Don't Waste Your Life

By John Piper

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Don't Waste Your Life

By John Piper

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In This Bestselling Book, John Piper Challenges Christians to a God-Exalting Life

Many spend their lives on trivial diversions, seeking earthly comfort and pleasure above all else. But Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it,” calling us into the eternal purpose and God-exalting life for which we were made. 

In this bestselling book, John Piper warns readers of the dangers of an irrelevant life that counts for nothing and calls Christians to the deeper joys, and risks, that matter for eternity. This new edition features a fresh cover, a revised preface, and updated statistics.

  • Over 1 Million Copies Sold
  • Written by Bestselling Author John Piper: Author of Desiring GodProvidence; and Come, Lord Jesus
  • Second Edition: Features a new preface, redesigned cover, and small revisions to the content 
  • Great Gift for High School or College Students: Inspires Christians to make a lasting difference for the cause of the gospel 

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John Piper

John Piper is founder and lead teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; and Providence.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 200
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 11.56 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8077-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8077-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433580772
Case Quantity: 48
Published: September 12, 2023

Table of Contents

2023 Preface
2018 Preface

Chapter 1: My Search for a Single Passion to Live By
Chapter 2: Breakthrough—the Beauty of Christ, My Joy
Chapter 3: Boasting Only in the Cross, the Blazing Center of the Glory of God
Chapter 4: Magnifying Christ through Pain and Death
Chapter 5: Risk Is Right—Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It
Chapter 6: The Goal of Life—Gladly Making Others Glad in God
Chapter 7: Living to Prove He Is More Precious Than Life
Chapter 8: Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5
Chapter 9: The Majesty of Christ in Missions and Mercy: A Plea to This Generation
Chapter 10: My Prayer—Let None Say in the End, “I’ve Wasted It”

General Index
Scripture Index
Desiring God Note on Resources


Risk is right. Be mastered by one thing. Make much of Christ and him crucified. Those exhortations—and many more like them—are just as relevant today as they were twenty years ago. As a young man, I was captivated by Piper’s pleas for ‘fear-defeating joy in Jesus Christ.’ I still need this message, but now I want my children to hear it as well. I’m confident, and prayerful, that God will continue to use this powerful book for twenty more years and beyond.”
Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina; Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“This message changed my generation. I hope it will change the next ones too. We never grow out of the need to be reminded that God demands our souls, our lives, our all.”
Collin Hansen, Editor in Chief, The Gospel Coalition; author, Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation