Los Deleites de Dios: Meditaciones Acerca del Placer Que Siente Dios en Ser Dios

ISBN: 0829746854
ISBN 13: 9780829746853
By: John Piper

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SPANISH EDITION. You really don't know somebody until you know what makes them happy. From a theological view, Pastor John Piper shares the Biblical evidence which will help us see and feel what the things that please God show us about Him in order that we may become more like Him. What the church and the world need today more than anything is to know and love the great, glorious, sovereign and joyful God of the Bible.

Reader's Thoughts

Toby Knoblauch

What should I say? John Piper on the sovereignty of God. It doesn't get any better than this. Granted, John Piper's style is not everybody's cup of tea as it tends to be a little bit too academic. Well, there is always CH Spurgeon to resort to for simpler, more powerful language. But in regards to a thorough study of and presentation of God's delight in His Son and in the election of the saints there is nobody alive who does a better job than John Piper!


My mothers favourite book- she wrote this about it in the flyleaf of a copy sent to friends before she died: "Other than the Scriptures, no book has brought such sheer delight to my soul as this one. It is not to be consumed in one sitting, but read one delicious section at a time; to be chwed on, ruminated upon before going on to the next juicy morsel! My hope and prayer is that this book will encourage your heart to delight even more, and cherish with greater passion, the God, who in loving abandon, took upon Himself human flesh. For our God and His Glory! Love, Susan (Becker) "


Saying I have a love-hate relationship with John Piper would be too strong a statement. It's more a love-meh relationship. I love his preaching- heck, I'd be willing to say that in my opinion he's easily the best living preacher. But I've regularly found his books to be, well, meh. Not that they're theologically bad, it's just that they're long and dry and only really work if you read them in his voice in your head, and that gets tiring after a while. So I picked up The Pleasures of God (provided free by the publisher on the condition that I write a review- not necessarily a good one) with no more than moderate expectations. The book lived up to my expectations.Summary: The Pleasures of God is about just that: what makes God happy? To that end, Piper broke the book into two sections: 1) The pleasure of God in Himself (in Jesus, in His actions, in creation, in His own Glory); 2) the pleasure of God in His people (in election, in justification, in providence, in our prayer, in our obedience).Analysis: Like pretty much every Piper book I've ever read, it's theologically correct, full of wonderful insights, dry, and about a hundred pages longer than it really needs to be. Also, it is about how God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.Who Should Read This Book: People who will likely never pick up Jonathan Edwards. Really, The Pleasures of God is an interpretation of Edwards' theology in The End for which God Created the World.  Which is a dense and difficult book that most people will never even start, let alone finish. Even though this book is longer, it's a much easier read and the place to begin if you want to get the gist of Edwards' ideas.Who Should Not Read This Book: People who've read more than three of Piper's other books, or who've never had any encounter with Piper before. If you've read a good number of Piper's books, you know that he just applies the same theme (God's Glory) to different topics. Which isn't a bad thing, of course. It just means that after a while it gets repetitive. On the other hand, if you've never encountered Piper, his books just aren't the place to start. I recommend getting on his website (www.desiringgod.org) and listening to a few of his sermons. If you enjoy them, pick up the book and give it a read.Having said all of that, the idea behind the book is a critical one for modern Christianity. Especially in modern America, where our idea of God bounces between a kindly, inept grandfather figure and a buddy who mildly approves of everything we do, Piper's revelation of the Biblical theme that God is ultimately delighted in Himself, rather than in us. So I suppose technically another category of people Who Should Read This Book  is that of those modern Americans who've bought into the various lies about God that modern American culture shills to us 24/7...Overall, this is a worthwhile read, and very useful as a devotional. I recommend reading it with a group and taking advantage of the study guide in the back.


God Glorifying and rich biblical truth dealing with Gods nature and character. As well as a good chapter on the "two wills" of God that opens up tons of questions and maybe some answers on whether Gods will is more directed to what he wants or what he actually does. Great for a pastor or for a arm chair theologian like myself. Expand you view of God with this book!


This is a theological treat that only lures the believing heart into a deeper intimacy with Christ. Helping us understand what our great God takes pleasure in, Piper really emboldens and gives weight to the evangelical taglines that the church claims to understand; things like "Jesus loves you," and "Jesus saved me." Offering us an overcooked steak dinner, we could chew on the truths presented in this book until our devotional jaws are sore. Books like these completely dismantle the erroneous claim that love of doctrine and love of Jesus are somehow separate in their nature.

