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The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God Paperback – June 26, 2000
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Praise for The Pleasures of God
“The Pleasures of God is perhaps the most important book that John Piper has written. It is certainly the freshest and most penetrating. Many preachers and writers are calling Christians today to be more Godcentered. The irony is that even the call to be God-centered focuses attention on us, on what we must do. Certainly the Bible spends no small part of its pages telling us what we must do, but it does so out of profound God-centeredness. And here is a book that does not tell us what we must do to be God-centered; it simply is God-centered. Intoxicating.”
—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“There are quite a few books every Christian should read. And there are some that need to be read a second time to really digest them. But then there are a select few that should be read and reread and reread…perhaps every year. John Piper’s The Pleasures of God belongs on that ‘to be reread every year’ list.”
—Randy Newman, campus minister and author of Questioning Evangelism
“John Piper takes ten of God’s expressed ‘delights’ and searches their significance and implications with rare zeal. What a privilege to have someone think through these biblical realities so lovingly and seek out our biblical reactions so keenly. If all Christian books were offerings on an Australian barbecue, this would be one of the juiciest steaks around—hot, healthy, and wonderful.”
—Simon Manchester, senior minister, St. Thomas Church, North Sydney, Australia
“In Desiring God, John Piper introduced us to the idea that the pursuit of God’s glory and the pursuit of our joy are not at odds, for the pursuit of God’s glory is our joy. In The Pleasures of God, Piper helps us to see that God’s glory is revealed in great part in what makes Him happy. The Pleasures of God is an invitation to meditate on what makes God
happy. If what makes God happy reveals His glory, and if we become like Him as we behold His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), then meditating on the pleasures of God will be a means for increased joy in God and gradual conformity into His likeness. If that is your desire, then take up this new edition and read it over and over again.”
—Juan R. Sanches Jr., preaching pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
“This book is breathtaking in both its scope and its focus and constitutes a joyful yet prophetic call to adore and worship God—whose infinite worth and excellence is revealed in what he loves and delights in. It is at once beautiful and moving, serious, stretching, and profound. The Pleasures of God surely ranks with J. I. Packer’s Knowing God as one of the most profoundly moving and world-view forming Christian books of modern times.”
—Reverend Richard M. Cunningham, CEO of Intervarsity UK
“Few books are genuinely life-changing. The Pleasures of God by John Piper is clearly one of them. I’ve often said to people, ‘If I were on a desert island and could have only three books, in addition to the Bible, I’d choose Desiring God and The Pleasures of God by John Piper.’”
—Sam Storms, president, Enjoying God Ministries, Kansas City, Missouri
“Books have profound potential—particularly the one you hold in your hand. John Piper is saturated with God, and his passion fills the pages of this book.”
—C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries
“Run, don’t walk, to buy this remarkable work.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes
“I encourage you to read [The Pleasures of God] twice; once to see the portrait as a whole, a second time to savor the sheer delight of loving a God so magnificent, so excellent, so holy.”
—Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church
“In our fallen world, staring at the sun blinds us. But, by God’s grace, contemplating God gives us spiritual sight. Of all of Pastor John’s books, this is the most radical. Get this vision of God, and begin to see.”
—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
"Again John Piper has provided a rich feast for the serious believer." ~ John MacArthur (Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California) Of all of Pastor John's books, this is the most radical. Get this vision of God, and begin to see. ~ Mark Dever (Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President, 9Marks.org, Washington, DC) Run, don't walk, to buy this remarkable work. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada (Activist for the disabled and author of Joni, the award-winning Tell Me the Promises and Tell Me the Truth, and other classics) Books have profound potential - particularly the one you hold in your hand. ~ C J Mahaney (Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky) If I were on a desert island and could have only three books, in addition to the Bible, I'd choose Desiring God and The Pleasures of God by John Piper. ~ Sam Storms (Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Here is a book that does not tell us what we must do to be God-centered; it simply is God-centered. Intoxicating. ~ D. A. Carson (Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois) --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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As I continue to unhurriedly savor my way on the path to higher ground, I am pleased to follow in the path Piper blazes toward the unapproachable Light whom no man has seen, nor can see at any time.
I recently read what Dr. Mardy Grothe wrote, ". In the lives of countless people over the centuries, a life-altering book can be as influential as a lifetime of instruction from family members, clergy, and teachers.
It happened several times with Ralph Waldo Emerson... In 1840, he sent a copy of Augustine's book [confessions of St. Augustine] to a friend along with this revealing note:
"It happens to us once or twice in a lifetime
to be drunk with some book which probably has
some extraordinary relative power to intoxicate us...
and having exhausted that cup of enchantment
we go groping in libraries all our years afterwards
in the hope of being in Paradise again."
You will draw nearer to Paradise reading "The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God" by John Piper, it seems to me.
Piper writes the way I feel on my best days. I once thought the guy was a veritable Superman of the faith till I heard an interview of him talking to Mark Dever of 9 Marks Ministries. Piper commented that his most popular work, Desiring God, was so entitled because it was so often how he felt, he desired God because he didn't feel he had enough of Him. His writings are his deepest longings. They are ours as well, weather we know it or not.
Piper oozes passion, but it's a focused passion. He's got only one thing in mind that has overtaken all his writing and preaching, it's the essence of his life and its summed up in his paraphrase of something Jonathan Edwards once said, that being `God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him'. The glory of God for God is his passion; his deepest desire is for us to have the same.
This book, possibly his best yet, deals with those things that God has most pleasure in. Be forewarned, this book is not for lightweights. I felt myself humbled and broken reading Piper's insights on the heart of God. The book didn't rock my concept of God, but each time I picked it up I couldn't put it down, I was captivated. Piper has a way of clearing some of the clouds of mystery that often surround our understanding of God, and in this book he does it in grand style.
The first six chapters have little to do with us, and much to do with Him and Him alone. Piper deals with weighty issues, such as election and God's sovereignty, in grand style. If you aren't a Calvinist beware, this book could totally shake your foundations (i.e. make you biblical (tongue in cheek). In these chapters Gods glory is on display as the great "I AM", everything there is.
The last four chapters deal with Gods pleasure in us. After reading the first chapters, these last ones break your heart and build you up knowing your utter depravity and the greatness of God overcoming it.
Get this book, read it and then read it again. It includes a great question section at the back for small group study or personal reflection.
Favorite quotes: "The original, the primal, the deepest, the foundational joy of God is the joy he has in his own perfections as he sees them reflected in the glory of his Son."
"Gods first love is rooted in the value of his holy name, not the value of sinful people. And because it is, there is hope for the sinful people-since they are not the ground of their salvation, God's name is."
"God does not take pleasure merely in being known and loved in an abstract way disconnected from his work in creation and redemptive history, God created the world and has worked in history not so that creation and history would be ignored. Christ did not become man so that the story of his life and work recorded in a book would be disregarded in favor of a mystical bypass to God. This would not honor the Christ of history."
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