“How can I not cry, Look! Believe! Be satisfied! It may cost you your life to see it. But it will be worth it, because we know on good authority that ‘The steadfast love of the LORD is better than life’ (Psalm 63:3 RSV). Infinite delight is a dangerous duty. But you will not regret the pursuit” (p. 3).
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About the Book
Each of us is hard-wired to pursue our happiness. We long for significant, profound joy. Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations, high-tech gadgets, career success, sports, academics, drug experimentation, even ascetic rigors.
Yet the longing remains. Why?
In The Dangerous Duty of Delight, John Piper turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happiness: God. Piper shows from Scripture that pursuing our happiness in Christ is not optional for the Christian, but essential.
Come along on a journey from desperate desire to infinite delight. Learn how you were created for ultimate satisfaction in Him, and how this new perspective will change your attitudes toward worship, relationships, material goods—and everything.
“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” —Saint Augustine
First Edition 2001; New Edition 2011
Multnomah Books (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Table of Contents
1. Treating Delight As Duty Is Controversial
2. Glorify God by Enjoying Him Forever
3. Affections Are Not Optional
4. Pursuing Pleasure Undermines Pride and Self-Pity
5. Pursue Your Joy in the Joy of the Beloved
6. What Does It Mean for Worship?
7. What Does It Mean for Marriage?
8. What Does It Mean for Money?
9. What Does It Mean for Missions?
Epilogue: A Final Call
Appendix 1 – The Glorified God
Appendix 2 – The Satisfied Soul
Publisher: OMF Literature Inc.
Publisher: Seed Press Ltd.
Publisher: Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung
Publisher: Editorial Unilit