"Only one life, 'Twill soon be past; Only what's done for Christ will
last." This verse on a plaque above the kitchen sink where Piper grew up made a lasting impression on him. "You get one pass at life," he exhorts. "That's all. Only one."
But what does it mean to live well? "The opposite of wasting your life is living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion," he writes. For Piper, that means living totally for the glory of Christ crucified.
He urges readers to shun illusions of security, turn off the television, make the most of secular work, and practice forgiveness. And he challenges them to embrace God as their highest priority. The book will have most appeal for those in search of significance and direction.