- Title: The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God
- Author: John Piper
- ISBN: 9781576736654
- Page: 287
- Format: Paperback
THE SOURCE OF TRUE SATISFACTION.Isn t it true we really don t know someone until we understand what makes that person happy And so it is with God What does bring delight to the happiest Being in the universe John Piper writes, that it s only when we know what makes God glad that we ll know the greatness of His glory Therefore, we must comprehend the pleasures of GodTHE SOURCE OF TRUE SATISFACTION.Isn t it true we really don t know someone until we understand what makes that person happy And so it is with God What does bring delight to the happiest Being in the universe John Piper writes, that it s only when we know what makes God glad that we ll know the greatness of His glory Therefore, we must comprehend the pleasures of God Unlike so much of what is written today, this is not a book about us It is about the One we were made for God Himself In this theological masterpiece chosen by World Magazine as one of the 20th Century s top 100 books, John Piper reveals the biblical evidence to help us see and savor what the pleasures of God show us about Him Then we will be able to drink deeply and satisfyingly from the only well that offers living water.What followers of Jesus need now, than anything else, is to know and love behold and embrace the great, glorious, sovereign, happy God of the Bible This is a unique and precious book that everybody should read than once J.I PACKERRegent College, Vancouver, British Columbia Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.
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Saying I have a love-hate relationship with John Piper would be too strong a statement. It's more a love-meh relationship. I love his preaching- heck, I'd be willing to say that in my opinion he's easily the best living preacher. But I've regularly found his books to be, well, meh. Not that they're theologically bad, it's just that they're long and dry and only really work if you read them in his voice in your head, and that gets tiring after a while. So I picked up The Pleasures of God (provid [...]
My mothers favourite book- she wrote this about it in the flyleaf of a copy sent to friends before she died: "Other than the Scriptures, no book has brought such sheer delight to my soul as this one. It is not to be consumed in one sitting, but read one delicious section at a time; to be chwed on, ruminated upon before going on to the next juicy morsel! My hope and prayer is that this book will encourage your heart to delight even more, and cherish with greater passion, the God, who in loving ab [...]
A phenomenal, life-changing book! It clearly deserves it's place in World Magazine's list of the top 100 books of the twentieth century. This is a rich feast for the soul that requires reading slowly and taking plenty of time to chew on, savor, and digest each chapter. More than one reading will be needed to digest all that's here. An excellent follow-up to "Desiring God" by the same author. I look forward to reading "Future Grace", the final book in the "trilogy".The premise of "The Pleasures o [...]
Described by the author as "the younger cousin" of his Desiring God, The Pleasures of God is a deep, thoughtful, and rich survey of many of the ways that God finds pleasure in his own works & humanity's as well. Downsides: Piperishly heavy, focuses in a little TOO much on a few nitty-gritty details of a thought or passage, and carries the same, single overriding theme as most of Piper's works.Upsides: Pipersihly heavy, focuses on areas & trains of thought that many will not see in a pass [...]
Absolutely excellent! This is a fascinating study of God based on the premise that what someone delights in reveals much about who they are. So, Piper has written a book unlike any other that I've read where he identifies, explores and explains many of the things in which God takes pleasure. D.A. Carson calls The Pleasures of God the most important book Piper has ever written. As a word of warning, the concepts are heavy and the exegesis is thorough, so the book will likely be most enjoyed by hi [...]
John Piper's books are slow reading for me, not because they are dull but because their subject matter takes time to digest and reflect upon. This book was a spiritually enriching read and an aid to getting to know who God is. And guess what? He is actually quite happy and wants to share his perfections with others so that their happiness will be complete.
I have been loving this book, loving God. I don't always agree with Piper, but a respected friend quotes him frequently and I find his articles thoughtful and well-phrased.I remember my college campus minister preached a stirring sermon once on Ephesians 5:10, "And find out what pleases the LORD." I had found a couple of verses of things that pleased God, but John Piper has found a whole volume of verses on the topic.I remember when I first brought my husband (then-boyfriend) home to meet my fam [...]
“The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.” -Henry ScougalOnce again, Piper gets to what is at the heart of all of his writing and preaching: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. This book was written to show that God takes pleasure in His nature and work as well as in the responses of his people. In each chapter, you discover how God has set out to glorify himself. Favorite Quotes:“One of the best tests of a person’s theolo [...]
I love this book so very much. It is very rich and packed with truth written in an artful, frank and easy-t0-read way, which I greatly appreciated. I will definitely read it again and treasure it, at times I didn't fully appreciate its wonder, which is why I went so slow. But once I quieted down and focused on reading it, I loved it.
A phrase we now use among contemporary churches, and perhaps a phrase that has been used for years but now resurfaces, is the phrase "God-centered.' Reading through this book revealed in my own life how far from that phrase I had grown accustomed to thinking and living. Piper fleshes out what it looks like when we truly see the gospel and Scripture itself from the lens of a God-centered theology.
The foundation of all reality is the eternally rejoicing and self-sufficient triune God. An epochal book—for me, at least. The appendix, "Are There Two Wills in God?," is particularly helpful, a great example of bringing careful exegesis to sound theological conclusions.
One of the most important books in my life!
Simply put, this is the most important book I have ever read outside of the Bible. It is massively changing, worldview shaping, heart molding, mind forming, eye opening stuff.
Well-written and a strong defense of God's sovereignty. Quite devotional at times, except for the multi-page long footnotes.
Read just before Desiring God, also by John Piper. Great to read in conjunction with one another. Unpacks the glory of God through His enjoyment of His own self. Amazing stuff.
The subject matter was great. It was just very dry. Hard for me to get through. I've not always felt that way about Piper's books.
John MacArthur describes this book perfectly: "A rich feast for the serious believer."
Perhaps the most important book I've ever read.
This book is built on the premise that "The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love", and that God is utmost in His own affections. Thus God proves Himself to be most excellent because He loves above all else that which is most excellent- Himself. The author works this out to prove how this reality not only works for God's glory but also for our good- "And grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight [...]
Rich, deeply theological, thought-provoking, challenging, and profoundly encouraging and gospel-centered. In other words, classic Piper. I will say that I often find him more difficult to read than to listen to since he digs so deeply into such weighty concepts, but this one was easier compared to other books of his. There’s still a lot of dense material to consider, but to borrow from the title, it’s a pleasure to do so. I hadn’t really considered his primary thesis before — a primary w [...]
Can I give this book six stars?! This was an excellent read. It helped me understand a bit more about God and the delight He has in His glory, although I still have much to learn. :-) I recommend this book.
“Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.”
So many good truths!!!
This is the first book I read after becoming a Christian in 2004, and rereading it now was sweeter than before. God loves being God, and that’s good news for us.
I loved this book, made me so happy
First half was good; second half felt like it was more to fill space. Important but not as important as the first half.
Slowly made my way through this one. It's one that takes a lot of chewing. Read most of it in 2016. Finished in early 2017.
Considered to be one of Piper's three landmark books, "The Pleasures of God" contains little new information in it if one has had any previous exposure to Piper's work. The premise is taken from a sentence Piper read in Henry Scougal's " The Life of God in the Soul of Man" (which by the way is superb and has a 're-readable' status in my library.) Piper asks 'If one can measure the worth of a soul by what he delights in can the same be true of God?'The first 6 chapters are 'textbook Piper' and ha [...]
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