The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire

The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire

John Piper / Feb 20, 2020

The Dangerous Duty of Delight Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire Each of us is hard wired to pursue our happiness We long for significant profound joy Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations high tech gadgets career success sports academics drug experime

  • Title: The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire
  • Author: John Piper
  • ISBN: 9781576738832
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Each of us is hard wired to pursue our happiness We long for significant, profound joy Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations, high tech gadgets, career success, sports, academics, drug experimentation, even ascetic rigors.Yet the longing remains Why In The Dangerous Duty of Delight, John Piper turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happinEach of us is hard wired to pursue our happiness We long for significant, profound joy Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations, high tech gadgets, career success, sports, academics, drug experimentation, even ascetic rigors.Yet the longing remains Why In The Dangerous Duty of Delight, John Piper turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happiness God Piper shows from Scripture that pursuing our happiness in Christ is not optional for the Christian, but essential.Come along on a journey from desperate desire to infinite delight Learn how you were created for ultimate satisfaction in Him, and how this new perspective will change your attitudes toward worship, relationships, material goods and everything Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee Saint Augustine

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      • John Piper

        John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod and chancellor of Bethlehem College Seminary For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary B.D , and the University of Munich Deol For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem John is the author of than 50 books and than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


    1. "The Dangerous Duty of Delight" is essentially a short, well packaged and condensed version of Piper's classic, "Desiring God". It highlights well the solid, Biblical foundation of what Piper calls Christian Hedonism, of which I've come to find to be a massive asset in fighting sin. Christ must be sought after and enjoyed more than the desires of the flesh. It's not an easy fight, but Piper helps us see it a little more clearly, all throughout his ministry. This short book is well worth your tim [...]

    2. Es una pequeña versión de Sed de Dios, es una defensa sobre el controvertido hedonismo cristiano, tiene un mayor énfasis sobre lo fácil que nos complacemos en las cosas de este mundo y la maravillosa y gran recompensa (todo lo que es Dios para nosotros en Cristo) que nos estamos perdiendo por ser tan fáciles de satisfacer con cosas vanas y pasajeras, en especial me gustaron los capítulos sobre el dinero y las misiones fueron grandemente confrontantes.

    3. Really enjoyed this fresh look at desiring God. These are some of my favorite quotes:“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” by CS Lewis“The great hindrance to worship is not that we are pleasure-seeking people, but that we are willing to settle for such pitiful pleasures.”“God is not glorified when we keep for ourselves (no matter how thankfully) what we ought to be using to allev [...]

    4. For years I’ve pointed people to John Piper’s classic Desiring God, which is high on my list of all time favorite books. A year ago I told a friend that I’d love to see a “mini-Desiring God,” a short but sweet version of John’s message on joy and desire, which has touched so many lives, including mine. The Dangerous Duty of Delight is more than I asked for. Dynamic, joyful and lifechanging, this message is biblical, Christ-centered and desperately needed in the church today. I read t [...]

    5. Amazing little book packed with wisdom and insight regarding the Biblical reality and freedom of Christian Hedonism.

    6. Short, concise treatise on Piper's doctrine of Christian Hedonism. I like that this book is equal parts Biblical, philosophical, and applicable. His points on the importance of affection, emotion, and delight being brought into faith challenge some long-standing views I have had about duty, truth, and willpower being superior to feelings. He argues well from Scripture to why that point is false. Once again, Dr. Piper shows how shallow my theology really is. His use of Scripture to prove his poin [...]

    7. Desiring God is one of my favorite books, and one of the few which I can truly say have changed my life. I've been wanting to reread it for some time now, but it's a bit of a beast to read. So this book was the perfect solution. An incredibly concise version of Desiring God which contains many of the high points that made it so great, without sacrificing the spirit or the arguments of the book. This is a very accessible version of a true classic. It was such a refreshment for my soul, and served [...]

    8. Piper is quickly becoming the most influential thinker in my life. I love this guy. Dangerous Duty continues his life's thesis: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Transformational.Notes:(1) If we understood the beauty of God, we would want others to see it, too(2) God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him(3) Every commandment not to have a certain feeling is also a commandment to have a certain feeling (4) Self pity arises from a wounded ego(5) Ess [...]

    9. The whole little book is a great abridged take on Desiring God, but I found the chapter on worship to be particularly helpful and eye-opening.

    10. It's diet Piper and made it easy to read for me. Bible heavy, and as usual for my review I'm just going to leave quotes. Oh ​w​orld, wake up and see, Christ is gain! Pursuing joy in God and praising God are not separate acts.The human race does in fact crave the experience of awe and wonder. And there is no reality more breathtaking than Jesus Christ.The radical implication is that pursuing pleasure in God is our highest calling. It is essential to all virtue and all reverence. Whether you t [...]

    11. Towards the end of the book, Piper gives an overview of his book (page 47): So far we have seen a brief sketch of the way of life I call Christian Hedonism [pleasure-seeker]. I have tried to give a glimpse of what it means vertically in relation to God and horizontally in relation to man – that it is essential for all true worship and virtue. It glorifies God, it undermines pride, it captures the affections of the heart, and it carries the cost of love. I have tried to show that it is thorough [...]

