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.
Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds--hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
Randy Alcorn (MA, Multnomah University) is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author of over fifty books. His books have sold over nine million copies and been translated into nearly seventy languages. Alcorn resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and five grandsons.
G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. In recent years he has served as president and member of the executive committee of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books and articles on biblical studies.
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics--According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master's College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.
David Powlison (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He is also the senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling and the author of Seeing with New Eyes, The Biblical Counseling Movement, and Speaking Truth in Love.
Thomas R. Schreiner (MDiv and ThM, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.
Jon Bloom (BA, Bethel University) is the cofounder and president of desiringGod.org, where he contributes regularly. He is also the author of several books. Bloom and his wife, Pam, live in Minneapolis with their five children.
Sinclair B. Ferguson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.
Scott J. Hafemann is currently the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also taught for nine years at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles.
James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.
David Mathis serves as the executive editor at desiringGod.org, a pastor at Cities Church, and an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. His articles regularly appear at desiringGod.org/mathis. David and his wife, Megan, have three children.
William D. Mounce (PhD, Aberdeen University) is president of BiblicalTraining.org. He is a noted Greek scholar, author of the best-selling textbook Basics of Biblical Greek, and served as the New Testament Chair of the ESV translation team.
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.
TOM STELLER, Pastor for Leadership Development, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dean, Bethlehem College and Seminary
Mark Talbot (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor of philosophy at Wheaton College. He specializes in philosophical psychology and philosophical theology and has written numerous articles and reviews.
Sam Storms currently resides in Wheaton, in the state of Illinois.
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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.