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Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sightgiving power--a power that ext Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sightgiving power--a power that extends beyond the words on the page. Ultimately, Piper shows us that in the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: we are given eyes to behold the glory of the living God.


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Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sightgiving power--a power that ext Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sightgiving power--a power that extends beyond the words on the page. Ultimately, Piper shows us that in the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: we are given eyes to behold the glory of the living God.

30 review for Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    The day I completed John Piper’s newest book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, I was alerted to a shocking and sobering statistic, namely, only forty-five percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Such a statistic should prompt Christians to radically shift their priorities and make Bible reading a normal part of their lives. If less than half of Christian people are reading the Bible on a regular basis, we are not only short-circuiting our joy; we are f The day I completed John Piper’s newest book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, I was alerted to a shocking and sobering statistic, namely, only forty-five percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Such a statistic should prompt Christians to radically shift their priorities and make Bible reading a normal part of their lives. If less than half of Christian people are reading the Bible on a regular basis, we are not only short-circuiting our joy; we are failing to showcase the glory of God and find satisfaction in his all-sufficient grace. Part One: The Ultimate Goal of Reading the Bible Reading the Bible Supernaturally, by John Piper is directed at people who regularly feast on the Word of God. My assumption is that if people neglect Bible reading, they will have no interest in reading a book about the Bible. Piper offers a modest proposal in Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Our ultimate goal in reading the Bible is that God’s infinite worth and beauty would be exalted in the everlasting, white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ from every people, language, tribe, and nation. Six implications flow forth from this proposal: 1. that the infinite worth and beauty of God are the ultimate value and excellence of the universe; 2. that the supremely authentic and intense worship of God’s worth and beauty is the ultimate aim of all his work and word; 3. that we should always read his word in order to see this supreme worth and beauty; 4. that we should aim in all our seeing to savor his excellence above all things; 5. that we should aim to be transformed by this seeing and savoring into the likeness of his beauty, 6. so that more and more people would be drawn into the worshipping family of God until the bride of Christ - across all centuries and cultures - is complete in number and beauty. The proposal and the six implications make up the first part of the book help set the stage for the remaining sections. Part Two: The Supernatural Act of Reading the Bible In Part Two, the author argues that reading the Bible in a way that glorifies God is a supernatural act. God expects that his Word is read supernaturally a feat that Piper expounds with skill and persuasiveness. Part Three: The Natural Act of Reading the Bible Supernaturally Part three may surprise some readers as Piper makes a case for joining the natural efforts of Bible reading with supernatural assistance from God. The aim of the author in this section is to “encourage a deep dependence on God and the fullest use of natural powers in the supernatural act of reading the Bible.” In passage after passage, Piper demonstrates how this view matches the biblical record. Summary John Piper succeeds in defending his proposal. In the process, he encourages Christians to read “actively” with “aggressive attentiveness.” His plea is for readers to be rooted in a “deep understanding of the glorious calling to pursue the natural act of reading the Bible supernaturally.” Clearly, we are in the midst of a crisis if less than half of Christians are reading their Bibles on a regular basis. Something must change in the days ahead. The best place to begin is by reading the Bible supernaturally.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Excellent. One of Piper's best. This book will stir your love for Scripture, and your desire to read actively and attentively the inspired word of God. Take and read! Excellent. One of Piper's best. This book will stir your love for Scripture, and your desire to read actively and attentively the inspired word of God. Take and read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Larry Fulmer

    In His book; “Reading the Bible Supernaturally,” Piper encourages his readers to look beyond just simply words and phrases. Rather that reading the bible supernaturally would lead us into searching, asking, and applying the Word to our lives so that we might experience the glory of God through His written Word, and through Christ. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who desires to know God’s Word and to the study of Scripture. This book has challenged me in my own Bible Study to look In His book; “Reading the Bible Supernaturally,” Piper encourages his readers to look beyond just simply words and phrases. Rather that reading the bible supernaturally would lead us into searching, asking, and applying the Word to our lives so that we might experience the glory of God through His written Word, and through Christ. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who desires to know God’s Word and to the study of Scripture. This book has challenged me in my own Bible Study to look beyond, and to see the meaning of what the authors intended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Maybe this is due to my longstanding dislike of audio books but I didn't enjoy this very much. There was some beneficial material in here but overall it felt like it should have been a pamphlet rather than a book and seemed to drag on and on covering the same material. Also, clearly Piper's pet phrase is "white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ" and it was far overused. Maybe this is due to my longstanding dislike of audio books but I didn't enjoy this very much. There was some beneficial material in here but overall it felt like it should have been a pamphlet rather than a book and seemed to drag on and on covering the same material. Also, clearly Piper's pet phrase is "white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ" and it was far overused.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christian Barrett

