Item description for Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God by Sam Storms, Jerry White & C. Samuel Storms...
Overview In this compelling and highly readable book, Sam Storms presents a fresh and liberating perspective on why a relationship with God is not only possible but irresistibly pleasurable. This Christian Hedonism seems contradictory, but Storms explains that a life devoted to God should also be a life devoted to the pleasure of reveling in Him and all He has done. Pleasures Evermore offers real solutions for hard-to-change areas of life and challenges the assumption that holiness comes through following a list of rules. Perfect for the person of any denomination who's struggling to find lasting joy in the seeming drudgery of daily obedience.
Publishers Description You know how to enjoy friends and family, good food, and good times, but do you enjoy being a Christian? Author Sam Storms presents a fresh and liberating perspective on why a relationship with God is not only possible but also irresistibly pleasurable. Once you discover that God delights in your company, your desire for Him will only be satisfied by drawing closer to His unquenchable love through a life of passionate service.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2000
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576831884 ISBN13 9781576831885
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More About Sam Storms, Jerry White & C. Samuel Storms
Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is currently the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and blogs regularly at SamStorms.com.
Sam Storms currently resides in Wheaton, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God?
God probably takes pleasure in Pleasures Evermore Oct 10, 2008
Some in our church have a difficult time reading the writings of John Piper. Although Piper is worth every ounce of effort, the casual reader may appreciate reading this book by Sam Storms more. If you find yourself getting lost in the writing style of Piper then Storms will be a breath of fresh air. The key statement in Pleasures Evermore is its first: The key to holiness is falling in love. The first five chapters build the theological foundation for the practicality of the latter chapters. In this book Storms covers such weighty things as "God's Passion for God" as well as its everyday implications on things like "Sex and Integrity".
What I Liked:
Every page. The back cover gets it right when it calls this book, "compelling and readable". I think I went through a couple of pens highlighting this book. In fact I am going to try to order a copy with everything underlined, to save me time from highlighting as I read and re-read this excellent work.
I get John Piper and I love John Piper. Some in my church do not; I think he can get "too technical for them". They can get lost in some of the weighty things that Piper says about the glory of God. Not so with Sam Storms. If its possible I think Storms does a better job of describing Christian Hedonism to the everyday believer than, dare I say, Piper himself. I love the fact that I could hand this book to a farmer with an eight-grade education and he could "get it". Yet, I could also hand this book to a life-long pastor and he would not be bored but instead would be struck by the awesomeness of God.
Should You Buy It?
Absolutely. This book is probably in my Top 10, there are few books that are as deep, transforming, and readable as this one. So, don't question it just buy this book.
Brad's review Jun 12, 2007
If you're a John Piper fan---I think you'll love & enjoy this book. this one isn't quite as "technical" as reading Piper. It's all about seeking pleasure & enjoyment in Christ. GREAT read.
An excellent sequel to John Piper's desiring God... Oct 9, 2006
If you like John Piper's "Desiring God" as I do (I've re-read it at least once a year since '99 when I first stumbled upon it), this is it's perfect sequel. Storms passionately paints a Biblical picture of how a passion for God is central to sanctification and holiness. This is an excellent read, and I often suggest Storms to those who can't get into Piper, as he's a bit less academic, yet paints the same HUGE God-soaked picture of the universe. I love the God Sam writes of here, and I look forward to his future books.
Life-changing!! May 30, 2003
I have read this book several times as I've led others through it. I've seen lives deeply impacted by the radical approach to pleasing God that Sam Storms presents in Pleasures Evermore.
Just a glimpse... The key to your holiness is pursuing pleasure in God. When your heart is satisfied in God's all-sufficient love and grace, you will not be lured by the fleeting pleasures of sin. "But I thought we were supposed to live for the glory of God?" Yes, Exactly right. As John Piper says, "God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him."
I highly recommend this book you. Read it slowly. Let the implications to your life sink in. You'll be forever changed. Much of the church is stuck in a man-centered effort trying to please God. Don't try harder, ENJOY MORE!
OUTSTANDING Nov 27, 2001
Sam Storms has a vibrant relationship with the Lord & it radiates through every page in this book. He is a disciple of John Piper who wrote THE book on the subject (Desiring God) and Sam Storms explains in a slightly different voice the joys of knowing and enjoying Almighty God. This book will deepen your desire for God.