Taste and see…The Lord is good.
Taste and See is a one hundred and twenty-five day devotional by Pastor John Piper, leading the reader to “savor the supremacy of God in all of life.” Throughout the one hundred and twenty-five daily meditations, Piper leads the reader to see God through the ordinary, day-to-day things: whether it is reveling at the great works of God displayed in rain, or rejoicing in godly parents, Taste and See covers a broad range of topics. At the front of the book, there is a table of contents listing the various topics that are discussed throughout the book, making it easy for the reader to find a reading that is applicable to what they’re going through. This is a helpful tool, especially if you want to re-read certain meditations that were especially helpful to you, or that apply to situations that you’re now facing.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is:
“The reason that being saved is the greatest experience in the world is because God is the greatest Person in the world, and being saved means being rescued from sin and damnation so that we can know and enjoy God forever. If God were not the greatest Reality in the universe, being saved to be with Him would not be the greatest experience in the universe” (85).
I love this quote because I think it sums up so much of the book: If we fail to recognize God’s greatness, we will fail to understand the riches of the countless blessings He has heaped on us. We must first realize this in order to understand the magnificence of God in saving us, and the excellent gift His presence is. Once we begin to understand the magnitude of God’s saving work, we can start to savor His goodness.
Taste and See is a powerhouse devotional that engages both the heart and the mind. Many of the articles will lead you to rejoice in the kindness of the Lord, while causing you to think deeply of theological truths. While the daily devotionals throughout Taste and See are short, the content is heavy, causing the reader to spend time to examine their lives in the light of God’s Word. Contrary to many daily devotion books that are in the marketplace, this book is not composed of “filler” content, rather, Piper unpacks deep theological truths in ways that are easy for the reader to comprehend.
In conclusion, I just want to say that I am incredibly grateful for the Lord’s work in Piper’s life. God has used the ministry of John Piper to bring me to seek and savor Him more fully, and I am so thankful for that. The devotions shared here are straight out of the Word of God and provide practical life applications. If you’re looking for a devotional book that will lead you to marvel at the graces of our Savior, you won’t regret purchasing Taste and See. I would strongly recommend this resource to anyone seeking a daily devotional that will lead them to marvel at the riches of God’s mercy.
Piper, John, Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Multnomah, 1999. 390pp. Hardcover, $19.99.
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Thanks to Blogging for Books for the review copy!