Risk Is Right

Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It

by John Piper

A choice lies before you: Either waste your life or live with risk. Either sit on the sidelines or get in the game. After all, life was no cakewalk for Jesus, and he didn’t promise it would be any easier for his followers. We shouldn’t be surprised by resistance and persecution. Yet most of us play it safe. We pursue comfort. We spend ourselves to get more stuff. And we prefer to be entertained.

We are all tempted by the idea of security, the possibility of a cozy Christianity with no hell at the end. But what kind of life is that really? It’s a far cry from adventurous and abundant, from truly rich and really full, and it’s certainly not the heights and the depths Jesus calls us to.

Discover in these pages a foundation for fearlessness. Hear God’s promise to go with you into the unknown. And let Risk Is Right help you see the joys of a faith-filled and seriously rewarding life of Jesus-dependent abandon!

First Edition 2013
Crossway (Wheaton, Illinois)

Risk Is Right is a significantly expanded version of previously published chapter in the book Don't Waste Your Life

“I pray that God will use this book to raise up an army of pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and church members who are fearless in the face of risk.”
—David Platt, author of Radical and Radical Together

“This book is absolute dynamite. While probably Piper’s smallest work, I would argue it's content is the most critical. I plead with all my heart that you buy it, read it and with God's help, live it out.”
—Jonathan Carswell, Managing Director of 10ofThose