Best word to describe the emotion I had while reading Mr. Piper’s book entitled The Curious Christian-How discovering wonder enriches every part of life.
From a writing standpoint, the words are compelling and witty. So, for me, it was an easy one to pick up over and over again. 164 pages of thought-provoking, yet simple reading.
Here are the highlights, (for this reader at least).
Chapter 1-Do Grown-Ups Really Need Curiosity?
Humph. Interesting question. I think of the incessant questions asked by a 4-year-old about the world and everything in it. The why, why, and more whys. Then, as adults, most of us grow out of it, especially in an age where our wonderment only lasts as long as it takes to do a google search.
“We draw the line between imagination and information. We grow out of the former to invest in the latter. We decide that the former has value for life while the latter is mere escapism from life.”
I read this and slammed on the breaks. Is this me? Certainly not. I mean, I’m a writer—of fiction, no less. Yet, I saw myself.
What is information without imagination? A dictionary. An encyclopedia. But not a life worth living.
As the author emphasizes in this chapter, imagination shapes information. They work together, not in isolation.
Chapter 2- Curiosity, Creation, and Culture
Piper tackles explaining how curiosity is essential in order to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
1) As indicated in Genesis 1:27, we are made in God’s image.
2) We are unique, tasked with doing and speaking God’s message to other image bearers.
3) We testify in a way that is “on purpose with a purpose.” In other words, with intentionality.
And intentionality is not passive, it is active, in other words, achieved by taking action.
Chapter 3-Where, Oh Where, Have All the Curious People Gone?
We get up anticipating our routine. Many of us work very hard to create a pattern that allows us to stay in a lane of our making, our design. But then, our roads intersect with other journeymen, and what do we do? Many Christians stay in their own lane, instead of taking time and getting to know our fellow travelers. Rewind to Chapter 2. Curiosity looks outside of self and when it does, powerful effects will happen.
From pg. 54
“Individual people will connect with neighbors and coworkers, and those people will see something of Jesus in their lives in how they ask and learn and care.”
And, curiosity, like all gifts, can be used for good or evil. “Curiosity is a force for good, for changing lives, when it is driven and shaped and directed by the pursuit of truth . . .” (pg. 55)
Piper weaves in the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5) as marks of a Christian bent on following Christ. Being curious can help us grow to look more like Jesus in pursuit of our purpose.
Part 2 of the book is entitled, Curious About . . . ?
The 8 chapters of this section discuss how to avoid compartmentalization of the different facets of our lives (Spiritual, work, school, relationship), but instead joining them all together, claiming the two greatest commandments as our guide.
1) Love God with everything you’ve got.
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
But, how do we do that?
I’ll let you read the book to find out.
However, chapter 11 gives some practical points as to HOW to live a curious life.
Go and explore.
5 stars and a big shout out to READ this one. Mark it up like I did. Use it as a practical tool to live our your unique purpose as an image bearer of the Creator.