Living in the Light

Money, Sex and Power

Shows us how valuing Christ as the blazing centre of our lives enables us to rightly enjoy money, sex and power.

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Whether we’re rich or poor, married or single, in a position of great influence or not—all of us face temptation in the areas of money, sex and power. They are the dangerous opportunities of our time—opportunities to destroy our own souls, or to experience the true joy of using them for God’s glory.

John Piper shows us that when we have the blazing glory of Christ at the centre of our spiritual solar system, the planets of money, sex and power find their true and beautiful orbits.

This book is for every Christian and will help you to wake up to the all-satisfying glory of God, and discover what you were made for.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Definitions and Foundations
  • 2. The Pleasure-Destroying Dangers of Sex
  • 3. The Wealth-Destroying Dangers of Money
  • 4. The Self-Destroying Dangers of Power
  • 5. Deliverance: The Return of the Sun to the Center
  • 6. Deployment: The New Orbits for Money, Sex, and Power
  • Conclusion

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Author John Piper
ISBN 9781784980511
Format Hardback
First published May 2016
Dimensions 129mm x 178mm x 20mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Paul Dale

Senior Pastor, Church by the Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Highly readable, peppered with Scripture, personal and persuasive. This book highlights how Jesus transforms our attitude to money, sex and power for our good and God's glory. I'll be recommending this book for our church family. Once again, Piper has written a wonderfully helpful book addressing key areas of our Christian lives.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr

President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This new book is timely and deserves careful consideration by every Christian. It is a theologically rich, biblically faithful exploration of potential stumbling blocks to enjoying God: sex, money, and power. In these pages you will discover not only the spiritual danger of setting your hope in the things of this world but how, as Christians, we can understand sex, money, and power in ways that display God’s glory.

Richard Coekin

Director of the Co-Mission Network; author of Ephesians For You

For Christians feeling trapped between the damaging idolatry of the world and the dehumanising suppression of religion, here is precious gospel wisdom for today. Beautifully written and produced, this little book is packed with fresh biblical insight. Its central theme of seeing money, sex and power not merely as dangerous temptations but also exciting opportunities to glorify the Saviour at the centre of our lives is so positive.

Independent reviews

Living in the Light: Money, Sex & Power

Tim Challies, Biblical Counseling Coalition, May 5th 2016

This holy/unholy trio is the subject of John Piper’s latest book Living in the Light. While the book began as a series of conference messages, this is no lazy port from one format to another, but a careful, skillful rewrite and expansion.... continue reading

"A fullsome and unshrinking read"

Robin Ham, That Happy Certainty, May 23rd 2016

For someone looking to press on as a follower of Christ, Living in the Light will be a fullsome and unshrinking read. If you’ve never read any Piper, it’s a great way to begin. If you’re a JP junkie, you’ll still appreciate how he pushes seeing Christ as supreme into the specifics of our lives.... continue reading

"this is a fantastic book"

Kyle Johnston, Biblical Counseling Coalition, December 30th 2016

Although money, sex, and power are gifts from God, Piper recognizes that we tragically (and wickedly!) idolize them and prefer the gifts to the Giver. Rather than living in the light, we live in the darkness—symptomatically revealed in these three areas. In specific chapters on each topic, Piper clearly explains how this exchange happens. He concludes the book by showing how God’s grace can return those ‘planets’ to their God-ordained orbits. We learn how to use these three gifts so that we glorify the Giver; Piper explains how the sun can return to the center of the solar system. So although money, sex, and power are dangerous gifts that can be easily idolized, we also learn that—through Christ—they can find their true and rightful order in our lives.... continue reading

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