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Desiring God: Meditations Of A Christian Hedonist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Christ is where our deeply rooted joy is!!

    John Piper is extremely gifted at discerning Gods word. He shows biblically that we are to seek our joy/happiness in our life, in Him..and that this is not seperate from our #1 reason God created us--To glorify Him!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    Lose your life for God

    A professor gave me this book while I was in seminary. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I was amazed when I did. Piper's writing is clear and easy to follow. But, in those words, Piper challenges you to lose yor life for God. His insights into marriage were dramatic. His chapter on money was the best I've ever read. And I won't even get into the chapter on suffering. The book is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Living a Joyless Christian Life?

    This book revolutionized the way I approach God and seek to serve Him. The author clearly and thoroughly related how we can find true joy in every aspect of our walk with the Lord. I especially enjoyed the chapter on worship, because it helped me become more passionate in my expressions of worship to God.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    love and duty are not separable, great book.

    I love books like this, as well as Dr. Jerry Bridges' The Practice of Godliness, because it is the kind of book where it isn't just focused on one specific subject; although those kinds of books can be helpful too like Randy Alcorn's The Goodness of God.) The beauty of Desiring God is it talks about various topics, but it doesn't spread itself too far out and those topics are linked to a complimentary theme of: Christian Hedonism. Without a doubt, this is an essential book for a Christian's library.

    Desiring God tells Christians in its introduction "The Chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever". He says he changed 'and' for the word 'by', because the Bible says God wants us to be pleased while serving him and the two qualities are not supposed to be separable. After all, a wife would prefer a husband to love her while doing what a husband is supposed to do over "I bought you these flowers because it is my duty" or simply say "I love you" but never do anything else lol. Piper adds that the idea of Christian Hedonism is not something he made up as there have been others like Jonathan Edwards who have also promoted similar ideals.

    Throughout Desiring God Dr. Piper talks about various subjects like happiness, worship, missions, love, money, suffering, etc. This is the kind of book where if you like to read you'll love it, but you might think it's a bit long if you're either a newly converted Christian or if reading isn't one of your strongest qualities; I like reading so I loved it. My Bible Study Group and I found this to be very beneficial in group discussion and through gaining inspirational wisdom. I highly recommend this book!

    It's important to note this is the 1996 edition, which is the 10 year anniversary copy. The original 1986 edition does not have the suffering chapter. There is a new 25 year anniversary edition out there as of 2011. From what I could tell from skimming, the 1996 and the 2011 editions are very similar so either edition you read it'll convey the same basic message Dr. Piper wanted you to read.

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    Posted October 22, 2009

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