    Let me start by saying I know this is the second book of this trilogy, and it was an accident that I read this one first. However, I am so glad I did. Piper takes the task of reading the Bible and turns it into art. The first portion of this book illustrates why we read the Bible (to glorify God, to know God better, to be transformed, as a form of worship). The second part illustrates how to read the Bible and be transformed by it. The third part focuses on understanding the Bible. This book exe Let me start by saying I know this is the second book of this trilogy, and it was an accident that I read this one first. However, I am so glad I did. Piper takes the task of reading the Bible and turns it into art. The first portion of this book illustrates why we read the Bible (to glorify God, to know God better, to be transformed, as a form of worship). The second part illustrates how to read the Bible and be transformed by it. The third part focuses on understanding the Bible. This book exemplifies why I love Piper. He is passionate and rooted in the Word. He doesn’t go on long tangents with examples, but gives the necessary examples only. He exhorts, convicts, and teaches; and for this I am grateful. I’d recommend this book to any Christian wanting to go deeper in reading, savoring, and understanding the Word of God.

  6. 5 out of 5

    E

    The subtitle of this book aptly describes what it is all about. Piper argues that God gave us the Scriptures ultimately so that God's "infinite worth and beauty" would be praised by the "everlasting, white-hot worship" of the worldwide redeemed. Piper makes the case that such praise will come about only through "seeing, savoring, and being transformed" by God's glory in Scripture. And THAT will only happen supernaturally (hence the title) through the work of God. This doesn't mean we don't have g The subtitle of this book aptly describes what it is all about. Piper argues that God gave us the Scriptures ultimately so that God's "infinite worth and beauty" would be praised by the "everlasting, white-hot worship" of the worldwide redeemed. Piper makes the case that such praise will come about only through "seeing, savoring, and being transformed" by God's glory in Scripture. And THAT will only happen supernaturally (hence the title) through the work of God. This doesn't mean we don't have great responsibilities ourselves when reading the Word--we do. Piper commends "aggressive attentiveness" in reading the text, never reading lazily but always questioning Scripture relentlessly and then seeking answers to those questions from the text itself. Piper handles all three parts of these thesis quite well. Part 1 of the work defends the argument Piper has for why God gave us the Bible in the first place. Part 2 defends the need to have God open our eyes and hearts when reading (the Pharisees are a great negative example of this). Part 3 deals with what we are to bring to the table when we read. I really liked this part because Piper lets us under the hood to get a glimpse of how he himself reads the Scriptures. He is not a "just me and Bible guy," thankfully, but he still drives home the point that we should always be asking about the logical connections and conclusions the text is making, seeking to understand how they flow. If we do not know why a "for" or "therefore" is there, for example, then we haven't understood the text. Everything Piper writes is worth perusing, but this is worth a serious read. I hope it has a great impact on how modern evangelicals tackle the very words of God.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rod Innis

    This is truly one of the best books that I have read. It is very Biblical using so much Scripture to discuss the topics that the author is covering. It is very practical. It is not light reading, however. It is over 400 pages and requires serious study if it is to be useful to the person who wants to seriously study the Bible. Also if it is to be truly useful, it has to be followed up by putting into practice the lessons taught. I strongly recommend it to anyone who truly wants to deepen his or This is truly one of the best books that I have read. It is very Biblical using so much Scripture to discuss the topics that the author is covering. It is very practical. It is not light reading, however. It is over 400 pages and requires serious study if it is to be useful to the person who wants to seriously study the Bible. Also if it is to be truly useful, it has to be followed up by putting into practice the lessons taught. I strongly recommend it to anyone who truly wants to deepen his or her study of God's word.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This book starts out good and grows better as you go along. As it is a hefty tome of some 400 pages this means that by the end it has grown quite exceptional. If you’ve read a fair amount of Dr. Piper, though appreciative, you may feel bogged down by the familiar as he lays down the groundwork. I found myself wondering if this book would offer much in the vein of originality, or simply be a prolonged application of past ideas to the specific topic at hand, as valuable as that might be. Of course This book starts out good and grows better as you go along. As it is a hefty tome of some 400 pages this means that by the end it has grown quite exceptional. If you’ve read a fair amount of Dr. Piper, though appreciative, you may feel bogged down by the familiar as he lays down the groundwork. I found myself wondering if this book would offer much in the vein of originality, or simply be a prolonged application of past ideas to the specific topic at hand, as valuable as that might be. Of course, the standard Piper paradigms are there (i.e. Christian Hedonism), but this book is more than stale bread doubly toasted. The cook uses the same ingredients, but something fresh yet faithful is served up. For those tempted to abort book in the first quarter, I encourage you, press on. The best reading lies ahead, not simply in this book, but of the Book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Smith