Rex Blackburn

wow....when I was reading the first half of the book, I was nodding in agreement with Piper's theological assertions, but I found the book a bit lackluster in its ability to really penetrate my heart and help my joy...I could assent to his truths but didnt really feel them in my gut.then the second half of the book happened. Read this book. Whether or not God is a happy God has great ramifications on my daily life. My attitude, my joy, my satisfaction--these are all directly affected by my view of God. John Piper uses a lo of Scripture to determine that God is a joyful God who finds His affection and worth in Himself. How does this truth help me??....pick up Pleasures of God and find out :)Im so thankful for John Piper and his ministry. Hes been the single most important living influence on my life.

J. Alfred

Pretty rigorous examination of what it is that God loves, and, in that we are called to be imitators of God, what we should endevor to love. Very cool set-up that assures the reader that the main character of the big story is God, not him. The focus on God's glory, and His passion for His glory, is interesting, to say the least. My prayer life has looked significantly different since I started the book. It's a good'n.

Darren Sapp

John Piper wrote this book stating that, "one way to meditate on the Excellency of God is to meditate on His [God's] pleasures." The pleasures of God in His creation, fame, Son, and yes, even in the bruising of his Son are thoroughly exposed in this book. Reading this will drive you to the Scriptures and the appreciation for God's glory rather than ours.

Marcelo Vg

Delicado el deleite de Dios en la predestinación..

Heath Marion

This a great theological book. From the beginning of the book the reader is challenged with this statement, "There never has been an era when too many people thought too deeply about God or knew him too well. It is impossible to know God too well." The pursuit of this book is to understand, "The good news of God’s gladness in being God.”Each chapter heightens the understanding of what God finds pleasure in. It may take readers by surprise to read that God has joy in "His Creation," "His Fame," and "In Bruising the Son." All of which are partial quotes of the chapter titles.While this book was written a few years after Desiring God, Piper's first book, he mentions this book lays the theological groundwork for the first book. Piper continues to challenge readers to think long and hard about their theology. He writes, “I recall hearing one of my professors in seminary say that one of the best tests of a person's theology was the effect it has on one's prayers.” For Piper, when you understanding God impacts everything else in life.One of my favorite parts is how Piper handles the topic of sin. God has great pleasure in forgiving sin because it demonstrates how wonderful He is. “Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.” As we understand sin and grace we are then free to enjoy God the way we were created to.For Piper, the quest to know God is the great quest. God is not seen as a distant deity, but one that can be known. "Yet he is known in and through created reality, which is known naturally. Therefore the glory of God is exalted most not when we know God apart from observation and reading and study, but when we know God as a result of his free and gracious self-revelation in and through our earnest observation of and meditation on his work and Word in history."If you are looking to think, to be strengthened in your faith, I recommend this book. You may not agree with everything, but you certainly will have a higher view of God after reading this book.

John Rabe

Perhaps the best book from my favorite Christian author. In an age of man-centered theology, Piper mines the rich biblical teachings on the God-centeredness of God. Understanding God's delight in being God is the key to understanding our part in God's plan.

Jacob Hickson

Piper is brilliant and blessed in his treatise on God's love for His own glory. The perspective, though not new, is a crucial and wonderful part of the current back-to-the-gospel movement. love to see the glory of God so elegantly magnified in prose.


God has used this book to transform my life. Of course it is only one of many things He used and I cannot promise the same results to you, but is is a very worth-while read. It helped me to see that my view of the gospel was way too self-focused. It shifted my theology and made it way more God focused, and the more I meditate on the delight of God in Himself the more I delight in delighting in Him! But this book is not for the faint hearted, or the uninterested... I mean I wrestled, pondered, meditated, and rejoiced. It's one of my all time favorites.

Zachary Thomas

Wow this is a great book! Piper is a amazing writer fitting together every chapter to give the big picture.. What God takes pleasure in.. He relates stories of his life and illustrations in order to bring his point across. This will be one that I need to read over and over again in order to soak up all the great insight piper sees in scripture.


What a powerful book! It brought me closer to God and inspired me to live for Him in all honesty and strength. It's one I should read over and over again, just to recharge my soul in its emotional fuel. Christians, rejoice that there exists such books as these that expose God's glory in its shameless entirety.

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