The Influence of Reading: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

This is the third entry in a series about books that have been influential in my life. The first two entries are available here and here.

In the preface to Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper writes:

Jesus will not be domesticated. But people still try. There seems to be something about this man for everybody. So we pick and choose in a way that hows he is on our side. All over the world, having Jesus on your side is a good things. But not the original, undomesticated, unadjusted Jesus. Just the revised Jesus who fits our religion or political platform or lifestyle (11-12).

Instead of trying to "customize Jesus" into a more palatable person, Piper writes about the real Jesus: "Stated most simply, the common path for sure knowledge of the real Jesus is this: Jesus, as he is revealed in the Bible, has a glory--an excellence, a spiritual beauty--that can be seen as self-evidently true" (13).

Although God had awakened by soul to the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ, this book helped to add fuel to the fire. If you would like to read this book, and you don't have any money, then you can read it for free online!

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