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Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

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Strengthen your relationship with God simply by enjoying him and his creation. Piper compellingly reveals why your deepest and most enduring happiness can only be found in God. Laying biblical foundations for a life of celebration, he describes how to glorify the Lord by truly desiring and enjoying him. Includes a discussion guide. 320 pages
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Multnomah (first published 1986)
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Natalie Vellacott
Jun 23, 2015 Natalie Vellacott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
"We will go far beyond mere happiness in our Christian life, but our true purpose on this earth is obedience and sanctification, not personal gratification." Contrast this statement from Charles Colson's Lies That Go Unchallenged in Popular Culture with Piper's statement that "The pursuit of pleasure is not optional. It is essential."

I reject the concept of Christian hedonism which is most likely the reason why I didn't get very far with this book. It represents popular culture's obsession with
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Stephie
Aug 29, 2007 Stephie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: theology
I love this book. The primary message is this: not only is it our chief end as humans to desire God and enjoy Him forever, but is it God's chief end to glorify himself and enjoy himself forever.

This book has been instrumental for me in understanding God's justice & mercy and how they play out perfectly together for his glory...even when it's hard to see or understand.

I strongly recommend this book as a foundational read for anyone who struggles with questions like: "why is the universe the
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Sagely
Apr 27, 2013 Sagely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
John Piper exerts tremendous influence over the hearts, minds, careers, and relationships of some of my dearest friends. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, in particular, stands as a turning point in many of their stories of following Jesus.

I haven't been a fan of Piper. There was a point in the mid-2000s when I didn't mind hearing one of his sermons now and again, but his fierce rhetoric on gender relations and his assumed ability to name who's in and out of God's family and God
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Ebookwormy1
I read this book. I enjoyed it. It challenged me. But, i came away feeling like i was missing something on what all the fuss was about... i felt like i failed to get it somehow...
David Steele
Desiring God is a book devoted to helping readers find their happiness in God. The theme is that "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him." Dr. Piper carefully builds his case for this concept and calls it Christian hedonism. The issue for the Christian is one of desire. Will one feast on the pleasures of sin or will he run to the streams that God offers and drink from his delights.

Christian hedonism is really a philosophy of life that is driven by five convictions. 1) The lo
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Adam Nelson
Apr 09, 2011 Adam Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one got to me, and I sort of expected it to. I had high expectations, actually, because Piper has developed a strong reputation as sort of a C.S. Lewis in a post-modern society. That's not to say HE'S post-modern--far from it--I'm just using that term to indicate how relevant he is. And there could not be a more accurate title for this book. It really is about what it means and sometimes what it TAKES to desire God. While this is a discussion of Christian Hedonism--a term I think Piper can ...more
Douglas Wilson
Feb 22, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great.
Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is key to understanding John Piper and his perspective on life, God, and anything else. I read the ten-year anniversary edition, which was well done, especially with the new chapter about suffering and the overly cute but effective poem that illustrates Christian Hedonism with Piper's thoughts about his wife on their anniversary.

Desiring God boils down to what is kind of a life motto for Piper: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Piper also gets a great deal
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Alexis Neal
Sep 15, 2011 Alexis Neal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like Piper's overall point, but I'm not sure this book needed to be quite so long. Granted, I was already in agreement with Piper (after all, as Joey Tribbiani once said, there is no such thing as a truly selfless act--the only reason people do anything is, on some level, because they see it as somehow being in their own self interest) and thus was not a tough sell, but it still seems like Piper could have made his point in fewer than 300 pages (plus another 150 pages of appendices).

Still, I a
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Jaison Abraham
May 04, 2015 Jaison Abraham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this book, I had become a Christian, but I was still working through this terrible thinking I had that the Christian life was supposed to be boring because what's right is always less fun than what's wrong. This is the first place I encountered the thought that the Christian life was about joy, the greatest joy that a person could have. That's a transformational thought, and for anyone who needs to hear it, this book is for you. It is dense and long, but I would say it is worth th ...more
Tim
Jun 18, 2010 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Piper certainly makes me want to read John Owen again to get at a real Puritan sermon. This is a faux Puritan sermon - argumentative without charity, superficial in its use of Scripture and other quotations, and restless in its attempt to be comprehensive, while missing real depth of Scriptural insight. Owen trusted the Word had power, and did not rely on silly, oxymoronic, and attention getting home-made phrases like Christian Hedonism. Owen and Jonathan Edwards understood that the affe ...more
Coyle
Jan 13, 2015 Coyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On re-reading, this book is better than I remembered. My usual thought about Piper books is that they're ~100 pages longer than they need to be, and that he's a vastly better speaker than he is writer. I still maintain that last point, but I'm not sure I still think this book is too long. Of course, I also didn't read the Appendices, so there's that...

