Dangerous Duty of Delight: The Glorified God and the Satisfied Soul
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-pity. Seeking the happiness of our beloved will “pay off” much more than seeking our own. This should affect how we worship, treat our spouse, spend our money, pursue missions, and any number of other things we were created to do. Piper is unparalleled in making the Christian walk appear attractive. This book—a follow-up to Desiring God—is the essence of a lifetime of ministry.