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Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. By John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.
The Triune God created all things for His glory. Thus, all creation, including the human mind, serves to exalt God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In distinct Piper fashion, John Piper in Think reveals the true purpose of the human mind: to know God, love God, and love man through Jesus Christ (21, 154, and 175).
To help readers fulfill the purpose of the mind, Piper walks them through thinking unto the glory of God. He argues thinking is not merely an emotionless endeavor, but the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart (36). Readers however must not be whimsical in their thinking, for they must think carefully, ask questions, and weave the answers into an extensive fabric of understanding that helps them live lives of love to the glory of Jesus Christ (55). Furthermore, thinking is essential to Christianity because there is no way to awaken faith or strengthen faith apart from it (66); however, thinking alone is not enough, for the Holy Spirit must work or true faith cannot be awakened or grown (80).
Moreover, loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things (91). In order to do this, we must treasure God above our own mental ability. The answer for the sinful desire to worship our mind is the gospel, for it makes us rational, not irrational, due to it freeing us to see and speak the truth (116). As a result of believing the gospel, the humble use of the mind is always good no matter how much or how little education someone has (128). Even when Christ and the apostles condemn the wisdom of the world, they’re condemning pride, not learning (140-141). In order to think in a humble God-glorifying manner, our pride must be checked by grace (164-165). Proper thinking, therefore, does not replace God’s grace, for it is a gift of God’s grace and the pathway to more and more grace (184).
To summarize, Piper has provided a concise, persuasive, and thoroughly Biblical work that will help readers use creation for the purpose of studying God. Readers then may take this theology and connect it to Christ in light of Scripture and the Spirit of Truth. The necessary result will be doxology through humble thinking for the purpose of enjoying God. Whether you consider yourself a profound or light thinker, this book will help you know God, love God, and love others through Jesus Christ.