The Things of Earth

| February 16, 2015

Joe Rigney. The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 271 pp. $16.99.

I love music and movies. It’s not that I merely partake of them as routine hobbies; it’s that I relish opportunities to listen to music that tunes my affections in a multitude of ways. I get drawn into films where the narrative and character development are so profound that I’m sincerely saddened when it ends. I savor the creativity of the human spirit. Now, this review isn’t a debate into the prudence of watching or not watching certain films or listening or not listening to certain music. But the book under review, Joe Rigney’s The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts, certainly helps individuals learn why we enjoy anything at all.

The Things of Earth is an exercise in applied hedonism; that is, it investigates what the proper enjoyment of creation and culture means for people caught up by the richness of the gospel. The book takes as its animating center the theme that has come to be associated with John Piper: to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the…

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