As most of you are probably tired of hearing by now, I’m a big fan of the writing of John Piper. There’s just something about the way he expresses the Word of God that’s so different from many other authors out there. I was given the chance to read his book The Pleasures of God recently and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The major premise of most of Piper’s writings is that we have a God of pleasure and joy, a point many people seem to miss. The “rules” and doctrines that we many times focus on were not written to hinder us, but to allow us to better experience joy in God. The Pleasures of God takes this idea a different route by explaining what causes God Himself joy. I was pleasantly surprised to find chapters on election, the bruising of His Son, and public justice, just to name a few things that God delights in. Really, God doesn’t need us to find joy, or even any of these things, God is full of joy as He delights in Himself, but along the way, He invites us to join Him in that joy.
That is what was so spectacular about this book, it wasn’t just “here are a few things that God loves” but more “here is how we can join God is experiencing His greatest joys.” In short, reading this book was not an exercise in gaining more knowledge, but rather an opportunity to deepen my worship of God and continue to move beyond the superficial in my walk with Him. I fully recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about reading it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review from Multnomah Publishers.
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