Mark’s #41 – Life as a Vapor by John Piper (178 pages).

Life as Vapor is 31 meditations on faith by John Piper.  Normally I am not a fan of devotional books.  They’re usually trite little pieces with a Scripture verse (taken out of context) and then a short little feel good story (think Chicken Soup for your soul books).   This is not the case for this book, nor did I expect it to be given the author.

If you’re not familiar with John Piper, you should be.  If you’ve ever tried to read one of Piper’s more lengthy books (like Desiring God), but found that your brain began to hurt because of the level of depth and insight by Piper, well join the club… but don’t give up!

I would highly recommend anyone to read this book, especially if you’re just beginning to get your feet wet with the works and thoughts of John Piper.   I believe John Piper stands head and shoulders above all the other pastors and theologians in our generation.

Even in these short 4-5 page devotions, the reader is brought into the depth and riches of God’s sovereign grace, and he or she will be reminded of the brevity of this life and encouraged to live in light of eternity.

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