It’s easy to slip through life without taking any risks — without making your life count. But life ought not be wasted. You don’t need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but you do have to know the few, great, unchanging, and glorious things that matter and be willing to live and to die for them.

John Piper’s plea to a generation is, “Don’t waste your life!” This book is a passionate call to make your life count for eternity. He acknowledges that there are risks for those who seek to make a lasting difference by faith, yet he believes that they are risks worth taking for the cause of the gospel.

“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full. This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life. Some of you will die in the service of Christ. That will not be a tragedy. Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy.”

Translations: Chinese-Traditional, Czech, German, Russian

First Edition 2003; Updated Edition 2009, Crossway Books (Wheaton, Illinois)

Endorsements

  • Piper’s thundering message and clarion call pierce the layers of nonsense that clutter our hearts and lives, mesmerizing and distracting us all from what matters most. Don’t Waste Your Life is a passionate and magnetic plea, drawing a generation back from the brink of irrelevant living, propelling them toward lives filled with the wonder of God. Louie Giglio, Passion