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Desiring God: Meditations of A Christian Hedonist | [John Piper]

Desiring God: Meditations of A Christian Hedonist

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.
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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 2013
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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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 2014

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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lombardi Julien 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SE Hanley 02-26-15
    SE Hanley 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Tomek New Westminster, BC, Canada 01-13-15
    Tomek New Westminster, BC, Canada 01-13-15
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    "Wonderful!"

    I've always loved John Piper's sermons at Desiring God. Letting him develop a thought or purpose with the length of a book is just right. I don't ever want to be luke warm again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra J. Brungard Twin Falls, ID USA 01-18-13
    Sandra J. Brungard Twin Falls, ID USA 01-18-13
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    "EXCELLENT CONCEPT WELL DEVELOPED"
    Where does Desiring God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since it's the only one I have in its genre, it's not possible to rank it generally. In performance, #2.


    Any additional comments?

    The book opens the door to an entirely new way of viewing our relationship to God and the Christian life generally; and the view is more Biblical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Phillips 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not like!"

    Could not pay attention. Did not get through Chapter 1 before I decided was not the book for me. Boring

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    Derek United States 03-29-12
    Derek United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book but hard to listen to the reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Desiring God to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the printed version.


    Would you recommend Desiring God to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Grover Gardner is not easy to listen to.


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

    Neither. Its dry material the way it is read.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not purchase any more books read by Grover Gardner.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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