- Product Review (submitted on December 29, 2009):
- This book was an eye-opener, because I have never seen it taught, or at least emphasized, that God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him. Most books I've read on Christian living emphasize our duties as Christians, and Piper argues that this is off-balance. We obey God and His Word not merely as a duty to be fulfilled for the sake of being obedient, but for the sake of our love for God, and the joy to be found through and as a result of that obedience. Piper effectively illustrates the lacking of the duty-bound mindset by comparing it to a husband giving his wife flowers out of duty rather than out of love. This teaching seems to be largely overlooked in the church today, despite its Scriptural basis as John Piper effectively demonstrates, and it is a blessing to have him proclaiming it. Grover Gardner does a fine job reading the book. He isn't too slow and isn't too fast, and he is very easy to listen to. I was a little disappointed, however, that he did not read the footnotes unless absolutely necessary. The book is not difficult to read or listen to, nor is it difficult to comprehend, and Piper's exposition is especially convincing. I am grateful to have listened to this book. The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.