Overall, this is an excellent book and one that the modern church needs to keep going back to. I suspect that if Piper were to rewrite it today, h
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Chris Comis
This is one of the most gnostic treatments of so-called Christian Hedonism that I have ever read. Throughout the book you will be hard pressed to find much of anything on enjoying God through the physical pleasures He has given us to enjoy. Nothing on enjoying good beer. Good food. Good sex in marriage. You end up at the end of the book trying to turn to your own little heart to find your pleasure in God. Read Doug Jones' article in C/A called Wine, Women, and Sabbath if you want a more biblical ...more
Travis
Jun 08, 2013 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outside of God's word this is hands down my favorite book and a main stay on my night stand!! Piper is ALWAYS so saturated in God's word and passionate to SEE and SAVOR the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!! I relate so much to Piper and his deepest longing to fight for joy and delight in God forever!! Highly recommend this book to be read regularly but certainly outside of deep study of God's word!! Psalm 34:8
Joel
Dec 09, 2007 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The place to start if you want to read Piper, almost his mission statement. Piper is a quotable writer and I love his pursuit to emphasize God's glory. "God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him" is a good summary statement of the work. As well, he draws attention to the purpose of life by tweaking the Shorter Catechism just a bit, writing "Man's chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever."
Allen
Nov 18, 2007 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God is supposed to be my most satisfying treasure and a delight to know. John Piper explains the principle and applies it to various aspects of Christian living: worship, loving others, Bible reading, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. The book is filled with Bible references; Piper bases his argument on Scripture.
Braden
Mar 18, 2017 Braden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There are few books which I can honestly say have changed my life. In fact, outside of the Bible, there are four. This is one of them. I can say that this book truly changed my approach to the Christian life, helping me to see the Christian life as one in which the pursuits of happiness and glory to God are the same pursuit. John Piper taps into the obvious, yet often neglected Biblical truth that God is to be enjoyed. Not only enjoyed, but treasured. He artfully articulates the profound truth t ...more
Dana Rongione
Sep 14, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it liked it
Desiring God is a book about finding joy and satisfaction in God and God alone. Throughout the pages of the book, author John Piper teaches that the Christian need not choose between delight and duty in the spiritual walk. He offers the opinion that the only true way to glorify God is to find joy in His presence and His person. Using a multitude of Scriptures to back up his point of view, Piper introduces Christian hedonism which states that "delighting in Him [God] is the work of our lives." Pi ...more
Craig
Mar 15, 2014 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few years perhaps no other preacher, teacher or theologian has taught me as much as John Piper. For this reason I feel somewhat strange when I say it has taken me until now to fully read through his magnum opus 'Desiring God'. I'm sure, however, that others will attest to the fact that this book is not one to rip through in an afternoon. The depth of theology and the paradigm shifting presentation of the Christian's pursuit of joy in God as foundational to a Biblical understanding ...more
Suzannah
Nov 07, 2012 Suzannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has become a modern devotional classic, and it's easy to see why. With this book Piper does his best to show from Scripture that God is most glorified in us when we are most enjoying Him. You may have heard that you must do good disinterestedly, Piper says, but on the contrary Scripture tells us to obey God because it is our desire and our delight; indeed this delight is an excellent, God-glorifying motivation for us. As usual Piper takes nothing for granted, seeking to prove his argum ...more
Greg
Oct 19, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those classic books that make a difference to the world, perhaps like “Pilgrims Progress”, or “Mere Christianity”, and anyone who has not read it and applied its teaching is missing out.

The main thrust of this book is that God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him. That everything we do as Christians needs to be motivated by our desire to seek pleasure in God, and in doing so, we will fulfill the requirements that God has placed on us. Christian living is not abo
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Christopher
This is John Piper's Opus Magnum and the heartbeat of almost every other book he has written. Piper begins by quoting the opening question to the Westminster Shorter Catchism and alters it slightly to make a point. What is the whole duty of man? Instead of "To glorify God and enjoy Him forever" its To glorify God by enjoying Him forever.

