Book Review: Desiring God – John Piper

John Piper delivers a fresh perspective on the joy that is readily available for us in God. Describing our pursuit of God as “Christian Hedonism,” Piper wishes to unveil the fact that our pursuit and desiring of God is the pinnacle of our lives, and that God is more than sufficient in all areas of life — even the ones we’ve been keeping Him out of.

John Piper outlines the “heroes” of this book [and those he draws continual encouragement and reference from] as Jesus [for what should likely be obvious reasons, and was ultimately our example to follow], the apostle Paul [who was “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”], Jonathan Edwards [who savored the sweet sovereignty of God], C.S. Lewis [who noticed that our desires for God were not too strong, but too weak], and for all the missionaries who’ve left everything they had to pursue a life devoted to Christ and proclaiming God’s name.

With Piper’s intellectual prose and continually drawing us back to scripture, this read is incredibly solidified in Truth and delivers context and perspective in areas like conversion, worship, love, scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions,& suffering.

Some tools I was extremely encouraged by within the book lie within the appendices — Piper provides us with a list of why he wrote this book, a group study guide, and index of every scripture referred to throughout the book, a person index, a subject index, and much more.

This will be a book I will constantly refer back to, and that will not sit on the bookshelf long until picking up to read yet another time — for this book shall hardly ever be exhausted this side of eternity.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.


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