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Foundations for Lifelong Learning

Education in Serious Joy


Humans are hardwired to learn. We immerse ourselves in stories, observe the intricacies of the world, and seek educational opportunities. But lifelong learning is far more than acquiring information or completing a degree. It is a happy quest informing the habits of our minds and the affections of our hearts. And for the Christian, the goal is richer and deeper joy, to the glory of God and the eternal good of others.

In Foundations for Lifelong Learning, longtime pastor John Piper portrays Christian education as the process of growing in our ability to navigate God’s word and world. Piper introduces readers to six vital habits — observe accurately, understand clearly, evaluate fairly, feel appropriately, apply wisely, and express compellingly. Ultimately, readers will be encouraged to find Christ in and above all things — seriously and joyfully glorifying God, no matter their vocational calling.


  • In this book we have a first-class mind openly considering how the mind works. But John Piper is also a deeply committed Christian who does his best to explain the right operations of the Christian mind. Preacher, pastor, theologian — John Piper is also an educator. Don’t miss the opportunity here to learn from a master thinker. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Building on the theocentric themes that have characterized his teaching and ministry, John Piper has provided a compelling and thoughtful overview of his philosophy of education. These illuminating observations and principles will be renewing for educators at any level and applicable for upper-level students who want to think carefully about the purpose and ends of the educational process. The beautiful aspect of this book is the focus on lifelong learning. Thus, these cohering principles will provide guidance for all readers, pointing them toward a joyful and God-honoring life. Read, reflect, and share with others. Highly recommended! David Dockery, President, International Alliance for Christian Education
  • John Piper with his usual clarity and acuity casts light on what it means to learn and to be educated as those who live for the glory and praise of God. An invaluable resource for teachers, students, and for Christians everywhere since we are all disciples in the school of Christ. Thomas Schreiner, Professor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary