The main point is this: “The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever”.
Now granted, I admit I went at this book with a bit of a hesitant presupposition due to some recent events in his ministry inviting a seeker-sensitive type to speak at a conference.
Nonetheless, I remained convinced this book as it stands is solid and recommendable.
Piper unfolds the Reformed theology of a God-centered God Who is in the business of creating white-hot worshippers, with precision and clarity. He draws heavily on the writings of such time-honored theologians as Blaise Pascal, C.S. Lewis, and Jonathan Edwards. I found this book compelling and deeply satisfying. Piper DOES care ahout holiness and self-denial and suffering – but he is thoroughly convinced that the Bible does not teach self-denial as an end in itself, but as a means to obtaining the joy that is in God. For those who are stuck in the muck and mire of legalistic, joy-killing, duty-oriented religion, this book will be a liberating breath of the Grace of God.
Because “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
If you check it out, look closely at the above statement and ask why we should be so satisfied, I think Piper explains it biblically, but don’t believe me, open up the Word as the Bereans did.
A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for the review, a positive review was not required.