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The Pleasures of God

Meditations on God's Delight in Being God

John Piper

About The Pleasures of God

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, more 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 more than once.”
Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
Includes a study guide for individual and small-group use.


Praise for The Pleasures of God

The Pleasures of God is perhaps the most important book that John Piper has written. It is certainly the freshest and most penetrating. Many preachers and writers are calling Christians today to be more Godcentered. The irony is that even the call to be God-centered focuses attention on us, on what we must do. Certainly the Bible spends no small part of its pages telling us what we must do, but it does so out of profound God-centeredness. And here is a book that does not tell us what we must do to be God-centered; it simply is God-centered. Intoxicating.”
—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

There are quite a few books every Christian should read. And there are some that need to be read a second time to really digest them. But then there are a select few that should be read and reread and reread…perhaps every year. John Piper’s The Pleasures of God belongs on that ‘to be reread every year’ list.”
—Randy Newman, campus minister and author of Questioning Evangelism

“John Piper takes ten of God’s expressed ‘delights’ and searches their significance and implications with rare zeal. What a privilege to have someone think through these biblical realities so lovingly and seek out our biblical reactions so keenly. If all Christian books were offerings on an Australian barbecue, this would be one of the juiciest steaks around—hot, healthy, and wonderful.”
—Simon Manchester, senior minister, St. Thomas Church, North Sydney, Australia

“In Desiring God, John Piper introduced us to the idea that the pursuit of God’s glory and the pursuit of our joy are not at odds, for the pursuit of God’s glory is our joy. In The Pleasures of God, Piper helps us to see that God’s glory is revealed in great part in what makes Him happy. The Pleasures of God is an invitation to meditate on what makes God
happy. If what makes God happy reveals His glory, and if we become like Him as we behold His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), then meditating on the pleasures of God will be a means for increased joy in God and gradual conformity into His likeness. If that is your desire, then take up this new edition and read it over and over again.”
—Juan R. Sanches Jr., preaching pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

“This book is breathtaking in both its scope and its focus and constitutes a joyful yet prophetic call to adore and worship God—whose infinite worth and excellence is revealed in what he loves and delights in. It is at once beautiful and moving, serious, stretching, and profound. The Pleasures of God surely ranks with J. I. Packer’s Knowing God as one of the most profoundly moving and world-view forming Christian books of modern times.”
—Reverend Richard M. Cunningham, CEO of Intervarsity UK

“Few books are genuinely life-changing. The Pleasures of God by John Piper is clearly one of them. I’ve often said to people, ‘If I were on a desert island and could have only three books, in addition to the Bible, I’d choose Desiring God and The Pleasures of God by John Piper.’”
—Sam Storms, president, Enjoying God Ministries, Kansas City, Missouri

“Books have profound potential—particularly the one you hold in your hand. John Piper is saturated with God, and his passion fills the pages of this book.”
—C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“Run, don’t walk, to buy this remarkable work.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes

“I encourage you to read [The Pleasures of God] twice; once to see the portrait as a whole, a second time to savor the sheer delight of loving a God so magnificent, so excellent, so holy.”
—Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

“In our fallen world, staring at the sun blinds us. But, by God’s grace, contemplating God gives us spiritual sight. Of all of Pastor John’s books, this is the most radical. Get this vision of God, and begin to see.”
—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

About John Piper

JOHN PIPER is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For thirty-three years, he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the contemporary classic Desiring God, and more than thirty years of his sermons and articles are available, free of charge, at John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren.

Product Details

400 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Jun 26, 2000

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

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You don’t truly know someone until you know what makes him happy. Our pleasure is the measure of our character. So it is with God. We can only know the greatness of His glory if we know what makes Him glad. Therefore we must understand “the pleasures of God.”

By Justin Farley

I would recommend John Piper's  The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God.  I was provided a copy through a special release of the revised edition (directly from the publisher for the purpose of an online review).My favorite quote is captured in this particular picture.  What are your thoughts?  As I have stated before, I do not fully embrace Reformed Theology by any stretch, but I do appreciate the emphasis such authors...

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By Clint Walker

John Piper has written extensively on many topics. Most notable, however, is his book Desiring God, which lays out the case for what he calls "Christian Hedonism". The book was a brilliant text, if for no other reason, than because it lays out a case for a joyful, loving Calvinist worldview. Basically, Piper makes the argument that the holy life and the God-obedient life is also the most pleasurable way to live. I read it in college and LOVED...

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By Aaron Davis

The Pleasures of God is by far one of the great books of our generation. John Piper is not only a clear and easy to follow theologian, he has a zeal and enthusiasm for the Person of God that is contagious. The genre of this book is hard to peg. Its theology runs deep - very deep, yet it is at the same time devotional; it stretches the intellect but cuts straight to the heart. Piper's style is truly unique. His convictions are unashamedly...

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By Andrew Joyce

Just as Iâ??ve often found it hard to read John Piperâ??s books, writing a review of one thatâ??s so completely captivated me is equally difficult. The Pleasures of God is a typical John Piper book in that I've started it many times, and have foudn it difficult to get into in the past. But this book is different from all the rest in that I finished it. More than finished it: I enjoyed it. John Piper is good at great titles for his books:...

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By Jack Gandy

John Piper stands out as one of the few writers who has been able to merge passion with scholarship. The Pleasures of God is no exception to this. In His characteristic style, Piper forces us to expand our horizons, and to delve into the deep waters of spiritual truth. This is a book which cannot be read quickly, as is the case with so much that is on our bookshelves today. Yet for those who will take the time to dig into what he has to say,...

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