Money, Sex and Power: Living in the Light

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Author: John Piper

Money, sex, and power.  The world tends to worship them.  Christians are often suspicious of them.  And yet God made us to enjoy them.

Discover how to keep these three dangerous opportunities in the orbits that they were designed for, experiencing them in a way that satisfies you, serves the world, and glorifies God.

This fresh, refreshing book will wake you up to the blazing glory of Christ, and inspire you to make him the gravitational center of your life.

And when that happens, everything changes.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Definitions and Foundations
  • 2. The Pleasure-Destroying Dangers of Sex
  • 3. The Wealth-Destroying Dangers of Money
  • 4. The Self-Destroying Dangers of Power
  • 5. Deliverance: The Return of the Sun to the Center
  • 6. Deployment: The New Orbits for Money, Sex, and Power
  • Conclusion


About the author:

John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.


This new book is timely and deserves careful consideration by every Christian. It is a theologically rich, biblically faithful exploration of potential stumbling blocks to enjoying God: sex, money, and power. In these pages you will discover not only the spiritual danger of setting your hope in the things of this world but how, as Christians, we can understand sex, money, and power in ways that display God’s glory.  ~R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Living in the Light offers a vibrant, refreshing, and enriching paradigm-shift. John Piper explores three gifts of God that are simultaneously precious and precarious. With penetrating clarity, he demonstrates the connection between money, sex and power, and shows how we can put them in their proper places by recognizing Christ as their center of gravity.  ~Randy Alcorn, Author of Money, Possessions and Eternity and Happiness
Piper here exposes us to the power of the Word. He helps open our ears to sober and solemn warnings. He also helps us embrace encouragements that shine with the promises of God. This book is about money, sex, and power. It is of course ultimately and wonderfully about the supremely satisfying and shining glory of God in Christ.  ~Kathleen Nielson, Director of Women's Initiative, The Gospel Coalition
If you do not daily wrestle with temptations in the areas of money, sex, or power, it is only because you have surrendered to these temptations. Every Christian must confront our common pull to make idols in these areas. In this book, John Piper equips us to fight temptation by firing up our affections for the glory of God in Jesus Christ. He wisely shows us not only what to avoid, but how to rightly enjoy money, sex, and power as part of a life conformed to Christ through the gospel. I expect to give this book to many friends and fellow combatants in this spiritual war.  ~Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
This is a brilliant book. John radically re-thinks the dangers of money, sex and power and explains why our culture is enslaved to them—but he also shows that God had good purposes in mind when creating these gifts and they become more satisfying in themselves when we realize that He is more desirable than all of them.  ~Carrie Sandom, Associate Minister for Women at St John's Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK; Director of Women's Ministry at The Proclamation Trust, London