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Overview An expanded guide to finding greater enjoyment in worship argues that people do not have to choose between their responsibilities and their happiness, inviting readers to participate in more joyful expressions of faith. Original.
Publishers Description Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty. Readers will embark on a dramatically different and joyful experience of their faith
The pursuit of pleasure is not optional. It is essential.
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering work, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn’t truly exist: Delight is our duty. Join him as he unveils stunning, life-impacting truths you saw in the Bible but never dared to believe.
John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of The Dangerous Duty of Delight, Desiring God, Future Grace, A Godward Life, and The Pleasures of God. He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
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John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.
John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.
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Read, Repent, Rejoice! Sep 8, 2008
Desiring God (Audio-book Review)
Audio-books are an excellent gift, as they can be listened to and enjoyed many times and places reading cannot. I bought this as a wedding gift for a dear friend and his new bride. To be honest I don't read as much as I should, but I am always listening. The narrator is supurb and strangely delightful to hear.
John Piper is without a doubt one of the most influential authors and speakers in the Evangelical Church today, and a man to whom I owe a great debt of thanks. When I read a book for the first time, especially theological works, I try to keep my guard up against letting a book "get to me" or affect me in any real meaningful way without time to ponder and pray before discussion and review. Desiring God broke down all my defenses and had me on my knees before I knew what hit me! It took all my will to finish it completely I was so eager to read it again. This book has restored true joy and fulfillment in my life and relationship with my Lord and Savior. Piper sees clearly that the majority of Christians today are "too content" with their relationship to God and that their real longing and desires (where their "joy" is found) are misplaced in the lusts of the world. Piper's book, Desiring God, has brought a new light to my understanding of who our Triune God really is, the source and overflowing fountain of true desire and joy He has in Himself. To desire what God desires is to find true happiness in this life and the next eternal (and THAT is not evil). Read it at least twice.
Book tells wives to be submissive to husbands and to avoid a "cocky" attitude Sep 5, 2008
Piper's book was shallow, repetitive, and not useful. He also has a painfully bad writing style that was tiring to wade through. He advocates disturbing things like wives always being submissive to their husbands. He warns wives not to be "cocky" in their behavior to their husbands. Repellent, ugly stuff.
So good Aug 19, 2008
Such a great book. My only complain is that it can get a little repetitive. The last few chapters are EXCELLENT! I hope that you can at least read the last few chapters, if not the whole book. Worth the money. Very moving and very biblical. A way at looking at things your might now expect, but you will wonder why the thought had never crossed your mind before, haha.
Understanding God More Aug 8, 2008
If your looking to understand your relationship with God you have to read this book.
Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart and All Your Soul May 19, 2008
~Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist~ is the book that started it all. Christian minister John Piper offers a profoundly controversial teaching of 'Christian Hedonism' popular in some evangelical circles, particularly amongst Reformed Protestants. The teaching of Christian Hedonism was first advanced in this book.
What might you ask is a 'Christian Hedonist'? 'Christian Hedonism' at its core sounds contradictory. Piper has stated that such a provocative appellation is "appropriate for a philosophy that has a life changing effect on its adherents." Piper notes: "Christian Hedonism is a liberating and devastating doctrine. It teaches that the value of God shines more brightly in the soul that finds deepest satisfaction in him. Therefore it is liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy. And it is devastating because it reveals that no one desires God with the passion he demands. Paradoxically, many people experience both of these truths. That certainly is my own experience (p. 13)."
Piper underscored the message of his works with a theme that the Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards was adamant about: "God is most satisfied in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." Piper elucidates, "This is the essence of what it means to love God -- to be satisfied in him. In him! Loving God may include obeying all his commands; it may include believing all his Word; it may include thanking him for all his gifts; but the essence of loving God is enjoying all he is" (p. 24).
For the philosophically minded, it is worthy of notation that this book was born out of a subliminal opposition to philosopher Immanuel Kant's deontology. Kant suggested: "An action is moral only if one has no desire to perform it, but performs it out of a sense of duty and derives no benefit from it of any sort." Piper is adamant that Scriptures contradict this assertion. Actions can indeed be moral when a Christian pursues them for spiritual gain. It's a heartfelt expression of faith to covet spiritual treasures in Heaven, and seek them as a humble servant. And through faith, walking in the footsteps of God, men can and should strive for spiritual treasures, and Crowns of Righteousness in light of the promises of God. How can we accrue eternal rewards? By obeying God, being ambassadors for Christ, striving to labor for His kingdom, taking pleasure in that work, and being diligent in our appointed station in life as servants of God. In doing so, we are laying hold of 'Future Grace,' which is a subject of another Piper book that later capstoned his 'Desiring God' trilogy.