    12. Read it for a reading challenge that included a book I could read in a day. It does a really good job of fleshing out Piper's definition of "Christian Hedonism," a term that sounds oxymoronish but makes sense once you read the book. Basically, we need to find our joy in God. If you think God is boring and you prefer getting your enjoyment from worldly things, then you're like a kid who prefers building mud castles in a ghetto to a vacation at sea because he doesn't understand how good a vacation [...]

    13. John Piper's best-known dictum might be, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." This book unpacks that phrase. To enjoy God IS to glorify him. After all, we all glorify, on some level, the things that give us pleasure. Our problem, as C. S. Lewis pointed out, is that we settle for second-rate pleasure instead of the first-rate pleasures of God.Piper applies this insight in many realms. For instance, pursuing the pleasure of the joy of God will drive out pride and self-p [...]

    14. Modern Christianity is difficult. I've decided this is because we expect both people and things to fulfill us. Well, neither will. But yet so many of us still are chasing after happiness down a dead end street. John Piper takes the attitude (which is scripturally accurate) that we are commanded to be happy. And most of us aren't because we haven't figured out that the only way to happiness is through God. This is a good book in that it spells out how living for God improves the quality of life. [...]

    15. This is a condensation of Desiring God by John Piper. Far from being an invitation to be self-centered and lawless, I found this book to be extremely convicting. I honestly believe Piper has articulated an extremely important aspect of genuine Christianity that is rarely articulated elsewhere. Is God your greatest pleasure and your most precious treasure? Is He your number one pursuit in life? Do you seek Him with your whole heart? I think Piper shows that for the truly converted man, the answer [...]

    16. I've read this book more than once. It was an awesome read. It whetted my appetite to read Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper again. Comparing the extremely condensed book (this one) with the complete theology of Christian Hedonism of Desiring God, I believe that this one is lacking in the theology department (broad but not deep), while causing one to want to dig into more about Christian Hedonism. Read this then read Desiring God.

    17. For me personally, this is one of the books God put in my life years ago at just the right time for life-changing reasons. And I felt it was time I read it again due to some things God's been addressing in my life. It's my favourite book by John Piper. It's very short (only 84 pages), and that's what makes it so compelling. When one of your favourite authors condenses his thoughts on one of his favourite subjects to a mere 84 pages, it's good to take notice! Because you know he wouldn't want to [...]

    18. This book was short, but insightful. It is a way of thinking that I had not before observed. Piper is correct in the idea of pursuing the pleasure that Christ provides as our ultimate goal. This was shown practically in how we worship, how we conduct our marriage, and how we view ministry & missions.An unrelated annoyance is the use of "Christian Hedonism" throughout. I understand the intention, but am not a fan of converting words with obvious, negative connotations in today's culture into [...]

    19. Piper is on a Crusade to get Christians to consider the role of Joy in our lives. His proposition is that God is most Glorified when we are most fulfilled in Him. This pushes out convention and takes your heart on a journey most delightful. When Jesus offers his joy made full in uswhy are we so determined and dour? Surely a Spirit filled adventure of saying "Yes!" to Jesus will fill us with joy!Even suffering is to be purposed and basted with joyAnd what impact Joyous Believers would have on pla [...]

    20. I first read this sometime around 2004, but I didn't really understand it. I was also skeptical when reading it for two reasons:1. I didn't know who John Piper was.2. This book was recommended by Rob BellFor the past couple of years I have gotten to know John Piper (not personally), so I finally decided to read this book again.I still have much to ponder about it, but ultimately I think it is great! More and more Christians need to understand what it means to find their complete joy and satisfac [...]

    21. Some parts of this book really made me think, and those parts were really good. Other parts suffered a little from being condensed down from Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist; I could have used more exposition in those areas, hence the 3 instead of 4 stars.

    22. Outstanding look at how our joy is complete in finding joy in God's law. By seeking the thrill, joy, high of serving others (that good feeling you get when doing God's will toward others) you are actually seeking to increase God's glory. This is a nice precursor to Don't waste your life by Mr Piper, which if not properly prepared can be a little offputting. Read this one first, then consider reading Don't Waste Your Life.

    23. If you are interested in a short primer to Piper's DESIRING GOD, then this is the book for you. It is succinct and powerful and contains Piper's signature passionate love for God and His glory on every page.If you have never read DESIRING GOD, this book will make you want to. If you have read it, this book is an excellent reminder/refresher of its primary content.

    24. John Piper is a heavy read. I enjoy theological discussions but they sometimes make my brain hurt and are sometimes hard to follow. This was one of those, even though it was a small book and seemed harmless enough from the outside. I think this one was good?? I think I enjoy listening to John preach vs reading his writing.

    25. The emphasis of the book is that we are commanded to rejoice in God. "God is glorified not only by his glory being seen, but by its being rejoiced in." This book was pure Piper with memorable quotes."Worship is the valuing of God.""Jesus wants us to think about sacrifice in a way that rules out all self-pity."

    26. This book is just a very condensed version of Piper's "Desiring God". I would urge any reader to get ahold of Desiring God. However this book really changed my perspective on the glory of God and gave me an introduction to the idea of "Christian Hedonism" when I read it at age 13. It's an easy read. Small, and great to give someone as a gift.

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