    Really outstanding book. I agree with Dr. Carson that any Christian who thoughtfully engages with this book will benefit from it. I’ve learned a lot and have been immensely edified in the process. It covers a lot of ground, and the last section about the natural part of reading the Bible supernaturally was filled with gold. We must not read like the Pharisees, but pray that we will read with the eyes of our heart enlightened to the glorious truths that are right there for us in the text. We “act Really outstanding book. I agree with Dr. Carson that any Christian who thoughtfully engages with this book will benefit from it. I’ve learned a lot and have been immensely edified in the process. It covers a lot of ground, and the last section about the natural part of reading the Bible supernaturally was filled with gold. We must not read like the Pharisees, but pray that we will read with the eyes of our heart enlightened to the glorious truths that are right there for us in the text. We “act the miracle” with a trusting, prayerful dependence on God as we give relentless attention to the text and its meaning.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This was a bit of a slow read (over one month start to finish) for me for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I was dividing my attention between this and a couple of other books. But the main reason was the subject matter itself. Among other aspects of reading the Bible well, Piper lays some stress on the importance of reading it carefully and thoughtfully. In view of this, I found myself lingering over paragraphs and chapters at a more methodical pace than I ordinarily would. I always thr This was a bit of a slow read (over one month start to finish) for me for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I was dividing my attention between this and a couple of other books. But the main reason was the subject matter itself. Among other aspects of reading the Bible well, Piper lays some stress on the importance of reading it carefully and thoughtfully. In view of this, I found myself lingering over paragraphs and chapters at a more methodical pace than I ordinarily would. I always thrill to join Piper in his exaltation of Christ and his joyful exultation in the glories of God.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Reading the Bible Supernaturally is a companion book to John Piper's A Peculiar Glory. Don't worry if you haven't read it, though. He tells you just enough about the first book to situate readers for this second book. (What book should come first? It's almost like The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and A Magician's Nephew. Almost. I would liken Reading the Bible Supernaturally to be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and A Peculiar Glory to A Magician's Nephew.) This is John Piper writing Reading the Bible Supernaturally is a companion book to John Piper's A Peculiar Glory. Don't worry if you haven't read it, though. He tells you just enough about the first book to situate readers for this second book. (What book should come first? It's almost like The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and A Magician's Nephew. Almost. I would liken Reading the Bible Supernaturally to be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and A Peculiar Glory to A Magician's Nephew.) This is John Piper writing so expect logic and clarity. He does a great job of explaining everything precisely and logically. The book has three divisions: "The Ultimate Goal of Reading the Bible," "The Supernatural Act of Reading the Bible," and "The Natural Act of Reading the Bible Supernaturally." "Part 1 poses the all-important question What does the Bible tell us is the ultimate goal of reading the Bible? I propose an answer with six implications and then devote ten chapters to unfolding and testing those implications. Part 2 works out the inference from part 1 that reading the Bible really must be a supernatural act, if God’s goals for our reading the Bible are to be reached. Finally, part 3 treats the practical outworking of such a claim in the seemingly ordinary human act of reading—the natural act of reading the Bible supernaturally." So what does Piper see as the ultimate goal in reading the Bible?! "The Bible itself shows that our ultimate goal in reading the Bible is that God’s infinite worth and beauty would be exalted in the everlasting, white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ from every people, language, tribe, and nation. In other words, each time we pick up the Bible to read, we should intend that reading would lead to this end. The way that we as individuals are caught up into this ultimate aim as we read the Bible becomes clear as we spell out six implications that flow from this proposed answer to our question. When we say that the ultimate goal of reading the Bible is that God’s infinite worth and beauty would be exalted in the everlasting, white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ from every people, language, tribe, and nation, we imply that: 1. the infinite worth and beauty of God are the ultimate value and excellence of the universe; 2. that the supremely authentic and intense worship of God’s worth and beauty is the ultimate aim of all his work and word; 3. that we should always read his word in order to see this supreme worth and beauty; 4. that we should aim in all our seeing to savor his excellence above all things; 5. that we should aim to be transformed by this seeing and savoring into the likeness of his beauty, 6. so that more and more people would be drawn into the worshiping family of God until the bride of Christ—across all centuries and cultures—is complete in number and beauty." Why must the Bible be read supernaturally? What does Piper mean by this phrase? "What I mean is that the act of reading, in order to be done as God intended, must be done in dependence on God’s supernatural help. The Bible gives two decisive reasons: Satan and sin. That is, we have a blinding enemy outside and a blinding disease inside. Together these two forces make it impossible for human beings to read the Bible, as God intended, without supernatural help. It seems to me that thousands of people approach the Bible with little sense of their own helplessness in reading the way God wants them to." He continues, "Bible reading that only collects facts, or relieves a guilty conscience, or gathers doctrinal arguments, or titillates esthetic literary tastes, or feeds historical curiosities—this kind of Bible reading Satan is perfectly happy to leave alone. He has already won the battle. But reading that hopes to see the supreme worth and beauty of God—reading that aims to be satisfied with all that God is for us in Christ, reading that seeks to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8)—this reading Satan will oppose with all his might. And his might is supernatural. Therefore, any reading that hopes to overcome his blinding power will be a supernatural reading." Ultimately he concludes, "It is a miracle when God’s word is implanted in us, and it is a miracle when in it we taste the sweetness of God’s goodness. From that moment on, all our reading of God’s word is supposed to be an extension of that miracle in daily life—until we “grow up into salvation." If the Bible is to be read supernaturally, what is natural about the process? "God does not see for us. God enables us to see. We do the seeing. And the supernatural act of seeing “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” is by means of the natural act of seeing the story of the gospel written (or spoken) in natural human words." And, "All the human effort and skill that you can muster to construe the meaning of biblical passages will be called for. The glory is seen through the meaning of the text. And the meaning is found by reading and thinking. God is united to the man Jesus. The glory of God is united to the meaning of biblical texts. Therefore, when the miracle of seeing and savoring the glory of God happens, it is in the act of reading and thinking. We read. God reveals. God gives the supernatural miracle. We act the supernatural miracle." In the final chapters of the book, he addresses this question: "How do you go about living the Christian life in such a way that you are actually doing the living, and yet another—the Holy Spirit—is decisively doing the living in and through your living?" His answers are all in acronyms. I said Piper was logical, and, I meant it. I did. But also expect passion and enthusiasm. Piper's love of God, love of the Word, is apparent on every page of this book. Piper DELIGHTS in God and DELIGHTS in teaching others to delight in God too. Here's one of my favorite passages: So we open our Bibles with a sweet sense that even though we don’t deserve it, God will lead us and instruct us. Our very reading is the experience of gospel grace. Christ died for sinners so that the promise would come true: God helps sinners understand the Bible. These blood-bought promises are given to us so that we might believe them. Not just hear them. Believe them. Trust them. Because, remember from Galatians 3:5, God “supplies the Spirit to you . . . by hearing with faith.” We stand before the Bible ready to read. We hear a promise. “I will instruct you and teach you.” We put our faith in it. The Spirit moves in the channel of faith, and we “act the miracle.” We read supernaturally. So it is good to gather some of these precious promises and store them up: The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright. (Prov. 2:6–7) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Prov. 3:5–6) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Ps. 32:8) You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. (Ps. 73:24) Do not be anxious about . . . what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. (Luke 12:11–12) Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31–32) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5–8) And also this one: When we read the Bible, its meaning is not the ideas that come into our head that may be “meaningful” to us. Those ideas may or may not be part of what the author meant. Rather, when we read the Bible we are digging for the gold of what inspired writers wanted to communicate. We are not creating meaning. We are seeking it. A good book is worth reading and occasionally quoting. A great book is worth rereading and quoting liberally. This book is one of the best I've read this year. I will definitely want to reread it!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jesvin Jose

