Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist review

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Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. John Piper reveals that the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. The book is devoted to helping readers find their happiness in God, with the theme that “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him.”

Pros:

  • Clear and thought-provoking writing
  • Radically God-centered content
  • Thorough exploration of Christian Hedonism
  • Practical and passionate
  • Thorough study guide included in the revised edition

Cons:

  • Some readers may find the book lengthy on certain points
  • Calvinist doctrines are evident in some sections

What excites your soul? What stirs happiness and joy in you? This may not seem an immediately important question, but there is no deeper or more necessary question for us to ask of ourselves than, “What do I treasure?” Our answer will shape our lives. Desiring God is a treasure chest of Gospel promise and eternal joy that your heart and soul will deeply appreciate. John Piper advocates Christian Hedonism as the ultimate quest for pleasure, and the book is a practical, passionate, and thorough exploration of this concept.

Desiring God is a book for the ages, changing fundamentally the understanding of the relationship to God and the world for many. It is a heart-touching book, full of joy by bringing glory to God. While some may not agree with all that has been presented, most of its content is inspiring and good, making it a very helpful book for meditation.

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