The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God - eBook  -     By: John Piper
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Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781601422910
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Publisher's Description

THE SOURCE OF TRUE SATISFACTION.
 
Isn’t it true--we really don’t know someone until we understand what makes that person happy?  And so it is with God!
 
What does bring delight to the happiest Being in the universe?  John Piper writes, that it’s only when we know what makes God glad that we’ll know the greatness of His glory.  Therefore, we must comprehend "the pleasures of God."
 
Unlike so much of what is written today, this is not a book about us. It is about the One we were made for—God Himself. In this theological masterpiece—chosen by World Magazine as one of the 20th Century’s top 100 books, John Piper reveals the biblical evidence to help us see and savor what the pleasures of God show us about Him.  Then we will be able to drink deeply--and satisfyingly-- from the only well that offers living water. 
 
What followers of Jesus need now, more than anything else, is to know and love—behold and embrace—the great, glorious, sovereign, happy God of the Bible.
 
"This is a unique and precious book that everybody should read more than once."
J.I. PACKER
Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
 
Includes a study guide for individual and small-group use.

Author Bio

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 Future Grace. John and his wife, Noel, have five children and an increasing number of grandchildren.
 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Pleasures of God

"The Pleasures of God is perhaps the most important book that John Piper has written. It is certainly the freshest and most penetrating. Many preachers and writers are calling Christians today to be more Godcentered. The irony is that even the call to be God-centered focuses attention on us, on what we must do. Certainly the Bible spends no small part of its pages telling us what we must do, but it does so out of profound God-centeredness. And here is a book that does not tell us what we must do to be God-centered; it simply is God-centered. Intoxicating."
—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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There are quite a few books every Christian should read. And there are some that need to be read a second time to really digest them. But then there are a select few that should be read and reread and reread…perhaps every year. John Piper’s The Pleasures of God belongs on that ’to be reread every year’ list."
—Randy Newman, campus minister and author of Questioning Evangelism

"John Piper takes ten of God’s expressed ’delights’ and searches their significance and implications with rare zeal. What a privilege to have someone think through these biblical realities so lovingly and seek out our biblical reactions so keenly. If all Christian books were offerings on an Australian barbecue, this would be one of the juiciest steaks around—hot, healthy, and wonderful."
—Simon Manchester, senior minister, St. Thomas Church, North Sydney, Australia

"In Desiring God, John Piper introduced us to the idea that the pursuit of God’s glory and the pursuit of our joy are not at odds, for the pursuit of God’s glory is our joy. In The Pleasures of God, Piper helps us to see that God’s glory is revealed in great part in what makes Him happy. The Pleasures of God is an invitation to meditate on what makes God
happy. If what makes God happy reveals His glory, and if we become like Him as we behold His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), then meditating on the pleasures of God will be a means for increased joy in God and gradual conformity into His likeness. If that is your desire, then take up this new edition and read it over and over again."
—Juan R. Sanches Jr., preaching pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

"This book is breathtaking in both its scope and its focus and constitutes a joyful yet prophetic call to adore and worship God—whose infinite worth and excellence is revealed in what he loves and delights in. It is at once beautiful and moving, serious, stretching, and profound. The Pleasures of God surely ranks with J. I. Packer’s Knowing God as one of the most profoundly moving and world-view forming Christian books of modern times."
—Reverend Richard M. Cunningham, CEO of Intervarsity UK

"Few books are genuinely life-changing. The Pleasures of God by John Piper is clearly one of them. I’ve often said to people, ’If I were on a desert island and could have only three books, in addition to the Bible, I’d choose Desiring God and The Pleasures of God by John Piper.’"
—Sam Storms, president, Enjoying God Ministries, Kansas City, Missouri

"Books have profound potential—particularly the one you hold in your hand. John Piper is saturated with God, and his passion fills the pages of this book."
—C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

"Run, don’t walk, to buy this remarkable work."
—Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes

"I encourage you to read [The Pleasures of God] twice; once to see the portrait as a whole, a second time to savor the sheer delight of loving a God so magnificent, so excellent, so holy."
—Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

"In our fallen world, staring at the sun blinds us. But, by God’s grace, contemplating God gives us spiritual sight. Of all of Pastor John’s books, this is the most radical. Get this vision of God, and begin to see."
—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

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  1. Alaska
    Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is amazing!
    July 9, 2012
    Alaskamom
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    This book is really amazing. It points out and states well, our desires and how we can live a more full life in Christ.

    "The benefits of knowing God more fully and deeply in this way are many. This is what our minds and hearts are made for - to know and love God." (page XVII - yes this is in the preface!) My understanding of this book's purpose is to guide believers to better understand what gives God pleasure, so we can better know Him.

    There are so many truths and ideas "put out there" in this book, you really need to read it for yourself {with a notebook and pen/pencil in hand}. I wonder how much of my comprehension is based on personal experiences. This is not a quick read, but you will not regret your time spent reading.
  2. Alabama
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    Centered On God
    May 29, 2012
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
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    This review was written for The Pleasures Of God.
    So this was my first time reading anything by John Piper. I knew I'd love his writings because I've read countless quotes by him, but I did not know how this book would be perfect for my life right now. Don't you just love God's timing?! ;)

    At the beginning of the book several people (including John himself) suggest you read the book one time slowly and then read it again to really grasp what you just read. Well, I'm still in the process of reading this book slowly!! It's soo good, but filled with tons of deep material and it's difficult to grasp if you're reading it like a bat out of the other world. Haha!

    I've heard it said many times in my life that it's "not about me", but until this year, I still believed that it did. As I've been going through the hurt of knowing it's not about me (hello! we're selfish from BIRTH!) this book came along and it just helped drive it home! Piper talks about how we are created by God FOR God (Colossians 1:15-16) and then he begins talking about God's delight in being God. It's truly mind blowing and all the Scripture that he brings with it... it's like I've read these verses so many times in my life and just now realized it's truth.

    I love how Piper has tons of Scripture all through this book! That's how I know this is a man after God's own heart.

    I don't care who you are or how long you've been a Christian, this is a book you're gonna want to read. If you're looking to go deeper, this will be a tool God uses. If you're just looking for a little refreshment (we all need that, don't we!), this is the book to read! The very core of our beings are to be centered on God and living to please Him and bring delight to Him! This book is wonderful to help you truly realize that. God bless!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 5, 2009
    David
    This review was written for The Pleasures Of God.
    We are working through this book at our Saturday mornings mens group. Piper is a thinker and causes you to consider things you never thought about. He truly gets you to think about the excellency and glory of God in a way that I never had. This book gives you the meat of the word and not some lite snack.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 21, 2006
    Benjamin Wall
    This review was written for The Pleasures Of God.
    I have read through Piper's volume on God's delight in being God three times now and everytime I do I find more and more to chew on. It is a masterful volume completely centered on God. If you have not read it, do so! It will change the way you think about and love God!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 14, 2005
    Kevin Bryan Hash
    This review was written for The Pleasures Of God.
    Great Book! I wouldn't say it is easy to understand or that you could fly through it. I found that each paragraph deserved careful reflection and therefore should be read more than once. It's devotional and theological.It's my favorite book of Piper's.
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