    I love John Piper and his passion for God and His glory! His book "Future grace" was probably one of his best works I read (if not the best) and this one doesn't disappoint as well. In Part 1 of the book, Piper’s main aim is to show that God’s ultimate aim through the Scriptures is to show and display His glory (His beauty and worth) and that as we read the Bible the way it should be read, we will ‘see’ that glory, ‘savor’ it and be ‘transformed’ by it. Our transformation will be so that more pe I love John Piper and his passion for God and His glory! His book "Future grace" was probably one of his best works I read (if not the best) and this one doesn't disappoint as well. In Part 1 of the book, Piper’s main aim is to show that God’s ultimate aim through the Scriptures is to show and display His glory (His beauty and worth) and that as we read the Bible the way it should be read, we will ‘see’ that glory, ‘savor’ it and be ‘transformed’ by it. Our transformation will be so that more people will be drawn into the worshipping family of God, until the bride of Christ is complete in number and beauty. Piper is relentlessly Biblical in proving his thesis, which is why I think this might be the strongest section of the book. In part 2, Piper shows that reading the Bible is a supernatural act and that we can read the Bible and not understand it if we have not been supernaturally awakened by the Holy Spirit (like the Pharisees – Chapter 12). The blinding enemy outside (Satan) and the deep hardness inside (the flesh) keep us from seeing the glory of God in Scripture and so we need supernatural help to open our minds and awaken our hearts. Again, excellent thesis from the Bible. In Part 3, Piper illustrates the practical aspects (or the natural act) of reading the Bible supernaturally. Here Piper challenges our mechanical and passive way of reading the Bible and encourages us to be “aggressively attentive”, asking questions that bring out what the Biblical authors intended to communicate. He illustrates it with the riveting story of Louis Agassiz and the fish, which shows us that painstaking observation can help mine treasures in God’s Word. The other story of the “Boy with a squirrel” makes the same point too. The main message from these chapters for our Bible reading is to “Look, Look, Look” – i.e., be attentive active observers of the text! Piper then sets out to help us see the connections between words, phrases and propositions, along with the method of Bible arcing. I think this book is a treasure and a great reminder for me personally to invest time studying the Scriptures - to see, savor and be transformed by the worth and beauty of God. It surely has re-kindled my love for the Word of God and so, I give this book my highest recommendation!

