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Really, really good,
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This review is from: Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (Paperback)
The main thesis of this book is to show that "the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever". Piper uses one chapter to show why this is true and the remainder of the book to spell out what it means for other parts of a Christian life, such as prayer, money, worship and suffering. The first chapter is good, really good, life-changing good. Piper makes perfectly clear - by making extensive use of the Holy Scripture - why God deserves it to be glorified and why joy in glorifying Him is the best joy man can ever get, especially when all other joys are seen and considered in light of Gods joy. This is most certainly a good chapter.
The rest of the book, 9 chapters in total, is also good, especially when the message of the first chapter hasn't come through yet. To me reading everything after the first chapter was a bit boring: chapter after chapter the same message is presented; yes, new terms are being used and the subject is slightly different, but it's still the same message. And although that message is good (God is good, and enjoying Him by living in His world is very much enjoyable), it becomes a bit boring to hear it again and again and again.
So, buy the book and read the first chapter. Let it sink in and then read it again. If you still don't get the message at that moment, read one of the chapters that follows the first one. Hopefully, God will speak to you through this book about his joy!