He then elaborates further on this with the motto which is the centerpiece of all of John Piper's ministry, that is, "God is most glorified in us when we are mos
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Rachelle
Feb 27, 2012 Rachelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Although I agreed with the book's overall message, I think it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Almost every chapter repeated the same message and included a lot of unnecessary, repetitive explanations. There was one chapter--the chapter about Love--that I really enjoyed. I think if I had read this one chapter instead of the entire book, I would have gotten more out of it.

Mr. Piper writes a lot of statements that seem to be purposefully misleading, and then spends several pages explain
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Laverne Ombadykow
In 1996 I first read Desiring God by John Piper and at that time enjoying God and glorifying Him were new concepts to me. The whole book was a new concept and I worked through it slowly. So, when I got the opportunity to read this new version I really looked forward to it. I wanted to find out what was different about this edition and if I had changed since I first read it. I found that the book was easier for me to read this time through and that many of the concepts had become my own beliefs. ...more
lance
Mar 13, 2007 lance rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
umm, the book was an interesting and well-received perspective, common to many.

but there's this weird argument he uses that says that we all "love ourselves" because we all "do what we think will make us happiest". sorry, but as an example - what about the suicidal? is it love when they kill themselves? NO! NO! NO! ...that is the definition of hate, self-hate. from this point, the book begins to break down.

...ultimately, i don't really think that "the glory of God" is God's greatest desire or Hi
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benebean
I liked this book a lot more the second time around. It can take me a while to digest material, so it was good to revisit this and intuitively understand a lot more of what Piper talked about. I probably need to come back to it again later before I can fully absorb all of what Piper said. It's not so much that what he says doesn't make sense to me, but it takes a while for me to understand it well enough to not just evaluate it by thinking it's correct and/or inaccurate, but to feel it is right ...more
Jonathan
May 26, 2009 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Shelves: theology, piper
I love Piper. His passion for Christ is contagious and it is by God's grace alone that Piper has this passion. Therefore I thank God for using Piper.

There was really only one concept I took from Desiring God and that is: Delight yourself in the LORD!

Certainly, there were many other insights gleaned, but this was the one insight I wished to hold onto, the one insight I did not want to release.

There is perhaps only one negative about this book and other books by Piper: his writing style.

Piper wr
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Mike
Aug 11, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desiring God is well-timed book, one that repeatedly makes the point that Christian believers have missed the joy that God has for them. Too often they have substituted poor temporary pleasures for that which God intends believers to experience -- joy. After all, it is a fruit of the Spirit, but is it an experience of a Christian in prayer, Scripture, marriage, suffering or any other aspect of life here on Earth? Piper says it is not and he makes a good point. It's as though Christians are afra ...more
Liz
Jun 11, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desiring God points to a part of the Christian life I often forget or overlook: that the whole point of following God, or doing ministry, is to enjoy Him. Enjoy God Himself, not the gifts He gives, the prayers He answers, or the social life of church. I am quick to overlook this and get so involved in the 'business of faith,' that is, mission and ministry and work.

Piper has a lot of wisdom; however, the book is tediously long. Chapters 1-6 about the foundations of Christian hedonism (his term fo
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Jacob O'connor
Jan 23, 2016 Jacob O'connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading Desiring God by John Piper, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Piper put his finger on the C.S. Lewis "desire" so well, that reading became euphoric. I'm meditating on Christ as Piper coaches, and the pleasure is so intense that it's transformational. I've never thought about God in these terms, but I'll never think about Him the same again.

Note:

--Christianity is seeking pleasure

--"Christian hedonism"

--God is the source of pleasure.

--God is in control. He is happy

--We glorify
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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“God is not glorified when we keep for ourselves (no matter how thankfully) what we ought to be using to alleviate the misery of unevangelized, uneducated, unmedicated, and unfed millions. The evidence that many professing Christians have been deceived by this doctrine is how little they give and how much they own. God has prospered them. And by an almost irresistible law of consumer culture (baptized by a doctrine of health, wealth, and prosperity) they have bought bigger (and more) houses, newer (and more) cars, fancier (and more) clothes, better (and more) meat, and all manner of trinkets and gadgets and containers and devices and equipment to make life more fun. They will object: Does not the Old Testament promise that God will prosper his people? Indeed! God increases our yield, so that by giving we can prove our yield is not our god. God does not prosper a man's business so that he can move from a Ford to a Cadillac. God prospers a business so that 17,000 unreached people can be reached with the gospel. He prospers the business so that 12 percent of the world's population can move a step back from the precipice of starvation.” 21 likes
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