  13. 5 out of 5

    logankstewart

    This book took about a year for me to finish. Part of the reason is that I tried to limit myself in order to try and understand what Piper was saying, to get his meaning and implications. Coincidentally, Piper spends a good deal of time explaining why this type of reading - aggressively attentive - is how we ought to be reading the Bible. The Bible is how God speaks to us. It is the book for how He reveals Himself to His creation. He could have chosen any number of ways to do this, from not engag This book took about a year for me to finish. Part of the reason is that I tried to limit myself in order to try and understand what Piper was saying, to get his meaning and implications. Coincidentally, Piper spends a good deal of time explaining why this type of reading - aggressively attentive - is how we ought to be reading the Bible. The Bible is how God speaks to us. It is the book for how He reveals Himself to His creation. He could have chosen any number of ways to do this, from not engaging with us at all to talking statues, and yet He chose to communicate by the written Word. For the reader who wants to learn how to read the Bible better, this book is helpful, if a tad long and often repetitive. There are some very practical suggestions (IOUS, ACTS, arcing, etc.) and some truly great bits. Piper is not calling us to some emotional, supernatural experience but is asserting that the ordinary act of reading (well) is key to reading the Bible supernaturally. The most helpful parts of this book dealt with how to read slowly and to spend time with Scripture. Piper cited this amazing article from Harvard art historian Jennifer Roberts (https://harvardmagazine.com/2013/11/t...) and his own encounters with "Agassiz and the Fish" (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/bl...). Recommended for folks who want to know God more through Scripture. It's a deep read; take your time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allison Anderson Armstrong

