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One Thing: Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God [Paperback]

By Sam Storms (Author)
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The goal of our creation was not simply that we might be happy, but happy in appreciating God's own gloryQnot in reviewing our own accomplishments or in the enjoyment of our own sensual appetites. This inspiring work helps us see that beauty has the power to convince the inquiring mind of truth.

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The goal of our creation was not simply that we might be happy but happy in appreciating God's own glory. Not in reviewing our own accomplishments or in the enjoyment of our own sensual appetites. Not in the development of a healthy self-esteem or in the acquisition of a four-bedroom home with a three-car garage. We were made to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Nothing is more important than understanding this truth. This inspiring work helps us see that beauty has the power to convince the inquiring mind of truth. The soul's contact with God's beauty elicits love and forges in us a new affection that no earthly power can overcome. Enjoying God in the revelation of his beauty is the solution to our struggle with sin, the catalyst for substantive and lasting change and is the soul's satisfaction, with which no rival pleasure can hope to compete. So what is it about God that when known and seen and experienced empowers the human soul to feel sickened in the presence of sin and satisfied in the divine embrace? That word again: Beauty. Apatheism affects not just those outside the church but those inside the church who can't be bothered with their own religion let alone someone else's.

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Studio: Christian Focus
Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 2010
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
ISBN  1857929527  
ISBN13  9781857929522  

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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

Sam Storms currently resides in Wheaton, in the state of Illinois.

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Not "Pleasures Evermore", but wonderful none-the-less...  Oct 9, 2006
Have you tried to get a friend to read John Piper but they just couldn't swallow it? Then give them this book. Storms paint an awe-inspiring picture of the God of the Bible from a Reformed-Charismatic-Evangelical perspective that will simply take your breath away. Not Sam's best book (I've read most of them, now), as that would be "Pleasures Evermore", but still a very good, encouraging, and inspiring read.
God-obsessed or Self-obsessed?  Feb 21, 2006
After reading three-fourths of the book (I couldn't get through any more) I found myself feeling as if Storms is more interested in himself than anything else. He forces himself on the reader. I began to feel hammered over the head with his very SUBJECTIVE perceptions of life and beauty. After a while he comes off sounding oddly defensive, self-centered, and even pedantic. I love the concept (that's why I picked up the book in the first place) and the Storms includes many wonderful quotations, especially those from C.S. Lewis, but I found the writing nauseating.
Breathtakingly Beautiful  Feb 9, 2006
Taking his cue from Psalm 27:4, which says, "One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple," Sam Storms has written a compelling book that will move you to worship and holiness.

Chapter one, "`A Christian Theory of Everything,'" lays the God-centered foundation for the rest of the book, drawing heavily from the writings of Jonathan Edwards. Echoing John Piper, Storms says, "The benevolent fullness of divine delight overflows in creation so that we might joyfully share, to God's eternal glory, in God's admiration of himself" (23).

The following chapters develop concepts like beauty, grandeur, majesty, and pleasure with insightful exposition of key texts and powerful illustrations from history ("What Handel Saw," chapter four) and nature ("Galactic Grandeur" and "Microscopic Majesty," chapters five and six). Wonder takes on new meaning when you consider the power of God evident in neutron stars, which are quite small, yet so heavy that "one teaspoonful of this matter weighs 3 billion tons . . . the equivalent of stuffing a herd of 50 million elephants in a thimble!" (98).

Chapter seven tells the incredible story from Greek mythology of Ulysses, Jason, and the Sirens, illustrating two ways of fighting sin: bind yourself with external duties, the way Ulysses bound himself to his ship in order to resist the seductive, but suicidal song of the Sirens; or, be satisfied with a sweeter song, as Jason overcame the Sirens through the music of Orpheus. Other stories, about figures such as St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, are sprinkled throughout One Thing, making it a delightful read.

The final chapter, "Joy's Eternal Increase," contains one of the most stunning portraits of heaven that I've ever read - again drawing on Jonathan Edwards, while expounding Revelation 21, verses 4, 8, and 27. Storms stretches language to its limits in his effort to describe for us the reality of eternal joy. In short, One Thing is true to its title: a powerfully focused invitation to develop a passion for the beauty of God.
One Book  Aug 5, 2005
Here is another write that "gets it." Sam understands that life here is not about us but about God and His glory. This is a concept that is so lacking in todays culture.

He brings you back to the basic. He brings you back to God. He shows you what God has a passion for. Should we not learn and go after the things that God desires?

This was my first book that I have read by Sam. I enjoyed it. Yet to me it is sad that other books get more praise and more reviews on here. If you are looking to add passion to you life...Do it in a way that will last. Add passion not based on the world and the lies of the Devil. Add passion based on the thing that God himself delights in...God!
Wonderfully Powerful Book!  Jan 19, 2005
Sam Storms serves us well again with this book! His "Pleasures Evermore" should be the first you read, but then get this book. It is well worth the $10 you will pay to own it. God is breathtaking and Storms takes us to the edge of the cliff to gaze at His beauty. Go ahead and add this to your cart. You won't regret it!

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