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Publication Date: 2011
The Dangerous Duty of Delight grounds the philosophy of Christian Hedonism thoroughly in both Scripture and in Christian history. Piper quotes numerous scriptures in the first few chapters to fortify his point. He also references luminaries such as Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, and C. S. Lewis. As a Reformed theologian he also spends an entire chapter on the answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism which says that humanity's chief goal is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever." He goes on to say that enjoying God is not simply an opportunity, but our duty as believers.
Much of the rest of the text of The Dangerous Duty of Delight is a guide on how to implement a life of Christian Hedonism. Piper focuses specifically on money, marriage, worship, and missions. Each of these areas of life, he argues, requires that we focus on the most joyful experience possible if we are to live in obedience to Christ. Although, it must be noted, that often the most pleasurable long-term result means delaying short-term gratification.
I enjoyed reading this text. Having read Desiring God several years ago, this book helpfully reminded me what I had learned. Having been a Christian Hedonist before I read Piper, I felt encouraged by his argument for Christianity as being the most pleasurable way of life for humanity to embrace. For those who are not familiar with Piper or Christian Hedonism, The Dangerous Duty of Delight would be an excellent resource to become more familiar with him. Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Short Book Not Short on ScriptureJanuary 25, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John Piper's The Dangerous Duty of Delight is a condensed version of his classic, Desiring God (1986). Those who know me will not find it surprising that I highly recommend both books (I've read more than 15 of Chancellor Piper's books). The second edition of The Dangerous Duty of Delight was released in 2011 with the following subtitle: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire. I read the original edition (2001) which was released with this subtitle: The Glorified God and The Satisfied Soul. The 2001 edition consists of less than 100 pages that are divided into the following nine chapters:
Chapter 1: Treating Delight As Duty Is Controversial
Chapter 2: Glorify God by Enjoying Him Forever
Chapter 3: Affections Are Not Optional
Chapter 4: Pursuing Pleasure Undermines Pride and Self-Pity
Chapter 5: Pursue Your Joy in the Joy of the Beloved
Chapter 6: What Does It Mean for Worship?
Chapter 7: What Does It Mean for Marriage?
Chapter 8: What Does It Mean for Money?
Chapter 9: What Does It Mean for Missions?
In The Dangerous Duty of Delight, Piper reminds us how all of us have a longing that can't be satisfied from coaching victories, praise from our colleagues, traveling to international locations, or even spending time with our loved ones. Our hearts are restless until we fulfill our duty to delight in the one true Object of human desire - God Almighty. If we fulfill this duty, our attitudes toward church services, our mates, homes, and very purpose in life can radically change.
If you're a Christian looking for a solid book that is easy to understand, check out The Dangerous Duty of Delight. If you're not a Christian but are open to reading a short book not short on Scripture, check out The Dangerous Duty of Delight. Outside of the Bible, no author has blessed me more than John Piper and perhaps he can do the same for you.
Ken5 Stars Out Of 5A book of very well-chosen words!May 26, 2017KenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For me personally, this is one of the books God put in my life years ago at just the right time for life-changing reasons. And I felt it was time I read it again due to some things God's been addressing in my life. It's my favourite book by John Piper. It's very short (only 84 pages), and that's what makes it so compelling. When one of your favourite authors condenses his thoughts on one of his favourite subjects to a mere 84 pages, it's good to take notice! Because you know he wouldn't want to waste a single word when narrowing down what he wants to say on that subject. The result is concentrated goodness, and compelling reading. I'm so glad to have read it again!
JeremyBeavercreek, OHAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Nice, Short ReadJanuary 5, 2012JeremyBeavercreek, OHAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is vintage Piper. It serves as a condensed introduction to his larger work: Desiring God. By-in-large, the book is quite good. As always, Piper teaches through Scripture some very profound Biblical truths. He is not quite clear at a few places in explaining things, and a couple of the chapters are rather short and offer little. Overall, the work is good, and is a nice primer for Desiring God.
bobbyWichita, ksAge: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5June 29, 2011bobbyWichita, ksAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Hard to follow his writings, his sermons are extraordinary though
Dianne Whitten4 Stars Out Of 5January 5, 2010Dianne WhittenGreat reminder of what is important in life and the joy which accompaines the pursuit of happiness in Christ