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Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good? Kindle Edition
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“Gary Thomas writes for all of us who sometimes feel guilty about the good things God does for us. In Pure Pleasure, he helps us understand that the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10 is a better life than we could ever have imagined. And here is the good news: it is not life after death, but life after birth!” -- Dr. David Jeremiah
“If Gary Thomas writes a book, you need to read it. It’s as simple as that. He has incredible insight into spiritual truths and is able to make those truths graspable for all audiences. In Pure Pleasure Gary reminds us it is OK for Christians to feel good---even have fun! A refreshing message at the right time for contemporary believers. You are going to enjoy this book.” -- Ed Young
“Gary’s book is unlike anything I have ever read. He has stumbled upon a hidden treasure of truth that will no doubt set many Christians free to experience God’s richest blessings. Like Sacred Marriage, Pure Pleasure is a groundbreaking book that I would recommend to any Christian who desires to more fully know the heart of God.” -- Dr. Juli Slattery
“As Gary Thomas so aptly demonstrates, ‘pure pleasure’ is not a biblical oxymoron but rather a key characteristic of the God-honoring, soul-satisfying life. Warning of the dangers of both fleshly indulgence and an equally fleshly asceticism, Thomas guides our pursuit of holy delight by showing us how to embrace it in its fullness and maintain its connection to the pleasures in which God himself delights.” -- Randal Roberts
“This attention-keeping book will challenge, liberate, and inspire the reader to worship God for every way he intended his children to celebrate his gifts of marriage, sex, family, money, time, laughter, joy, and exercise. Gary does a fantastic job of biblically balancing warnings of unhealthy pleasures to practical solutions to retaining the healthy ones.” -- Miles McPherson
“I don't think it is an understatement for me to say I doubt you've ever read anything quite like this. . . . Not only does Gary give us permission to embrace life with all its legitimate joys, he encourages us to embrace them wholeheartedly! Whether it’s a good cup of coffee or a walk in a park or a great mystery novel, the book shows us how the things that delight our souls are designed to enhance our walk with God and bring him glory.” -- Tricia McCary Rhodes
“Pure Pleasure by Gary Thomas will help you to embrace and experience God, fullness of joy in his presence, and eternal pleasures at his right hand. I highly recommend it as essential reading for building a life of true pleasure and joy from a biblical perspective.” -- Siang-Yang Tan, Professor of Psychology --This text refers to the audio_download edition.
About the Author
- File Size : 545 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Zondervan; 1st Edition (October 20, 2009)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0032UPUL4
- Publication Date : October 20, 2009
- Print Length : 257 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #792,218 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You need to read this book now for the long run.
Update: in surveying the books on my shelf that have made a difference, I realize my June 2013 review doesn't do justice to this book or its impact on my life.
I am about motivation. As a momentum person, and someone who has become increasingly demoralized by obligation for obligation's sake, I received Thomas' book into the core of my being. Much like Barton's "Sacred Rhythms", "Pure Pleasure" addresses the way our hearts work. It is not "too good to be true" that we get to experience God's goodness as the foundation of all He asks of us. My flyleaf summary of this book is, "As we are called to suffer, so also we are called to rejoice." Thomas' premise is that God designed joy in our lives to replenish us. We ignore this to our peril.
Characteristic of Thomas' theme is inclusion of this quote from Jean Vanier: "Every child, every person, needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." There is a God who intends us feel His celebration of us through the joys He has given us richly to enjoy. On this Thanksgiving Day 2013, I encourage you to absorb this book's rich themes. Do it for those who count on your whole-hearted generosity if not for yourself.