March 22, 2011

Reading Through Desiring God With John Piper

Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
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I have started to read through Desiring God by John Piper more than a couple of times.  I would start the book, but at some point, though I would be completely unaware of this moment, the book ended up back on the shelf. I don't want you to get the wrong impression though, I didn't sit the book down because it wasn't interesting or because of poor writing that didn't "just grab my attention."  On the contrary, the book usually ended up on the shelf because it required more thought.  It wasn't, for me, a book that I could just pick up and read a few pages in my free time, I knew I would have to plow through this one with extended thought, purposeful intent, and an intellectual curiosity.

With all of that said, I am going to pick this book up again, and here is why: (From the Desiring God Site)

Beginning Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 12:00-1:00 PM (EST) John Piper will be hosting a series of five interactive roundtable discussions with the guys at Bethlehem College and Seminary based on his book Desiring God. And we’re live-streaming it on the web. 
This is a great opportunity to reacquaint yourself with Desiring God, or to read it for the very first time (and with John Piper leading the discussion!).  
If you’re unable to join us for the live-stream, we’re rebroadcasting the video and audio the same day at 3:00 PM (EST). A perfect lunch break. Or, consider watching the video with a small group in the evenings, working through the book together.
Here is a little video of John Piper giving an additional explanation:



If you hurry, they may still be giving away free copies of the book.  Go to this link and scroll down the page.