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Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist [Kindle Edition]

John Piper
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Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God!

Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s 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 hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not 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.




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"Mind hammering and heart warming." – Os Guiness

"A must read for every Christian and a feast for the spiritually hungry." – John MacArthur


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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"Mind hammering and heart warming." – Os Guiness

"A must read for every Christian and a feast for the spiritually hungry." – John MacArthur

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Desiring God" September 4, 2012
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This is a paradigm altering book. I don't say that about many books. But I'm going to start this review by saying exactly that: this book will change your view of the Christian life and faith. It certainly has mine. Now, I know this sounds rather cheesy-alarming, even. I, too, tend to stay away from descriptions like "revolutionary" and "life changing" because they sound rather gimmicky. But I hope you understand, then, the height of the regard in which I hold this book.

What does one do with verses such as "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Ps. 34:8a) and "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice" (Phil. 4:4)? Surely, having been commanded these things, we ought to do them. But what do these commands really mean? What is it to "rejoice" in the Lord, to take joy and pleasure in Him? These are the kinds of questions John Piper tackles in this book. And if, as Piper claims, "[t]he chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever" (18), then every Christian ought also to know the answer to these questions. To understand these answers is to glorify God on a whole new level, and to live the Christian life in a different-satisfying-manner.

In his introduction to the book, Piper talks about how he became a Christian hedonist, giving readers the same verses and convictions that led him to his current beliefs. In the first chapter, he sets forth the principle that "[t]he chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy Himself forever" (31). He shows that "God is absolutely sovereign over the world, that He can therefore do anything He pleases, and that He is therefore not a frustrated God, but a deeply happy God, rejoicing in all His works (Psalm 104:31) when He considers them in relation to redemptive history" (41).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Over the years this 25 year old classic has changed my life (not that I had a copy 25 years ago!)and has put my relationship with Jesus Christ on fire!! Become a fan of John Piper over the years and God is definately using this man to bring us closer to our Lord and Savior. This hardback re-release has extra chapter in it and new introduction...all in all still an awesome book!! This hardback version will last me longer than my old paperback edition. Don't get me wrong here, I am NOT putting this book above the TRUE Word of God that is ONLY found in Scripture, but I believe God uses preachers and teachers to help us get MORE out of His Word through great books like this.
Another amazing thing is Amazon. These guys are AWESOME!!! I ordered this book on the 17th of January and got sent out on the 18th (the release date). It was delivered the next day! It came to Texas from Kentucky fast without extra charge. Now that is service!! Think I will not mess with marketplace sellers that are slow any longer and deal with Amazon directly...GREAT job guys! VERY happy customer here!! And the price is great, too!
Desiring God, 25th Anniversary Reference Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPULSORY ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONAL MUST READ!!!! May 7, 2012
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This is a must read!
The excitement with which Piper introduces this concept (an old truth) dressed in a very unlikely fresh concept... has life-change in store for readers at the very least!!!

Piper got me in love with God again!
Piper also convinced me from the Word of God that I may desire compassionately....but that I should not settle for anything less than God Himself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Thousands of books are published every year but among those thousands very few will be a remembered after a year of their publishing, and even fewer still will be remembered twenty or thirty years after its first publishing. Desiring God by Dr. John Piper is a book that has been held in high regard by many Christians for a very long time. I first read Desiring God when I was a teenager and read it again several years later. After many years of reading Desiring God I was excited when last year the Revised Edition of Desiring God came out.

Desiring God has been a paradigm shifting book. By that I mean that it has made a deep impact on how I live out the Christian life. Piper in this book teaches that there is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. Desiring God teaches that for followers of Jesus, delight is the duty, because Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Piper time and time again draws his readers backs to the Scripture by showing why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. By going into the implications this has on conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions and suffering he convincingly demonstrates the integrated nature of what a Christian life looks like when Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

Desiring God will turn your Christian life upside-down by giving you a vision of the glory of God and the beauty of Jesus Chris. I recommend you read Desiring God but be prepared to be confronted and challenged with the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!!! I highly recommend!
Published 15 days ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I must read for every Christian and everyone who has been turned off by legalistic Christianity!
Published 1 month ago by Sara Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marriage of God's Glory and Our Joy
You might ask me, "Beside the Holy Bible, if you were stranded on deserted island and could have only 1 book, what book would you take with you? Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Noe
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome insight
I loved this book. It is very deep and thought provoking. John Piper is truly a man of God and was able to challenge me in my spiritual walk.
Published 1 month ago by Satisfied
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't catch my attention.
Not really easy reading. Started to read and now on my book shelf. I like John Piper so I may continue it later.
Published 1 month ago by Maryann Brodeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Soli Deo Gloria
I had heard a lot about the book. Several people I know have spoken highly of the book. It gives a fresh perspective on scriptures (reformed theology). Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Trawick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you are looking for answers as I was, to not live legalistically and actually delight in The Lord and understand his immensity and power that can make you the happiest you have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy Mellott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great book about what the Christian life is really all about. The premise is the author's take on the answer to the first of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: "What... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars What is being a Christian hedonist all about?
If joy is not your purpose for life, you're doing it all wrong. Let Piper explain--he does it much better than I ever could!
Published 4 months ago by peg o' my heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Renewing, Includes Small Group/ Bible Study Section!
I can't say more than the others have said, and words alone can't describe the revolutionary and revitalizing impact of this brilliant scriptural book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C W
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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