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When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight For Joy

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A book by John Piper

For over twenty-five years John Piper has trumpeted the truth that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." He calls it Christian Hedonism. The problem is that many people, after being persuaded, find that this truth … see full wiki

Author: John Piper
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Crossway Books
1 review about When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight For...

"How To" Manual for Living as a Christian Hedonist

  • Nov 23, 2009
Finished this on my vacation. Very good! I'm already seeing benefit in my thinking, prayer, and Bible reading resulting in a more consistent joy in God.

In most of Piper's books (especially Desiring God) he teaches how the Bible's view is that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him (Christian Hedonism). You may be completely convinced of this, but then find that you have a limited ability to be satisfied in Him and you find yourself constantly satisfied in lesser things. What are we to do? This is Piper's attempt at quickly summarizing his arguments from Desiring God followed by chapters on spiritual disciplines that you can use in your fight for this joy in God.

I found this book extremely helpful, especially as a followup to Donald Whitney's "Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life." You may find it to be slow going at times, but bear with it.

I read this book in Logos4 ([...]) which I found to be extremely helpful as I could have a Bible open on my computer beside what I was reading. Reading the verses that Piper references as he references them really helps me to understand and own the content and to tie it to the Scripture instead of the Piper book. I highly recommend this book. If you have not read any books from John Piper, I would recommend you first read "The Dangerous Duty of Delight" and "Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ" first.

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