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Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
|Title: Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist|
By: John Piper
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW423108
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Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, its essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals 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 satisfied in 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 hedonists abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesusnot only as our Lord and 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, and for your deepest joy.
Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.
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, Dont 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.
I have a special affection for Desiring God. I discovered it a year after my freshman philosophy class at Trinity College (Now Trinity International University). In my freshman philosophy class, I had to write a special research paper on one issue in philosophy. I wrote it on Christianity as Hedonism. When I read Piper's book, I discovered I was not alone in my viewpoint. I felt encouraged by Piper's argument for Christianity as being the most pleasurable way of life for humanity to embrace.
Desiring God is both theologically grounded and uncompromisingly practical. The first few chapters lay out the authors journey toward Christian Hedonism, a rationale for Christian Hedonism in general, and how God is motivated by his own happiness and joy. After laying the foundation for his argument, Piper begins to lay out a case for living a life of joy and fulfillment in several areas of Christian discipleship.
Desiring God is well-researched. Throughout the text, Piper quotes Scripture extensively. He also quotes a number of theologians and Christian leaders throughout history. Included in his theological sources are Augustine, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, and C. S. Lewis. Also included is a reference to the first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
The revisions of the book are entirely appropriate. Piper added a new chapter on suffering. He updated some of the text based upon cultural changes. The back of the book has an extensive index of verses referenced, as well as another index. It also includes a study guide for groups or individuals. The updates not only make the text more fun to read, they make the book easier to study in small groups and church congregations. Even with an older copy of this book, I feel thankful for the opportunity to have this new, updated copy. Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com