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Risk is Right audiobook by John Piper; Foreward by David Platt

04/02/2013

Thank you chrisitianaudio Reviewers Program for the opportunity to review this work and for your continued ministry to me and my family through bringing great books to audio.

What if God did not promise comfort in this world?  What if attempts we make to make God ‘safer’ actually misrepresented His plan for us?  What if risk is right and is a staple diet to the Christian today?  Can you risk for the wrong reasons?  These are the questions this re-packaged work remind us of.

As Tim Challies points out, this is not a new work by John Piper, it is a re-packaged one.  I agree with Tim though, that just because the newest part of this is the David Platt foreword, it is not reason enough to toss away the message.  The re-worked (Chapter 5 of Don’t Waste Your Life) contain the following headers;

What Is Risk?
Risk Is Woven into the Fabric of Our Finite Lives
Exploding the Myth of Safety
“May the Lord Do What Seems Good to Him”
“If I Perish, I Perish”
“We Will Not Serve Your Gods”
“I Am Ready to Die for the Name of the Lord Jesus”
“In Every City … Afflictions Await Me”
“If They Persecuted Me, They Will Also Persecute You”
To Become a Christian Was to Risk Your Life
How to Waste Forty Years and Thousands of Lives
What About You?
Risking for the Wrong Reasons
The Power to Risk Is in the Promise of God
Does God Really Supply All We Need?
All You Need to Do His Will and Be Happy Forever
I can Do All Things Through Christ, Even Starve
The Far Side of Every Risk, Triumphant Love
How Can It Get Better Than Being Conquerors?
The Only Road that Leads to Lasting Joy

These headers do a great job of outline the work as well as addressing the topic.  The above bolded items were the convicting reminders for me and the subject of this review.  In the section titled “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” which I think also complements the “What about you?” and “Risking for the wrong reasons” John Piper reminds us of the verses found in 1 Peter 4:12-14 (ESV);

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

These proof-texts can help to emphasize the point, but being a discerning reader, I believe God does not need my help and when presented with the FULL context of this text, the true heart of risk is revealed;  1 Peter 4:15-19 (ESV)

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

The temptation is to skip over ‘murderer,’ ‘thief,’ ‘evildoer,’ and ‘meddler’ and say to ourselves I am none of these things.  However applying other parts of scripture in which Jesus equates hate with murder, lust with adultery etc, we can now clearly see that when we risk and in the context of these versus suffer, we too can have a wrong heart motive in the midst of these matters.  What has also struck me over the years with these verses is, who the author is, Peter.  Whom better with a doctorate degree in walking out all these things to exhort us to worship.  I believe this is the same calling our heart to task that Platt and Piper are emphasizing in this audio on Risk is Right.

Finally, in the last two sections that impacted me; “Does God Really Supply All We Need?” and “I can Do All Things Through Christ, Even Starve” I was reminded of the non-believers in my life with whom I have regular conversations with whom see through the platitudes we tend to dish out with “God won’t give you more than you can handle” or “See God feeds the birds, He will take care of you.”  Again, another attempt to make God ‘safe’ versus acknowledging His good.  The reality of the matter is that God does give you more than you can handle, (see 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (ESV)); and with good reason.  Further, the saints of the Bible reveal that suffering with risk is a part of the Christian life and never promises comfort (see Philippians 4:12-13 (ESV)) which is why we must be cautious with our calls to discipleship.  I am convinced that if you tell people the cost, they will understand the journey.  If there is fuzzy thinking about the cost, then like the seed that fell on the rock (Luke 8:6), when trials and tribulations come there is no foundation (Luke 8:13; Matt 7:7:24-27).  

I was also reminded of how ‘rich’ I actually am, with my 2 cars, a home, a good job, and money in the bank and how I am living in my ‘safety’ and never content (Phil 4:11).

The reader of this audio kept my attention and read very well, I listened to this short work for an entire week on my way to work.  Which allowed 3x in full.  It challenged, inspired, and enlightened me to think through my motives with risk and selfish ambition.   As always, David Platt and John Piper encourage us to love God with all our minds, and this work was no less of a reminder.  Piper’s original work (DWYL) also was presented in a cohesive, yet appealing manner and because it is the same work, nothing has changed.  Further, the saturation of scripture references, the examples from both Old and New Testament successfully conveys Biblical truth that remind us that God’s plan has not changed from Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration.  I would recommend this audiobook to others, but I would emphasize the parent work in that it addresses the heart of our society with more items than just risk.

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