When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy

When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy

We all want to experience liberating, love-producing, risk-taking satisfaction in God. But the reality is that we often struggle to find, and hold onto, true and lasting joy?even when we have embraced the good news of God?s grace. So we face a crucial question: What should I do when I don?t desire God? John Piper aims to help us find joy in Jesus that is so deep and so str We all want to experience liberating, love-producing, risk-taking satisfaction in God. But the reality is that we o...

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Title:When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy
Author:John Piper
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Genres:Christian
ISBN:1581346522
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:268 pages pages

When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy Reviews

  • clAViD
    Mar 11, 2007
    Highly recommended for those wanting to start developing spiritual disciplines and those who have never been exposed to "Christian Hedonism." Good mix of doctrine and practical application. I think this book is THE "Christian Living" book. If I were to give a new believer a book on gro...
  • Jo
    Jul 15, 2009
    This book is essentially for people who realize the truth of "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him", but have a difficult time dragging their desires in that direction. It's highly strategic, meaning that it has very specific ideas about how to go about pursuin...
  • Melissa
    Feb 01, 2008
    This is one of my all-time favorites, because it really does help me fight for joy and look to God and the Bible in doing so. I *highly* recommend it! ...
  • Matt
    Aug 07, 2008
    The long-awaited sequel to Desiring God (DG) has arrived! In DG, Piper presented the concept of Christian Hedonism ? the truth that Christians are to pursue their joy and pleasure in God. When Christians do this, God is most glorified because he is seen as infinitely satisfying. To d...
  • Elizabeth
    Sep 20, 2010
    Have you ever gone through a period of time in which you had little desire to read your Bible? Or maybe a time when you pondered which book to pick up next but just felt kind of "blah" about the whole thing? I went through a phase like this about six months ago. I was more aware of my ...
  • Monica
    Aug 07, 2015
    Excellent book. It was so good, I look forward to reading through it again. ...
  • Indrajeet Pawar
    Apr 16, 2009
    Reading Piper is almost always an experience of getting close to a 'burning bush' experience. His challenge that we don't desire God enough and are easily satisfied with inferior things struck home. Reading him I was reminded of C S Lewis' analogy of playing with mud pies and being ign...
  • Luis
    Mar 14, 2010
    This is precious book to me. I recommend it for anyone, especially to those whom have tasted and have partaken of the Holy spirit in savoring Jesus Christ , but have at some after this experience have become downcast in spirit, losing Joy in there salvation.Ive learned from this book t...
  • Aaron
    Jan 04, 2012
    Also read January 2012. ...
  • Devin
    Apr 25, 2010
    I was originally introduced to this book when I was informed that a small group I had been put in would be studying it week to week. I should've been very familiar with John Piper. I've read Don't Waste Your Life; in my church back home, the pastor referenced and quoted him regularly; ...
  • Rachel M.
    Feb 04, 2013
    The first half of the book isn't helpful, but the second half is better. Honestly, if you want to read a book about finding joy in God, I wouldn't recommend this. I don't like the author's approach-it seems more focused on "doing" (academic) than "feeling" (heart/emotions), and it just...
  • Dan
    May 03, 2011
    A long way of saying read your Bible and pray. This is not a bad thing as the extended meditation on the topic is certainly helpful. A few quotes: "When I address the question, "What should I do if I don't desire God?" I am addressing the question: "How can I obtain or recover a joy...
  • April Knapp
    Apr 02, 2011
    I think every Christian should read this book! It is great for both young and mature believers. It is deeply convicting and motivating and hard to ignore. Piper is an eloquent writer, but what I like most about his books is that he always writes based on scripture. He doesn't use rh...
  • Jonathan McIntosh
    Jan 03, 2014
    My second time through and I've decided that this is my favorite book by John Piper. When I Don't Desire God takes all of the concepts of Desiring God and puts those in real-world scenarios.It believe it's certainly his most practical and helpful. You want to be one who hungers and...
  • Tori Samar
    Oct 20, 2016
