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Desiring God Audiobook

Desiring God: Meditations of A Christian Hedonist

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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 unveils stunning, life-impacting truths you saw in the Bible but never dared to believe.

©2003 John Piper; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-02-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ OTHER THAN THE BIBLE!"

    I've read quite a few theological works by great Christian authors, but in my opinion, they all pale in comparison to this one.

    What John Piper does so well is to make it so clear that we are creatures made for worship, and we were created to worship God. It is in this activity alone that we find complete peace and satisfaction. It is not that we have too much desire; it is that we do not have enough desire. It is not that we seek too much satisfaction, but too little. God is the only desire that will fulfill us. Piper compares this truth to C.S. Lewis' infamous analogy of a child playing in the mud because he cannot imagine a holiday at the beach. We attempt to satisfy ourselves with lesser things to our detriment because we don't understand just how full our satisfaction can be when we seek it in God.

    Piper does not stop there, however. He goes on to discuss what pursing God means and how to incorporate that pursuit into our daily lives. He tells us that joy is something we have to fight for, and he discusses various tactics for that battle. He makes his presentation very easy to understand. He uses quotations from other well-known Christian authors, such as C.S. Lewis, but he keeps theological rhetoric to a minimum. His style is conversational, and it was translated very well through the narrative talents of Grover Gardner. Gardner did an outstanding job with the narration with a beautiful melodic voice that maintains an upbeat cadence throughout the audiobook.

    Let me just say that by applying Piper's view of God as my ultimate goal and desire, decisions have become much easier, bothersome thoughts don't bother me as much, and I am a much happier and more satisfied person.

    I know...You're thinking..."Seriously? She read this book and it changed her life that much? This sound suspicously like that self-help nonsense that works for five minutes until life happens." Life has happened and life will happen, and I know that I will continue to see it differently...through the eyes of a God Who wants nothing more from me than my worship, praise, adoration, and love. I'm not suggesting that I will do this perfectly, but, at least, John Piper has shown me what a holiday at the beach with God might look like, and once you've seen an image like that, there's no going back.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    G2 06-24-14
    G2 06-24-14
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    "Best Blueprint for Living Life Honoring Christ"

    Next to the Holy Bible, this is the best book I have ever read. I reread this book about every year. It helps keep my life's focus on properly on desiring God more than anything this world can offer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Jefferson Hawthorne CA 02-10-15
    John L. Jefferson Hawthorne CA 02-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A must read for every preacher"

    I loved it. life changing. makes one take notice. I think I am going to become a fan of John Piper

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    BluCat15 CT, USA 01-08-16
    BluCat15 CT, USA 01-08-16

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    "Great, necessary concept. Redundant in some small ways and perhaps repetitive for seasoned Christians"

    John Piper makes an excellent case for why we are to delight in the Lord and find our pure joy in Christ. This book is needed for anyone who's struggling to love God more closely. I appreciated the many biblical references this book gave as well as its sound theology. Listening to it in a three-week span; it went by quick and I was able to notice that the second half of the book seems to be longer than necessary. In the beginning of the book he's already made the case for why we should pursue our joy in God. The remaining chapters describe how we should apply that to things in our lives such as marriage, money, missions, and prayer. In my opinion after the prayer chapter the points made in the remainder of the book could have been much shorter and much quicker. For where I'm at the remaining parts of the book beyond that were redundant. Nonetheless, this is a needed book for anybody who disciples, counsels, or needs encouragement in their walk with the glorious Lord.

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    Jrich 11-24-15
    Jrich 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Piper Love Grover Love God"

    This book will help you understand God in a much deeper more meaningful way. It made me love God more, opens up my bible to truths that I never saw before. Now I love John piper's stuff, all of it because he explains CS Lewis in simple terms. And who could understand Lewis without help? Lol great work just heard to decipher. Furthermore I wish every book I listen to was narrated by Grover Gardner, he has such a rich voice full of kindness and a great tone. I would pay to have Grover read all of John's books! I think this is a book every Christian needs to listen to at least once.

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    Lombardi Julien 07-22-15
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    "Way to ecstatic rapture"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it changes lives for the best, eternal best !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    God, He's so good !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Psalm 37:4


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but the songs quoted in it made me cry with joy: Knowing You Jesus, for example.


    Any additional comments?

    May God's joy be your salvation !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SE Hanley 02-26-15
    SE Hanley 02-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Life changing"

    Piper will blow you away with his work on Christian hedonism. Guaranteed to make you pause and examine your faith. Excellent.

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    Lee Mimbs 11-29-16
    Lee Mimbs 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Changed my perspective!"

    Loved it! The concept of enjoying God and my walk with Christ was novel to me. Abiding in God should be something that I enjoy, not drudgery. I especially liked the chapter on suffering. I look forward to reading/listening to this book again!

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    Bryan Crawford Farmington, NM USA 11-09-16
    Bryan Crawford Farmington, NM USA 11-09-16 Member Since 2008
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    "I revisit this book..."

    This is a book that I was in the habit of reading every year for about four or five years. I fell out of that habit about 3 years ago and I regret it after having gone through this recently. This is such a great book it should be on every Believer's bookshelf!

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    Julie 05-21-16
    Julie 05-21-16
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    "Brilliant!"

    This book never fails to inspire me. I have now read it 3 times and won't hesitate to read it at least 3 more times in my life time, God willing.

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    "Good stuff!"

    Lots of good stuff in here! All backed up thoroughly by scripture. The info. covered in the appendix is well worth a listen/read too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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