    Wow, what a book - sometimes I wonder what people out there on the street would think of me if they knew I read a book like this and enjoyed it. We Christians might look so normal and seem the same as our unsaved neighbors, but when you think of the stuff we believe in, it probably seems like pure crazy weird nonsense to outsiders. Anyways, I wouldn't recommend listening to it but buying yourself a copy and reading/studying it - it's very precisely outlined and pedantic - but in a good way. At t Wow, what a book - sometimes I wonder what people out there on the street would think of me if they knew I read a book like this and enjoyed it. We Christians might look so normal and seem the same as our unsaved neighbors, but when you think of the stuff we believe in, it probably seems like pure crazy weird nonsense to outsiders. Anyways, I wouldn't recommend listening to it but buying yourself a copy and reading/studying it - it's very precisely outlined and pedantic - but in a good way. At times I thought his repetition of the overall theme/goal for reading the Bible got a little annoying. He wrote it over and over! He is a true teacher at heart, so this isn't an easy spiritual snack food read, but one you have to use your noggin' for - but it's worth it. Hope to start implementing some of his Bible study methods and see the Good Book in a whole new way this year - here goes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    Very good book. I found that Piper starts from the ground up with this book in his theology of the Bible. So if you’re familiar with him, there may be much that you’ve heard before. In particular I found the way he approached his thesis (backing it up by making a detailed argument for every phrase (and sometimes word)) in the early chapters to be a bit of a slog. However the last few chapters of the book were excellent! There Piper goes into more detail on specific ways to read the Bible thought Very good book. I found that Piper starts from the ground up with this book in his theology of the Bible. So if you’re familiar with him, there may be much that you’ve heard before. In particular I found the way he approached his thesis (backing it up by making a detailed argument for every phrase (and sometimes word)) in the early chapters to be a bit of a slog. However the last few chapters of the book were excellent! There Piper goes into more detail on specific ways to read the Bible thoughtfully, and also how to engage the text emotionally. In addition the appendix will be helpful in introducing readers to Arcing. If you’re familiar with Piper, you may just want to skim the first half of the book and get to the meat at the end. However if you’re not familiar with him, there’s a lot of gems there as well. Highly recommended!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peyton Presgrove

    Excellent book! We spend so much time looking and working passively that we give no true thought or heart to what or why we are doing it. This book reminds us that when we are looking at the word, we are to look! And when we don’t delight in or desire the word we are to look and work! We must be reminded that though our lives are lived fast and so much of it can pass us by we must remember not to read the word in this passive manner. For if we do, we will miss out on the only thing worth living Excellent book! We spend so much time looking and working passively that we give no true thought or heart to what or why we are doing it. This book reminds us that when we are looking at the word, we are to look! And when we don’t delight in or desire the word we are to look and work! We must be reminded that though our lives are lived fast and so much of it can pass us by we must remember not to read the word in this passive manner. For if we do, we will miss out on the only thing worth living and “looking” for.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Russell Threet

    When you decide to read a book by John Piper you had better be prepared. He makes no apologies for diving deep into his subject matter and "Reading the Bible Supernaturally" is no exception. If you have ever wanted to understand more deeply why it is so important for Christians to engage with the Bible then this book is worth the effort. Not only does Piper discuss the importance of reading Scripture he also addresses the miraculousness of people understanding the Bible. We do not think about th When you decide to read a book by John Piper you had better be prepared. He makes no apologies for diving deep into his subject matter and "Reading the Bible Supernaturally" is no exception. If you have ever wanted to understand more deeply why it is so important for Christians to engage with the Bible then this book is worth the effort. Not only does Piper discuss the importance of reading Scripture he also addresses the miraculousness of people understanding the Bible. We do not think about that being a miracle, but Piper brings into full focus the depths of God working even in the simple act of reading the Scriptures. Be prepared to think and then to be filled with thanksgiving as this book unfolds what it means to not look at and read the Bible as just another book, but to instead focus on "Reading the Bible Supernaturally".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Parkison

    This is a really good book, and is extremely relevant for current discussions on Hermeneutics in academic evangelicalism (probably more so than Piper even realizes). It’s a pity that this work probably won’t make its way into those conversations on account of Piper’s intended lay-audience (and of course, all those adverbs and hyphens that are anathema in scholarship); a pity because his argument is sophisticated and powerful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Noel Burke

