Sipping Saltwater

Sipping Saltwater

How to find lasting satisfaction in a world of thirst

A unique take on understanding idolatry and how it affects Christians, particularly in our contemporary culture of numerous hidden idols.

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A unique take on explaining idolatry and how it affects Christians, particularly in our contemporary culture of numerous hidden idols.

The uniqueness of this book comes in the metaphor of sipping saltwater. Even as Christians, we 'sip' on idols, such as money, family, our careers, homes and lifestyles. They promise us a certain level of satisfaction, but fail to quench our thirst, leaving us thirstier than we were before drinking them. In the end we are left with a devastating hangover—the consequences of sin. Ultimately, we must spit them out and drink Christ's living water, the only drink that will ever truly satisfy us.

How we start in the Christian life, is how we must go on—making Jesus the center of our lives and giving our worship to him. This book enables readers to identify their own source of saltwater, and how to quench their thirst by drinking Jesus’ living water.

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  • Part 1: Idolatory Redefined
  • 1. Our nagging thirst
  • 2. Our drink of choice
  • 3. The saltwater cycle
  • Part 2: Idolatory Destroyed
  • 4. Living water
  • 5. Drinking fountains
  • 6. Quenched
  • Part 3: Idolatory In Your Life
  • 7. God - Garbage - Gift
  • 8. Money
  • 9. Sex
  • 10. Control
  • 11. Comfort
  • 12. Busyness
  • 13. People
  • 14. Food
  • 15. Works


Author Steve Hoppe
ISBN 9781784981822
Format Paperback
First published 2017
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8"
Language US English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

In Sipping Saltwater, Steve grabs your attention from the very first sentence. He sheds unique insight into idolatry through vivid imagery and solid biblical instruction. He powerfully points you to the only One who can and will quench your thirst. I will be sharing this book with those I counsel—both professing Christians and those who profess no faith at all.

Timothy Lane

President of the Institute for Pastoral Care and Executive Director at CCEF

Surrounded by saltwater inside the gut of a fish, the prophet Jonah said that when we cling to worthless idols, we forfeit the grace that could be ours. Sipping Saltwater is a thoughtful, helpful field guide on the idols Jonah grieved, and to which we, too, are all susceptible. Through the telling of story, biblical insight, and a strong underpinning of grace, Steve provides an excellent field guide to help us forfeit these idols and cling instead to the grace that is ours in Jesus. I highly recommend this book.

Scott Sauls

Senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Befriend and From Weakness to Strength

Sipping Saltwater is an invitation to find lasting satisfaction for our deepest longings. Steve offers biblical and relevant ways to think differently about work, sex, money, comfort, control, and much more. Compelling, practical, and transparent, I could not put this book down!

Peter Greer

President and CEO, HOPE International and coauthor of Mission Drift

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