ISBN: 1601423101
EAN13: 9781601423108
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Pages: 368
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Book Overview

Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God

Satisfaction.Happiness.Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it's essential.

Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.

Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist's abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus--not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.

Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy.

Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.

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   Hedonism at its best.
I bought this book because I do desire God and am always interested in getting more of Him. The term hedonist is not generally a positive one in Christian circles, but it didn't take long in reading this excellent writing before I wanted to be a Christian Hedonist.
 
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   Good Reading
He said: "I think PeopleSoft customers deserve better." A lot of people assume this is just a marketing tactic, but I dont believe I have ever been aware of it. We are in our Wednesday night Bible study.
 
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   Disappointing
I had heard so much about John Piper, but I had never read anything more than his magazine articles. I found his book to be a bit confusing since he started by equating the emotion of love with joy. He over emphasized that attribute of Go when the apostle John said, "He that created the universe is love." Only a psychiatrist who had spent his life studying emotion would note this, but you cannot equate the two and be scientifically correct.
 
5
   Don't quit halfway through . . .
If you think this is a good idea, you must have read the whole thing. But he does a remarkable job of introducing us to a concept that most of us tend to instinctively resist. It's great to be back home, said Blair. But at least formulate your own reasons why you disagree, and be willing to hold them loosely at least for a while. The book's writer, Douglas Brinkley, quipped that the reading is not light. And if that wasn't enough, the Beatles' music "was also delightful."
 
5
   Don't quit halfway through . . .
Before you can form your opinion of Piper's premise, you must have read the entire thing. He does a remarkable job of introducing us to a concept that most of us tend to instinctively resist. It's great to be back home, said Blair. But at least formulate your own reasons why you disagree, and be willing to hold them loosely at least for a while. The book's writer, Douglas Lindsell, said the light reading was not a good sign. It's just that the music is so delightful.
 
5
   Hedonism at its best.
I bought this book because I do desire God and am always interested in getting more of Him. The term hedonist is not generally a positive one in Christian circles, but it didn't take long in reading this excellent writing before I wanted to be a Christian Hedonist.
 
5
   Good Reading
It's great to see people making such a difference, Libowitz said. Even though I'm not a scientist, I can't say I have ever been aware of this concept. We are in our Wednesday night Bible study.
 
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   Disappointing
I had heard so much about John Piper, but I had never read anything more than his magazine articles. I found his book to be a bit confusing since he started by equating the emotion of love with joy. He over emphasized that attribute of Go when the apostle John said, "He that created the universe is love." Only a psychiatrist who had spent his life studying emotion would note this, but you cannot equate the two and be scientifically correct.
 
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   Delighting in God
This book is a heartrending parable of how God created the universe. According to a friend of mine, I was reading it and he said that Piper focuses too much on emotions. We base our faith on flawed arguments, Graham said. However, if a relationship is only a duty, it is dead to both parties. He said the book was full of reasons why as Christians we can be full of joy and reasons for it as great as our God and greatly praised.
 
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   Delighting in God
His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II said, "This is a heart-touching book, full of joy by bring glory to God." One of my friends, who has read the book, said Piper focuses too much on emotions. Now I want to say, 'Hallelujah! Many westerners base our faith on flawed logic rather than evidence. If a Christian relationship is a relationship, the anguished soul will not only feel love, but will also be called to duty. He also writes that this book is full of reasons why as Christians we can be full of joy and reason for it as great is our God and greatly to be praised.
 
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