It seems as though I have been on a little John Piper kick lately and it has done me well. I think that it can be tiresome to read the same author over and over again even if the books are different. Piper is not this way. In Desiring God Piper makes this as the claim as the highest thing a believer must grasp and that is: God is most glorified in us when we are satisfied in Him. Many people will argue as to whether or not that statement is true, but Piper does an excellent job in this book of explaining his position and why he personally holds to it. Piper is not holding to a position just because he was told to hold it by a professor or a pastor or another type of teacher. In the book Piper makes it clear how he came to this clear understanding of God. Piper also does an excellent job of explaining different aspects of God's character and why we can trust that God is who he says he is. Piper is not shy in his book either by presenting his beliefs boldly. I truly was challenged by this book and here are a few things that I was challenged by:
If God is sovereign and can do anything He pleases, then none of His purposes can be frustrated.
God has been supremely and eternally happy in the fellowship of the Trinity.
We have accustomed ourselves to such meager, short-lived pleasures that our capacity for joy has shriveled.
If we do not carry Scripture in our heads, we cannot savor it in our hearts or wield it in the Spirit. If you go out without the kindling of Christian Hedonism, the fire of Christian happiness will be quenched before mid-morning.
Personally this book was deeply moving. I know that if you listen to many well-known leaders in Christian circles they will state how much Desiring God has had an effect on them. This writer resounds with a loud amen to that point. If you are looking for a book that is going to push you into a deeper relationship with God this would be a great place to start. This book challenged me and I know that I will reread it before too long. Take the time to pour over this book with your Bible and I promise that it will move you into a better relationship with God.