Hoping for Happiness: Turning Life’s Most Elusive Feeling into Lasting Reality
Everyone wants to be happy, and we all pursue happiness in different ways. Some people are thrill-seekers; others are homebodies. Some people are loners; others love big families or communities. Some people express things creatively; others consume what is created. Some sing; others listen to music. Whatever we find happiness in, we are united by our desire for work that matters and relationships that fulfill.
As Christians, we often fall into the trap of basing our hopes on earthly things, even when we know they only make us happy for a short time. But how are we to experience happiness in this life? How do we avoid expecting too much of earthly things and being disappointed, or expecting too little and becoming cynics?
In this book, recovering cynic Barnabas Piper helps us to throw off both the unrealistic expectations that end in disappointment and the guilty sense that Christians are not meant to have fun. He shows how having a clear view of the reality of the fall and the promise of redemption frees us to live a life that’s grounded, hopeful, and genuinely happy.
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The Pastor’s Kid: What It’s Like and How to Help
Releasing June 2020
In this revised, refreshed version of Barnabas Piper’s best-known book, the author candidly shares his own experiences as son of pastor and bestselling author John Piper, offering a challenge to our churches and to the families at their very heart: how to care for pastors’ kids and allow them to find their own faith and identity.
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Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith – Group Study
All of us have questions about faith, but we often feel awkward or uncomfortable asking them. We assume doubt is always a bad thing. But instead of making Himself smaller and easily understood, God invites us into a larger faith—one that has room for questions, victories, failures, and mystery. This Bible study will help you see that belief in an infinite God by finite humans is an act of exploration. It’s a process of learning all we can understand and trusting God in all we can’t. (6 sessions)
- Leader Kit with videos (12-15 minutes of teaching apiece) and session previews as well as a copy of the paperback edition of Help My Unbelief
- Six small-group sessions with discussion questions and guides for the leader
- Personal study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth to be used throughout the weeks between small group gtherings
- Digital options, including eBooks and group-use video bundles or individual teaching videos for rent or purchase
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Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith
Barnabas Piper unpacks what faith really means. He shows how embracing doubts and questions can help us to get to know God, and encourages us to risk trusting God in our everyday lives, even when we don’t understand everything about him.
This book will encourage Christians seeking to ask questions in a godly way and will give them confidence to trust God, even when some questions remain.
Includes testimonies from John Piper and Afshin Ziafat.
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The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life
Not so fast. Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we should lose our wonder at the world, or the people around us. When we do, we lose so much because curious is how God made us to be.
Without curiosity a Christian’s life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesn’t know how to interact with the world around him—politics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life.
Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends?
It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity.
What Kind of curious person are you? Take your Curiosity Evaluation today.