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Desiring God, 25th Anniversary Reference Edition by John Piper
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: theology
Recommended for: Christians, Calvinists, Agnostics, Stoics, Friends
Read from April 16 to May 09, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

John Piper does an excellent job of showing how the life of a Christian is for pleasure while not falling into the Health, Wealth, and Prosperity trap. While it is clearly a Calvinist book after the first chapter, all Christians will gain a deeper understanding of how the world God created for His glory and His majesty is a world of immense pleasure if and only if men (and women) submit to His divine plan, pick up their cross, and follow Christ. He shows, with almost an effortless ease, how things that are as troubling to our minds as suffering actually are a great blessing for the Christian - with scriptural support and real stories as a reference. The excellent work provides plenty of footnotes, endnotes, and supplement reading to provide any Christian with more than enough reading to complement the study. Dr. Piper is definitely a philosopher as much as a theologian. While his diction can be confusing at times, the reader will always be able to gain a better understanding of the scripture passages that he mentions and the ones that he may not have mentioned directly simply by his clear interpretations, translations, and commentary.

Even if the thought of the Christian life being described as "hedonism" scares you, give this book a try. You will find that the message is not "eat, drink, and be merry; for tomorrow we die!”

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04/16/2012 page 110
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