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Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonistby John Piper
Synopses & Reviews
EXPERIENCE THE LIFELONG PLEASURES OF KNOWING GOD.
Satisfaction...Happiness...Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not onlypermissible, it's essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piperreveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfiedin Him.
Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist's abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus--not only as our Lordand Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.
Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, andfor your deepest joy.
Includes study guide for individual and small group use.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Each of us has a restlessness, an inconsolable longing within. Some try to satisfy it with scenic vacations, creative accomplishments, huge cinematic productions, sexual exploits, sports extravaganzas, hallucinogenic drugs, ascetic rigors, managerial excellence, and more. Yet our longing remains. Why? John Piper turns your heart toward the one true Object of human desire - God. He shows how fulfilling your duty to delight in Him can change your attitude toward worship, toward marriage, toward material goods, toward your very mission and purpose on earth! Join him on a journey from desperate desire to infinite delight!
About the Author
John Piper is pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has written over forty books, including Desiring God, A Godward Life, Don’t Waste Your Life, and The Pleasures of God. John and his wife, Noel, have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Learn more about his ministry at DesiringGod.org.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How I became a Christian hedonist — The happiness of God : foundation for Christian hedonism — Conversion : the creation of a Christian hedonist — Worship : the feast of Christian hedonism — Love : the labor of Christian hedonism — Scripture : kindling for Christian hedonism — Prayer : the power of Christian hedonism — Money : the currency of Christian hedonism — Marriage : a matrix for Christian hedonism — Missions : the battle cry of Christian hedonism — Suffering : the sacrifice of Christian hedonism — Epilogue: Why I have written this book: seven reasons.
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