25 years ago, John Piper wrote Desiring God and it has impacted many lives of readers since that time. Reading the 25th anniversary of the book for the first time, I can see why this book has impacted the past quarter century. The entire book focuses around one sentence: “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever”(18). As Christ followers, we are to to derive our joy in life from God himself. We are to find happiness in God, delight in God, enjoy His fellowship. Piper goes through the different areas of conversion, worship, love, scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering to help to show how the Christian Hedonist finds their joy in God through these areas.
Through our love and joy found in God we will come to know true love and joy for other people. God loves for us to delight in Him. “Not to pursue our joy every day in the Word of God is to abandon the revealed will of God. It is sin” (152). Piper does an incredible job of showing through Scripture that God is to be delighted in and glorified. As Christians, the only thing that we were made to do was to glorify God. Often times, we think that God is supposed to give us great lives so we can do great things, but no matter what God gives us, we are to glorify Him with all that we have, and that must be done through our love and joy for Him. Desiring God continues to show people that God truly loves when His creation delights in Him, glorifies Him, and finds complete and utter joy in Him. I only wish that I would have read this book earlier, but I will absolutely recommend it to everyone. If you haven’t read it and want to know exactly why and how you are to find joy in the Lord, go buy Desiring God today.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.