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  1. Desiring God, 25th Anniversary Reference Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
    Desiring God, 25th Anniversary Reference Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
    John Piper
    Multnomah Books / 2010 / Hardcover
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  1. Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rightly considered a classic
    April 3, 2012
    Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thousands of books are published every year but among those thousands very few will be a remembered after a year of their publishing, and even fewer still will be remembered twenty or thirty years after its first publishing. Desiring God by Dr. John Piper is a book that has been held in high regard by many Christians for a very long time. I first read Desiring God when I was a teenager and read it again several years later. After many years of reading Desiring God I was excited when last year the Revised Edition of Desiring God came out.

    Desiring God has been a paradigm shifting book. By that I mean that it has made a deep impact on how I live out the Christian life. Piper in this book teaches that there is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. Desiring God teaches that for followers of Jesus, delight is the duty, because Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Piper time and time again draws his readers backs to the Scripture by showing why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. By going into the implications this has on conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions and suffering he convincingly demonstrates the integrated nature of what a Christian life looks like when Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

    Desiring God will turn your Christian life upside-down by giving you a vision of the glory of God and the beauty of Jesus Chris. I recommend you read Desiring God but be prepared to be confronted and challenged with the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    Title: Desiring God

    Author: John Piper

    Publisher: Multnomah Books(2011)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Multnomah Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Perplexing and unsustainable
    February 20, 2012
    John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    John Piper presents a most perplexing theology in his book "Desiring God - Meditations of a Christian Hedonist." The book actually contained very little about desiring God, but it did speak a great deal about desires. The entire contention of the book is that all men desire to be happy, and this desire must come from God. So, the ultimate happiness that man may find is in God Himself. God, on the other hand, has created all things to glorify Himself, and He gets the greatest glory when we are happy in Him. That sounds great on the surface. But other statements just struck me as odd. Among them, that no one does a good deed for any other reason than that it will make them happy. (He actually said this, "...the pursuit of pleasure is an essential motive for every good deed." - at location 1933-1934 in the Kindle edition). Does that include a soldier diving on a grenade to save his fellow warriors? How much pleasure was expected in that good deed?

    The first issue I had with the book is that the first couple of chapters are really an explanation of Piper's form of Calvinism. Apart from my own disagreements with this view of theology, the chapters were not really necessary. (Actually, nearly ALL of the chapters were too long. Much of the content was not related to the theme or title of the book).

    Although the main theme of the book (that man should find his ultimate happiness in God) is fine with me, I was amazed at the way Piper harshly condemned the performance of the Christian disciplines out of the sense of duty. He contends that it leads to legalism (even though telling Christians to pursue their own pleasures can lead to other things, as well). However, he goes on to recommend doing the "duty" anyway, in the case of a Christian who has no joy! (location 5267, Kindle edition) Basically, Piper is caught in a balancing act that is not sustainable.

    For one thing, he kept reiterating that we are commanded to delight in the Lord! ("...the pursuit of pleasure is not just tolerable; it is mandatory..." - location 1871-1872, Kindle edition) But this is highly destructive to his own argument. After all, if it is mandatory, then we have a "duty" to pursue pleasure.....but Piper says that it should not be out of a sense of duty... Um...so why the command to do it? If true worship is made void when performed out of duty, why does God keep telling us (and Piper keep reminding us) that we are commanded to seek happiness in worship?

    Also, he said at location 2131: "Joy in ministry is a duty." This is astounding in light of his demeaning statements against worship and service out of a sense of "duty"! So, JOY in ministry is a duty, but the ministry itself is not? He condemns the thought of Christian duty, yet says we have a duty to be joyful....

    There are other problems I had with the book, not just the Calvinism and the holes in the arguments. But it is not necessary to state them all here. In short, this book was disappointing. I should have realized that I wouldn't like it after reading his chapter on "Christian hedonism" in his book "Brothers, We are Not Professionals" (which is a great book; I highly recommend it for ministry leaders). In "Desiring God," he overstated his Calvinism and understated the serious Biblical and theological problems with his view.

    I received this e-book free from the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Ian7
    Phx, Az
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life Changing
    December 29, 2011
    Ian7
    Phx, Az
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would have to say that the idea of Christian Hedonism is something that takes time to reflect on and is challenging to our everyday culture, but through this I believe it creates a stringer walk with our Father. I found this book to be encouraging to my walk and in return encouraging to others around me.

    For new followers, this may be a little heavy but I would still recommend it. Piper is not an easy read and it takes time to grasp his writing style, at least for me.
  4. pkerry319
    Waukee, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Hedonsim-is that an Oxymoron?
    November 4, 2011
    pkerry319
    Waukee, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    If you are looking for a book that reads like a legal brief then this book is for you. I found this to be a bit of a difficult read with its many reference to abstract theological concepts and the quoting of very old sources that require some redefinition of terms to make sense in a modern context.

    The premise of the book is that the highest goal of mankind is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. This pursuit is labeled as Christian Hedonism. I have to admit that this terminology is a little uncomfortable for me, which perhaps is the author's purpose for using it. That is to make the reader a bit uncomfortable so as to pursue the insights in the book.

    I would highly recommend this book for one reason. Chapter 7 is the clearest presentation of the power and value of simplicity that I have ever read. It is a clear denunciation of the materialism that permeates Western cultures and the Western Church as well. The rest of the book thought provoking and challenging, but difficult for me to stay interested in.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  5. Christin
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Classic for Good Reason
    August 18, 2011
    Christin
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading the Revised Edition of John Piper's Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, I see why this book has become a classic in the twenty-five years since it was first published. From what I have experienced and seen in my own life and in the American Church, joy is a seriously under-developed fruit of the Spirit. In this book, Mr. Piper biblically demonstrates that we were meant to seek our personal joy and happiness...in Christ! Because, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him."

    "This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome," 1John 5:3. There seems to be a prevalent idea that obeying God should be burdensome. That doing what is right should be hard. But this is not biblical. If we truly love God, keeping His commands will not be a burden, but rather, a joy! When God created mankind, He made us in such a way as to not be satisfied by anything but Himself. "In Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures." God's commands are given to us as instructions for attaining ultimate happiness, contentment and joy! And when we obey and find our satisfaction in Christ, He is glorified. Everything that we used to consider gain is loss in comparison with the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus!

    The Revised Edition of Desiring God includes a study guide for group or individual study and an additional chapter on the topic of Christian suffering that, in my opinion, the book would be incomplete without.

    I would very highly recommend Desiring God to any Christian! This is one that I plan to re-read in the near future because it is so saturated with truth that it requires more than one read to absorb it all.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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