john piper books pdf


John Piper is one of my favorite writers and preachers, and this may be his most important book. It lays out a central theme of his ministry – we glorify God by enjoying Him. Since we enjoy God, Piper calls this Christian Hedonism. That is a real attention grabber. If you just glance at the phrase, and have never heard of it, you might be offended, or at least put off. But Piper gives abundant Scripture quotes from all over the Bible to support the idea that we should enjoy God, we should enjoy worshipping God, we should enjoy being obedient to God. Trust me, this book is completely Biblical and orthodox, even if the “hedonism” term might lead you to think otherwise.

Piper moves on to chapters on conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. They are all tied in to Christian Hedonism, but some more than others. With these topics, the book becomes a short systematic theology text. Piper draws on a wealth of Scripture texts, extra-Biblical authors, and experiences to make his points.

You should know going in that Piper is a Calvinist and sometimes Calvinist doctrines come out, especially when discussing conversion. Piper believes in the sovereignty of God.

The book is very thorough on each point. I would like for all of my friends to read this book, but I think many of them would like the book better if it was shorter on some of the points. Surprise! On the next to the last page of the book, he says he has written a condensed version of the book, titled The Dangerous Duty of Delight. I have not looked into this book, but it might be perfect for people who want a book that is thorough as DG.
At the end of the book there is a study guide that a small group could use to facilitate discussion of the book.
About the book john piper books pdf free download
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.

Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.

About the Author
John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of The Dangerous Duty of Delight, Desiring God, Future Grace, A Godward Life, and The Pleasures of God. He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter. –This text refers to the mp3_cd edition

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