The Dangerous Duty of Delight – Review
This is a small book, barely over 80 pages, but it is packed with truth. It is essentially a condensed version of Piper’s famous work Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. I always recommend that folks read this when they start off with Piper because they will get the gist of what he saying in a very short time. This short read should take you no more than 90 minutes, but it is capable of being used by the Holy Spirit to affect change in many lives. For anyone interested in a very well put together theological work accesible to all, this is the best place to start.
Some of my favorite thoughts from the book:
“Jesus is not safe, but he is satisfying!”
“The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever.”
“We are far too easily pleased” (Lewis).
The three part prescription for lack of joy in obedience: “First, confess the sin of joylessness. . . . Second, pray earnestly that God would restore the joy of obedience. . . . . Third, go ahead and do the outward dimension of your duty in the hope that the doing will rekindle the delight.”
This small book packs a big punch, and I highly recommend to all (especially those new to Piper). This is one of five books that I pick up anytime I find a good copy for a decent price because it is one that should be shared again and again.
My recommendation for the top 5 Piper books you should read first, in order: