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Desiring God

Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

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For a generation now, 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.

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.

Endorsements

  • 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, Pastor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 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, Professor, Regent College
  • 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
  • ...a modern manual of true spirituality. R.C. Sproul, Founder, Ligonier Ministries
  • 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, Scholar in Residence, Colorado Christian University