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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
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
Elaine5 Stars Out Of 5October 16, 2003ElaineThis little book is the most powerful and inspiring book I have read in a long time. Piper plants a huge, wonderful hunger to run after God and His delightful ways.