Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book Review: Desiring God by John Piper

One of John Piper’s earliest books casts a shadow over all the rest in terms of long term impact and influence. His whole ministry derives its name from the title of his book, and it is appropriately titled, because he has endeavored to spend his whole live in one purpose: desiring God.

The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Desiring God is not much different from prior editions. It has a new preface, but the rest of the book is largely unchanged. And it shouldn’t be. Since Piper’s whole ministry is founded on the principles of this book (which is just a chronicling of what Piper has understood from the Bible), I would have reason for concern if the book had significant changes from edition to edition.

For those who’ve never read the book and are looking for a summary, this is what I offer: Desiring God is the fruit of John Piper’s meditations on the Word of God. He has come to the conclusion that our greatest joy should be in God. He is not a means to our joy, but the source and object of our joy. Once Piper has established this fact, he draws out many implications from it.

Once this clicked, Piper’s life was changed forever. Chances are, if it clicks for you, similar change will result. I cannot recommend this book enough. John Piper is fortunate in that God has chosen him to write a book that is a defining work of a generation. Read it. Go over the Bible. And see that it is true.

One philosophy of Desiring God Ministries is to provide ministry and theological resources for free to aid Christians globally. The basic book and study guide of Desiring God are available online in digital format. If you don’t want to spend the money, download it and read it. I am that much a supporter of the book. As a matter of fact, I’ve purchased some Spanish copies (Sed de Dios) to give to some leaders in our Hispanic ministry at church.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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