    This was very good indeed! I was very challenged and convicted about my own scripture reading. It’s not enough to be faithful in reading or hearing the word each day. Are we actively engaging with the text? The author talked about why we should engage the text and how could go about doing it. I plan to follow up on some of the resources provided in the book soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kofi Opoku

    This was quite helpful. I particularly enjoyed the section on bible interpretation. John Piper makes the case that the ordinary act of bible reading should yield the supernatural effect of seeing and savoring the beauty of God.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    A most wonderful book that soon will become a classic, a must read. This is a precious gift from John Piper to the church that will bless many, many generations to come.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    There is no way to rush through this important book. Definitely changed the way I approach the Bible.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Hicks

    I listened to this book, but I need to read it again with my eyes opened.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Good book. I especially enjoyed chapters 20ff where it gets more practical. An interesting read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Richardson

    Good summary on how to read a supernatural book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Vintage Piper on reading the Bible. His writing seems labored and repetitive sometimes. I get why he does it, but sometimes it just seems like overkill. The last third of the book, when it got to practical Bible reading, was the best.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Miller

    I’d highly recommend this book to any Christian. This book forced me to fundamentally re-examine how I study and savor scripture. It isn’t so much of a theological book that analyzes what is in the Bible as much as it is a tool book to unlock what the Bible has to say. The arguments are well reasoned, Biblical, and easy to follow along. I believe that this book will re-ignite passion of studying Scripture for any believer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    What a great book!!! Phenomenal, mind blowing, life changing, amazing, etc etc. This book is maybe my favorite John Piper books I have ever read. This is a must read for all serious students of God's Word! Highest recommendation What a great book!!! Phenomenal, mind blowing, life changing, amazing, etc etc. This book is maybe my favorite John Piper books I have ever read. This is a must read for all serious students of God's Word! Highest recommendation

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Bierig

    well worth the read. If you've read anything much from Piper, then simply skip the first 200 pgs or so and just shortcut your way to what he really wants to say. well worth the read. If you've read anything much from Piper, then simply skip the first 200 pgs or so and just shortcut your way to what he really wants to say.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Bedzyk

    This is an excellent book by Piper all about the act of reading Scripture as the way to see and savor the glory of God. It is the follow-up to his recent work, "A Peculiar Glory," and contains a brief overview of it at the beginning to get readers up to speed. In the first part of the book, Piper meticulously frames, unpacks, and defends his answer to the question, "What is the ultimate goal of reading the Bible?" He shows that the Bible itself tells us that, "our ultimate goal in reading the Bib This is an excellent book by Piper all about the act of reading Scripture as the way to see and savor the glory of God. It is the follow-up to his recent work, "A Peculiar Glory," and contains a brief overview of it at the beginning to get readers up to speed. In the first part of the book, Piper meticulously frames, unpacks, and defends his answer to the question, "What is the ultimate goal of reading the Bible?" He shows that the Bible itself tells us that, "our ultimate goal in reading the Bible is that God’s infinite worth and beauty would be exalted in the everlasting, white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ from every people, language, tribe, and nation." In the second part of the book, he builds a biblical case for why reading Scripture must be done in dependence on God's supernatural help. Returning once again to 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, as well as other passages, he explains how God must remove our spiritual blindness in order to see and savor his glory. In the third and final section, Piper aims to "encourage a deep dependence on God in the fullest use of your natural powers in the supernatural act of reading the Bible." This incredibly practical part of the book is devoted to rudimentary techniques of Bible reading. He takes a step back from highlighting the importance of knowing Greek and Hebrew and reminds the reader to think, be attentive, be active, and to ask questions of the text, throwing in helpful acronyms along the way. I would highly recommend this book to all believers, regardless of one's expertise in studying Scripture. In a day and age where many Christians s look to see and savor God's glory through anything and everything but Scripture (i.e., mystical experiences, new and personal "revelations" from God, etc.), Piper's work successfully shows the importance of reading Scripture in constant dependence on God through humility and prayer. His love for God's Word shines throughout the book and is incredibly infectious. The biblical case he builds in parts 1 and 2 is solid and not based on a few simple proof texts scattered here and there. His discussions of Ephesians 3:3-8 and 2 Cor 3:7-4:6, in particular, stood out and were quite helpful.

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