Sunday, June 26, 2011

Desiring God by John Piper, Revised Edition

Desiring God, Revised Edition, by John Piper is a wonderful book which explores the deep question of what does it mean to to glorify God and enjoy Him forever? In a society that lives for material pleasure and duty filled religion, John Piper turns many Christians beliefs on end and says that the pursuit of God should be pleasure filled. He shows that duty and delight are not two irreconcilable pursuits in the Christian walk, but that for Christians, the delight is the duty. Throughout the book John Piper discusses how finding maximum joy in God glorifies Him the most. Piper then takes this paradigm shattering view of God, joy, and pleasure, and he then discusses their implications in areas of life such as love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.

I found this book to be very thought provoking, and it drew me to the Scriptures and to really think deeply about very serious theological issues. I was extremely convicted by Piper's reasoning and thoughts about finding pleasure and joy in God. After reading this book, I feel closer in my relationship with God and more joyful in that relationship. This revised edition of Desiring God also has a study guide in the back for individual and group studies. I found the questions and exercises to be very helpful in delving deeper into each chapter as I read the book and the Bible.
I would highly recommend book to anyone who wants to enjoy God and grow closer to Him.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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