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Desiring God

Desiring God

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The updated edition of a spiritual classic. The pursuit of pleasure is not optional. It is essential. Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. In this paradigm-shattering work, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: delight is our duty. Join him as he stuns you again and again with life-impacting truths you saw in the Bible, but never dared to believe.
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About "Desiring God"

The updated edition of a spiritual classic. The pursuit of pleasure is not optional. It is essential. Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. In this paradigm-shattering work, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: delight is our duty. Join him as he stuns you again and again with life-impacting truths you saw in the Bible, but never dared to believe.
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Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't exist: delight is our duty. He highlights life-impacting truths that feature in the Bible.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Piper

John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).

At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.

Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.

John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."

John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.

John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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Perspective
5 stars By Chris, Nov 05 2016
Desiring God changed the way I view the Christian life. By reevaluating many of my life decisions with the framework of 'does this action bring glory to God?', this book has helped me live a more godly life that reflects the Gospel I know. I have taken to heart the message that we can glorify Him best, if we are satisfied in Him, and this is a book I buy for others to help them in their walk with Christ

It is not a particularly light read, but it is definitely worth your time!
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A new perspective
5 stars By Rory, Aug 03 2016
When I first read this book several years ago it really had a lasting impact on how I related to God. The underlying premise of the book comes from the Westminster Catechism- "What is the chief end of man: to glorify him and enjoy him forever." This is explored and applied to every area of life to show how living a life that glorifies God is actually the way we get the most joy and satisfaction. Do yourself a favour and read this book, it is a classic.
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A whole new focus
5 stars By Cecilia , Dec 09 2014
This is one of my favourite books by a much-loved author.  

It really helped me to desire and come to love God more during a dry time in my life where I felt I was serving God more out of obligation rather than love for Him.  Through this book, God has helped me to understand better what it means to glorify Him and to really savour my relationship with Him.  

I think any Christian should read this - but I think it would be especially helpful for those who want to reach a better understanding of what it means to glorify God and walk with Him each day.  
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I should of read this ages ago
5 stars By Michael H, Apr 28 2014
The idea of glorifying God and enjoying God at the same time can be difficult for us to understand and accept.  Quite often we grab on to one of these ideas and pursue it while leaving the other behind.  In Desiring God, Piper challenges all Christians to understand that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.  Through ten chapters, Piper sets out the principles of "Christian Hedonism", which is Piper's term for a Christian who pursues joy in their relationship with God.  Throughout this book, I was continually challenged by this idea of pursuing joy and I still find myself having a knee-jerk reaction against it.  However, Piper's careful exposition of various passages from the bible constantly rebut my arguments.  This book is certainly worth more than one read and I have found the last two chapters as confronting on the second read as they were in the first.  The balance and strong biblical focus in this book makes it a very valuable read for Christians of all theological backgrounds.
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The Truth shall set you free
5 stars By Julz, Feb 04 2014
In this book, Piper describes what Christian Hedonism means. He expounds his famous quote "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him". He encourages us to pursue our joy in God, not in His blessings, not in what He can do for us, but in Him. Chapter by chapter, He shows how we can live out Christian Hedonism in our day to day lives, through the Word of God, Worship, how we use our money, etc. To me, the truth really sets me free as I do not need to forsake my desire to be happy, because God puts that desire in my hearts. What I need to do instead is not seek happiness from this world, which is temporal happiness, but to find happiness in God. If you are tired with the temporal happiness that this world provides and wondering where and how you can get full and lasting happiness, then this book is for you.
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  • Catalogue Code 214884
  • Product Code 1844740447
  • EAN 9781844740444
  • Pages 394
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Uk
  • Publication Date Jul 2004
  • Sales Rank #30637
  • Dimensions 215 x 140 x 29 mm