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"Spiritual awakening in a book!"
I've been looking for this book for a long time - I just didn't know it.
I've been looking for a book about how to draw nearer to God, how to find out what God wants, how to live a life that will please God.
I know...I know...just read the Bible. I do. I also find that supplemental material from other Christians is very useful.
This is the most useful book about Christianity other than the Bible that I have ever read! After the Bible itself, this would be my number one pick for my bookshelf. Yes - it would even supplant some C.S. Lewis material.
John Piper examines it all - prayer, purpose, and life. He does so under the spotlight of joy - God's joy and our joy. He takes the discussion away from the clutter of theological terminology by focusing on joy - that often overlooked aspect of our faith.
Don't get me wrong. This book is comprehensive and well researched - he often quotes other authors (including C.S. Lewis), and his teaching is Biblically based. He just keeps it focused by concentrating his efforts on the topic of joy. His style is not as conversational as that of some other authors, but he strikes the right chord.
I would recommend this book for anyone. I will be listening to this book again many times over because I think I've just become addicted to true joy.
"Helpful and encouraging"
This book is so helpful when someone you know is going through a very difficult time in life. There are practical applications and encouraging thoughts.
"Must-read for all Christians!"
I am a pastor, and I would honestly say that if you're not living the Christian life out of an overflow of Jesus' joy this book is an absolute must-read. Fantastic work.
"Great read; hope reminding"
Often we seek happiness in place of joy; despair of war or lack of peace in spite of hope abounding. To fight for joy we must latch hold of that which along brings hope which is no mere giddy laughter... We must seek Christ.
The first several chapters about the theology of joy and desire changed my life. And the last chapters on practical application are wonderful. This book normalized my times of lacking joy, showed me that joy in the christian life is something that must be cultivated, and then taught me how to cultivate.
The audio on for this book is a bit difficult to listen to. I would deffinately suggest the book if you can make time to read it. It all you have is listening time than the audio is worth getting.
This is not a book with characters. This is a training and instructional book
The information in this book will definitely cause you to grow in your relationship with God and John Pipers view on the Church and fighting for Joy is inspirational. I would highly recommend that you listen and read the book if you are wanting to consider the joy of serving our great God.
Although I am sure the book is good if read, listening to it with this narrator is next to impossible. I have tried at least 3 times to get into the meat of what John Piper is trying to say, but have been defeated each time by the very dry narration if this book. Too bad in that it defeats the Title of the book.
"Narrator was very dry"
Narrator was very dry and doesn't have any of Pipers enthusiasm. I was able to get through a few chapters but it was like listening to someone read a phone book.
"Good message, but a bit dry"
It had a good message but I found it hard to follow and a bit dry. Had a hard time staying engaged with the narrator.
"The Joy of the Lord is our Strength"
All I'm going to say is, listening to it lead me to buy the book.
Very practical book from John Piper. Perhaps the most practical I have read from him. Lots to learn from his wisdom and insight.
"The fight for joy"
Very focused using God's Word in the fight for joy. Absolutely amazing for spiritual growth.
I've tried to read this book before but not got very far, now I know why. The first half of the book basically deals with why we should desire God and enjoy Him. It's pretty hard going. However, the second half switches to practical things you can do. In some ways it's fairly predictable: read your Bible, pray, meet with other Christians. But there are also things like enjoying creation and the arts, and reading great Christian authors. I found it really did reignite a passion to know God better. And more importantly, it makes it feel attainable rather than something beyond my grasp. It's not going to be the solution to all your problems (it doesn't claim to be), but it certainly helped me.
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