Thursday, July 7

Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper

According to John Piper, joy is at the root of a Christian’s relationship with God, using the terms Hedonism and Hedonist to describe this.  This is not to be confused with straight-up hedonism, and Piper makes sure to note and explain the distinction.  A Christian, he says, should take pleasure and experience joy in worshipping and following God.

Piper begins with an explanation and an early defense of his position.  From there, he examines how his ideas are to be found in various aspects of Christian life.  Subsequent chapters cover marriage, Scripture, prayer, and even suffering.  All of this is with the goal of worshipping God and serving God.

Desiring God was an interesting book.  Piper explains his views succinctly and then supports his thoughts with scripture references as well as.  However, not all of his ideas come off as completely new.  Some of the specifics may go into more detail than other authors, but the think that stands out most is Piper’s application of the term ‘hedonist.’  Unfortunately, but choosing this term, some people who pick up this book will come in feeling extremely wary, and un-open to Piper’s ideas.  It’s also a term that some may not understand properly within the context of the book.  Also, there are times that Piper seems to go out of his way to cast judgment on those who express their Christian faith in ways that he doesn’t think fits within his idea of Christian Hedonism.

3/5 stars

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

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