Desiring God by John Piper

“The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

I was a young, enthusiastic yet oblivious college sophomore when I discovered John Piper. I had recently changed my major from sports medicine to theology and I did not have a clue where my life was going. God seemed so distant, as did faith and joy. The name John Piper kept springing up in conversations, readings, and sermons.

The idea of Christian hedonism is very simple: God is the source of all joy. Mankind naturally seeks joy. History is filled with stories of men and women attempting to find joy by any means necessary. John Piper makes it abundantly clear that joy will be found nowhere on earth, Jesus Christ is the only source of joy thus the search for joy is an act of worship.

This is a rather long book for such a simple message. Desiring God is pretty much the John Piper manifesto. In fact, Piper has named his ministry Desiring God. However, this book transformed the way I look at my life and life in general.

If you are searching for a context of life and the joy of the Lord, read this book.