Somehow, throughout the past few years, I’ve aggregated quite a few books on the topic of Religion and Theology. Sadly, between reading the nearly 1000 pages I have to do weekly for my classes (and that’s only a slight exaggeration), and wanting to have something that somewhat resembles a social life, all those books I want to read sit on the shelf gathering dust. But that will no longer be the case… because I’ve decided I’m over school and I’m just going to quit reading for my classes.
Actually I’ve just been really blessed by not only my time in scripture recently, but also the time I’ve spent reading different books pertaining to the Christian life.
So, to kick things off I’m going to begin with Desiring God by John Piper. I’ve never been that big of a Piper fan (gasp!), but I’ve also never read one of his books. I do follow him on twitter though, and really enjoy, and often retweet, his tweets. Plus, I’ve only heard good things about this book (it has 4.3/5 stars on Amazon… pretty impressive).
Here’s the synopsis posted on Amazon–
Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God!
Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.
Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
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 as 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.
While reading I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts and what I’m learning on little bloggy here.
Have you read this book before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Comment below.