The central premise of Desiring God is that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. This is what John Piper calls Christian Hedonism. Piper argues that Christians should not just seek their Joy in God but they are commanded to do so.
Piper shares his own personal story about how he came to understand God as both the “all satisfying object” and the source of complete joy. “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Through this journey the reader is presented with the philosophy and most importantly the scriptural evidence for Christian Hedonism. Like most of Piper’s writing this is a well written book that has an appeal to the biblical scholar. Piper is thorough in his arguments and shows how Christian Hedonism plays out in all areas of life. Overall this is an excellent read and a great book for anyone to understand the roots of sin and idolatry.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.