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Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God Paperback – March 15, 2000
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Just a glimpse... The key to your holiness is pursuing pleasure in God. When your heart is satisfied in God's all-sufficient love and grace, you will not be lured by the fleeting pleasures of sin. "But I thought we were supposed to live for the glory of God?" Yes, Exactly right. As John Piper says, "God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him."
I highly recommend this book you. Read it slowly. Let the implications to your life sink in. You'll be forever changed. Much of the church is stuck in a man-centered effort trying to please God. Don't try harder, ENJOY MORE!
All three adhere to the teaching of Hedonism......taking pleasure in knowing God.
I thought Sam Storms "hit the nail on the head" in his book. It opened many doors for me. I never thought to "enjoy" God. The entire book of Scriptures focus on Glorifying God. We would never eat a piece of chocolate cake oozing with fudge icing with a solemn face. We would enjoy it!! Then we would TELL how we enjoyed it. We were made to "enjoy."
Sam Storms shows us how focusing on God and seeking His company will keep us from erring in all kinds of situations. I would recommend this book.
Sam Storms gets it, and he tells you where that path can be found.
This book will get you out of a works mentality. You will discover that the way to a holy and joyful walk before the Lord is NOT by a bunch of "do's" and "don't" but by falling in love with Jesus. This book will help you fall in love with Jesus.
While this book is very similar in many ways to John Piper's "Desiring God" it is in my opinion MUCH better! That is my personal opinion, but every time I pick up Piper's "Desiring God" though rich in many truths I find myself having to push myself through it. While this book has some (many) of the same themes. I think it is much more readable and in my opinion much clearer. If you struggled like me through "Desiring God". This is the book for you. If you loved "Desiring God" then you will still love this book. It's a keeper in my library.
Enjoy, and may God transform your life as you read this book.
Some in our church have a difficult time reading the writings of John Piper. Although Piper is worth every ounce of effort, the casual reader may appreciate reading this book by Sam Storms more. If you find yourself getting lost in the writing style of Piper then Storms will be a breath of fresh air. The key statement in Pleasures Evermore is its first: The key to holiness is falling in love. The first five chapters build the theological foundation for the practicality of the latter chapters. In this book Storms covers such weighty things as "God's Passion for God" as well as its everyday implications on things like "Sex and Integrity".
What I Liked:
Every page. The back cover gets it right when it calls this book, "compelling and readable". I think I went through a couple of pens highlighting this book. In fact I am going to try to order a copy with everything underlined, to save me time from highlighting as I read and re-read this excellent work.
I get John Piper and I love John Piper. Some in my church do not; I think he can get "too technical for them". They can get lost in some of the weighty things that Piper says about the glory of God. Not so with Sam Storms. If its possible I think Storms does a better job of describing Christian Hedonism to the everyday believer than, dare I say, Piper himself. I love the fact that I could hand this book to a farmer with an eight-grade education and he could "get it". Yet, I could also hand this book to a life-long pastor and he would not be bored but instead would be struck by the awesomeness of God.
Should You Buy It?
Absolutely. This book is probably in my Top 10, there are few books that are as deep, transforming, and readable as this one. So, don't question it just buy this book.