselves and what makes us happy All the temporary economic kingdoms of this world are lined up to take our money and our time, and our minds, just so that we can have and experience a temporary enjoyment that may not last for months, let alone years New cars, new clothes, sex, drugs, the latest television show, the newest diet, hundreds of financial security investments, new technology, updates, and promos and sweepstakes and contests and vacations a never ending tide of novelty, temporary pleasure, and mediocrity So much noise promising fun and escape, but not enough to drown out the mass shootings, or opioid epidemic, or the mass political divide, or terrorism, domestic violence and abuses, racism, bigotry, etc This pleasure we are seeking is its own drug, its own temporary and unnatural escape from a world drowning in its own depravity It is not our call to seek after such insignificant wealth, or passing pleasure We are to seek the very source of joy and pleasure and to enjoy it to its fullest, but we cannot seek both at the same time.if we look like our lives are devoted to getting and maintaining things, we will look like the world, and that will not make Christ look great.This review has become far longer than I originally intended, though I do hope that I presented the summary of the message of this book without presenting it in any light that may turn off the interested reader It is an excellent book, and a fantastic companion piece to The Cost of Discipleship Bonhoeffer s approach is, at least up to this point, a great self examination of the individual who wishes to find themselves as a disciple of Christ, whereas Piper s approach is to confront the American ideal and contrast that with the life that Christ calls us to We cannot pursue both, as one cannot serve two masters Don t Waste Your Life is a strong message, and one that needs to be echoed in a society that prides itself, unconsciously, on its gratuitous wealth, always seeking forI d suggest reading it alongside Bonhoeffer, and spending time with the two books, even in a study group Each are filled with wisdom, inspiration, and hope May the cross of Christ be your only boast, and may you say, with sweet confidence, to live is Christ, and to die is gain