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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus; Reprint edition (September 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857929527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857929522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those who've enjoyed John Piper's writings will find similar themes in Sam Storms' fine book. Some would say he is more accessible, though he evidently shares Piper's appreciation for Jonathan Edwards and C S Lewis.We need 'How to...' books but we benefit greatly from books that remind us what the 'one thing' is. You may be a fan of 'City Slickers' and be reminded of Billy Crystal's perplexed question to Jack Pallance, 'But what is that one thing?' We need 'How to...' books but we benefit greatly from books that remind us what the 'one thing' is. ~ Terry Virgo (Founder of Newfrontiers and well-known Bible Teacher, London)

"The more I ponder the source and ground of all our lasting joy, the more convinced I become that Sam Storms is right. It's the Beauty of God. In all his gifts we are to see him. Especially in the gospel.... Let Sam Storms guide you biblically and waken your heart to the Treasure of Christ who is the image of the Beauty of God." ~ John Piper (Founder of Desiring God Ministries, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, Author of spiritual classics including Desiring God and Don't Waste Your Life)

"This book will waken your heart to the treasure of Christ who is in the image of the Beauty of God. This is a mind expanding book. He gives content to our fuzzy notion of infinity and helps us the scientific layman to grasp how the immense scale and complexity of our universe declare the glory of God. Thank you Sam Storms, reading your book has changed me. What more can I say? ~ Evangelicals Now

About the Author

Sam Storms is the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the President of Enjoying God Ministries ().

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Taking his cue from Psalm 27:4, which says, "One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple," Sam Storms has written a compelling book that will move you to worship and holiness.

Chapter one, "`A Christian Theory of Everything,'" lays the God-centered foundation for the rest of the book, drawing heavily from the writings of Jonathan Edwards. Echoing John Piper, Storms says, "The benevolent fullness of divine delight overflows in creation so that we might joyfully share, to God's eternal glory, in God's admiration of himself" (23).

The following chapters develop concepts like beauty, grandeur, majesty, and pleasure with insightful exposition of key texts and powerful illustrations from history ("What Handel Saw," chapter four) and nature ("Galactic Grandeur" and "Microscopic Majesty," chapters five and six). Wonder takes on new meaning when you consider the power of God evident in neutron stars, which are quite small, yet so heavy that "one teaspoonful of this matter weighs 3 billion tons . . . the equivalent of stuffing a herd of 50 million elephants in a thimble!" (98).

Chapter seven tells the incredible story from Greek mythology of Ulysses, Jason, and the Sirens, illustrating two ways of fighting sin: bind yourself with external duties, the way Ulysses bound himself to his ship in order to resist the seductive, but suicidal song of the Sirens; or, be satisfied with a sweeter song, as Jason overcame the Sirens through the music of Orpheus. Other stories, about figures such as St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, are sprinkled throughout One Thing, making it a delightful read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Justin Childers on January 19, 2005
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Sam Storms serves us well again with this book! His "Pleasures Evermore" should be the first you read, but then get this book. It is well worth the $10 you will pay to own it. God is breathtaking and Storms takes us to the edge of the cliff to gaze at His beauty. Go ahead and add this to your cart. You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Lewis on October 9, 2006
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Have you tried to get a friend to read John Piper but they just couldn't swallow it? Then give them this book. Storms paint an awe-inspiring picture of the God of the Bible from a Reformed-Charismatic-Evangelical perspective that will simply take your breath away. Not Sam's best book (I've read most of them, now), as that would be "Pleasures Evermore", but still a very good, encouraging, and inspiring read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. McNeely on August 5, 2005
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Here is another write that "gets it." Sam understands that life here is not about us but about God and His glory. This is a concept that is so lacking in todays culture.

He brings you back to the basic. He brings you back to God. He shows you what God has a passion for. Should we not learn and go after the things that God desires?

This was my first book that I have read by Sam. I enjoyed it. Yet to me it is sad that other books get more praise and more reviews on here. If you are looking to add passion to you life...Do it in a way that will last. Add passion not based on the world and the lies of the Devil. Add passion based on the thing that God himself delights in...God!
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More About the Author

Sam has spent 39 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000-2004, and is currently Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He has authored 22 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries. He's a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas (Ph.D.). He and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball, books, movies, and anything to do with the Oklahoma Sooners.

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