Christian Book Review | The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper


The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Books, 2004. 127 pages. Reviewed by Thomas C. Wilcox.

 

Going Beyond The Basics!


The Passion of Jesus Christ by Pastor and Author John Piper aims to show 50 reasons why Jesus came and died and rose again. Going beyond the basic (yet crucially important) reasons commonly stated such as to die for our sins and save us or to restore us to a right relationship with God. Piper goes in-depth to take a look at what these actually mean within the human story.


One strength of the book in my opinion was the segmented layout where each chapter (with the exception of only a few) can act as a standalone, this makes it great as a reference or study guide. One weakness in my opinion is the heavy tinting of Piper’s own theology within the book.


I do recommend this book to those who are willing to take in a wider variety of perspectives even if they do not agree with some of them theologically, for the sake of getting a fuller picture of what the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus means, both to them and to the human story as a whole. *Just a quick note, I wrote this review back in 2018 so my comment on the one weakness of the book may or may not be relevant still. I would have to re-read it to find out. Either way, it's a great book and I do highly recommend it. In fact, a free copy of it can be found here from the Desiring God Resources

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