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About Desiring God

Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God!

Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.

Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.  Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.

Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.

Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy.

Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.


"Mind hammering and heart warming." – Os Guiness

"A must read for every Christian and a feast for the spiritually hungry." – John MacArthur

About John Piper

JOHN PIPER is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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Product Details

368 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Jan 18, 2011

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

“Only one thing ultimately matters: glorifying God the way He has appointed. That is why I am a Christian Hedonist. That is why I wrote this book.”   —John Piper

 "Mind-hammering and heart-warming." – Os Guiness

"A must read for every Christian and a feast for the spiritually hungry." – John MacArthur

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By Paul Dare

So rich. So thorough. So challenging. So not mainstream. John Piper has been used by God in such a wonderful and encouraging way for the growth of the church in our day and this flagship work Desiring God is his definitive work. As with most things in our culture, terms and concepts that were originally good or that had a good use tend to fall on hard times and become only known by their abuses or negative associations. This...

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By John Turner

Desiring God is one of the most inspirational and motivational books I have ever read. John Piper's care for the heart of the Christian plus his value of God's Word make this book a must read for any Christian who might be experiencing the doldrums of the Christian life. Piper weaves a tapestry that speaks to the heart of every Christian who wants to desire God. This is a beautiful book and one of the books that I recommend most often.

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By Kimberly Schimmel

As a Christian I had always understood and accepted that the chief end of man is to glorify God...but I got stuck on the second part. Enjoy Him? Wasn't the Christian life supposed to be hard, with denying oneself, taking up one's cross daily, and being persecuted? Yes, I knew I was supposed to worship as well as obey; However, I felt guilty if I enjoyed the worship "too much." John Piper's book is the antidote for the Christian who has...

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By Katerri Krebs

John Piper has a heart for the Lord in a way that very few men possess in our society today. The boldness and passion for our Lord and Savior drips off the page and into the heart of the reader. This is an excellent book for any believer, young or old in the faith, to draw near to Christ and know Him in a more intimate way. Delight in the Lord! This book is incredible for every season of life! Dive deep, don't be content with just...

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By Daniel R Greegor

Desiring God: Revised Edition by Dr. John Piper This is a fantastic book on how the pursuit of God is both righteous and enjoyable. While not easy the rewards of doing such a journey are worth the effort. Dr. Piper does a wonderful job of showing how God is everything and in Him is all happiness and joy. When one finds God, they find all that He is. *I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. These words are my...

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