When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy

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Crossway, 2004 - Religion - 268 pages

For over twenty-five years John Piper has trumpeted the truth that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” He calls it Christian Hedonism. The problem is that many people, after being persuaded, find that this truth is both liberating and devastating.

It’s liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy. And it’s devastating because it reveals that we don’t desire God the way we should. What do you do when you discover the good news that God wants you to be content in him, but then find that you aren’t?

If joy in God were merely the icing on the cake of Christian commitment, this book would be insignificant. But Piper argues that joy is so much more. Our being satisfied in God is necessary to show God’s worthiness and to sustain sacrifices of love.

Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him. He tasted it. It sustained him through the deepest suffering. His Father was glorified. His people were saved. That is what joy in God does.

The absolutely urgent question becomes: What can I do if I don’t have it? With a pastor’s heart and with radical passion for the glory of Christ, John Piper helps you answer that question.

 

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If you've never thought about the role joy plays in your relationship with God, this is a great book to test yourself with, challenging some assumptions you may not have realized you made. If you are ... Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD AND A PRAYER
9
WHAT Is THE DIFFERENGE BETWEEN DEsIRE AND DELIGHT?
23
THE CALL TO FIGHT FOR JOY IN GOD
33
JOY IN GOD Is A GIFT OF GOD
47
THE FIGHT FOR JOY Is A FIGHT TO SEE
57
FIGHTING FOR JOY LIKE A JUsTIFIED SINNER
71
THE WORTH OF GODs WORD IN THE FIGHT FOR JOY
95
HOW TO WIELD THE WORD IN THE FIGHT FOR JOY
115
THE FOGUs OF PRAYER IN THE FIGHT FOR JOY
137
THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER IN THE FIGHT FOR JOY
155
WHEN THE DARKNESS DOES NOT LIFT
209
NOTEs
235
A NOTE ON RESOURCES
254
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John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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