I admit Iím a John Piper fan. Iíve been challenged greatly by his books over the years, starting with Desiring God back in the 80ís. Iíve always got a least one of his books in my briefcase or on my nightstand. Life as a Vapor is classic Piper material, rich with the glory of God, the call for passion for His purposes, and worship as the chief end of man. So, I was surprised to find that I did not enjoy Life as a Vapor like I thought I would.
In thirty-one meditations of three to five short pages each, Piper calls his brothers and sisters in Christ to remember that life on earth is short, eternity is long, and heaven is our home and not this world. As always, I was challenged as he applied this principle to specific aspects of lifeóanger, how others see us, American culture, parenting, and many more.
Perhaps my disappointment is found in the packaging. I read Piper best when I can quietly sit and read, meditate, then go back and read again. I had a hard time trying to catch his concepts in little bite-sized meditations. Issues of the existence of evil, dying to self, and Godís love for Himself are not ďsnacksĒ to consume while sipping a coffee and rushing off to work. Piper shows us that it is easy to get side-tracked by so many good activities that we run out of time for the best activities in life. Sitting down with a full-blown Piper book in one hand and the Bible in another falls in the second category. Life as a Vapor tries to rush the process and loses its power as a result. Ė Kurt Jones, Christian Book Previews.com
"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).
Living knowing that your life is a vapor is different than just living. Things here are passing away. Youíve got to hold on to what will stand. Savor what matters. This collection of thirty-one articles is full of that heart-longing after Christ that distinguishes Piperís preaching ministry. Readers will feel as though they have stumbled into a garden as they enter these pages. The Scripture cuts, Christ is exalted in God, and we worship Him.