    "If we were perfect?if there were no remaining corruption in our hearts?there would be no fight. There would be no obstacles to overcome. We won?t fight for joy in heaven. But we are not there yet." Joy, affections, desire, delight?all are essential parts of biblical Christi...
  • Leah
    Jun 05, 2019
    Wow. What a powerful book. I don't believe it's an exaggeration to say reading this was a life-changing experience. In a nutshell, it shed light on a lot of areas I didn't know I was lacking, and gave me a great new perspective on the life I'm living. I'm still praising and thankin...
  • Matthew Huff
    Jan 24, 2017
    This book is marvelous - certainly my favorite Piper read thus far. His chapters are organized clearly, and his approach is filled with practical advice and deep biblical insight. I would say, for me, this is Piper at his most straightforward and encouraging. I found myself at many poi...
  • Esther
    May 14, 2014
    READ this book & prepare yourself!! So much valuable insight & guidance on the importance of fighting for joy to glorify God through Christ. "Preferring anything above Christ is the very essence of sin. It must be fought." If you're thinking this is a light hearted devotional t...
  • Julie
    Feb 12, 2018
    While I have listened to John Piper speak at church several times, this was my first time reading a book written by him. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will revisit it often. ...
  • Luke
    Jan 09, 2014
    This is my second complete time reading through this book. More often I have reviewed my highlights and been blessed by the encouragements and reminders that they bring. While Pastor Piper and I don't share every theological position, we share the same desire to glorify God, and to del...
  • Samantha Barnes
    Jan 06, 2019
    I purchased this book my junior year of college, and after four or five attempts to read it over the past nine years, I feel a keen sense of accomplishment of having finished it. I struggle to read Piper, as he can be repetitive and dig into the tiniest nuances that feel perhaps unnece...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    Aug 15, 2017
    I'm abandoning this. I picked it up from our church bookstall for 50p thinking I couldn't go wrong at that price. I was also curious because I really didn't like Desiring God which made me feel that I wasn't saved because I didn't experience certain feelings and emotions that are appar...
  • Sara-elizabeth Cottrell
    Jan 29, 2018
    Certainly God has mightily used R.C. Sproul, but when I listened to him, I came away with such a defeated sense of guilt and powerlessness, like I could never change myself but somehow was responsible to keep trying at that futile task. That's *never* what R.C. would say aloud, but tha...
  • Hannah H.
    Nov 14, 2018
    Here?s the thing: I felt pretty guilty when I began reading this book. I?m my mind, only a weak Christian would find it beneficial to read about not desiring God. But Piper not only encouraged my soul, he revealed the truth that all Christians go through periods of spiritually dryn...
  • Jenny Hartfelder
    Feb 22, 2019
    I struggled with Piper's theology in the beginning chapters of this book; however, I am glad I pressed on. His exposition on prayer in chapters 9-10 made the entire book worth the read. I also appreciated the broader perspective given by his use of pertinent quotes from other classic a...
  • Jesvin Jose
    Jan 24, 2019
    Fight for joy in God! Joy! Why does Piper, in much of his teaching and writing, make so much of fighting for joy in God? Why not just talk about the object of joy - God Himself? He himself asks the question and gives his reasons. He says that it's because God commands it in His Word...
  • Cathy
    May 16, 2019
    An online acquaintance of mine, one whose opinion I?d grown to respect, read part of this book and abandoned it because it made her feel like she wasn?t saved because she ?didn?t have certain feelings and emotions that are apparently essential.? It?s not bad to ?Examine y...
  • R.L. Stelzer
    Jun 23, 2018
    I was excited about this book. John Piper made some great points, used scripture to back them up, then went on and on and on restating the great points in slightly varying ways. I think the content would have been a great Lewis-style essay instead of a book. I really felt like I was be...
  • Greg Bodwell
    Dec 17, 2017
    I found this book to be refreshingly practical. While I love John Piper, a lot of his books can stay very spiritual and theological (which isn't always bad), but When I Don't Desire God dishes out ultra-practical advice on getting out of spiritual ruts and seasons of spiritual dryness:...
  • Alex
    Aug 10, 2017
    Filled with lots of Scripture, research, and great truth, this book is easily the best of any book by Piper that I've read. He uses much compassion to talk about Christian's who lack joy at times, even suggesting that he, himself, is in a constant fight for joy. And while a majority of...