Desiring God

Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

by John Piper

For 25 years, pastor John Piper has been provoking Christians with the simple but paradigm-shattering truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

Satisfaction. Happiness. Joy. The pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible; it’s essential.

Building his message on hundreds of Scriptures, especially from the Psalms, the apostle Paul, and Jesus himself—and echoing the likes of Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, and C.S. Lewis—Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus not only as our Lord and Savior, but also our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.

As important today as ever, Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy.

“The overriding concern of this book is that in all of life God be glorified the way He Himself has appointed. To that end this book aims to persuade you that the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

First Edition 1986; Revised Edition 2011
Multnomah Books (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Aside from that day in 1960 when I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, the most important thing I ever did in life, at least in terms of spiritual development, was to read, in 1986, Desiring God by John Piper.
Sam Storms, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; author, The Hope of Glory

The healthy biblical realism of this study in Christian motivation comes as a breath of fresh air. Jonathan Edwards, whose ghost walks through most of Piper's pages, would be delighted with his disciple.
J. I. Packer, Regent College; author, Knowing God

The first edition of this book profoundly influenced my life. I am delighted to commend the tenth anniversary edition.
Jerry Bridges, Author, The Pursuit of Holiness

The communion of a longing soul and a satisfying Christ is at the center of God's plan. Piper makes this overlooked, contradicted, trivialized, and sentimentalized message clear and compelling. Desiring God is a classic—now it's even richer.
Larry Crabb, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Colorado Christian University

...a modern manual of true spirituality.
R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries