Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving
By Paula Huston
“No other religion came into being through an act of forgiveness.” xvi
“The vengeance cycle can only be broken by humility.” 38
“When self-esteem is our primary goal, we learn to see ourselves and our own concerns as ultimate; we lose our sense of awe in the face of the divine.” 42
“Purity of heart means that every desire is for the same thing: God….Purity of heart refers to that joyful sense of being in which we can freely love the good things of life without losing sight of our North Star.” 71-72
by John Piper
Desiring God fanned the flame of my love for Christ and taught me much. Piper, who calls himself a Christian Hedonist, beautifully details the doctrine of the supremacy of Christ. He says that “the deepest and most enduring happiness is found in God. Not from God but in God.” His passionate descriptions of God and worship attest to this and raise the level of the readers’ desire for God and experience of worship. The supremacy of Christ is beautifully defined and worshipfully experienced.
Piper’s thoughts about false teaching, indifference and accountability in the church are also helpful and well said. It also delighted me to read Piper’s views on worship and missions.
“Mission is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.
exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate,
not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over and the
countless millions of redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God,
missions will be no more. It’s a temporary necessity. But worship abides
This book is a classic and one to be read over and over.
“The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.” John 4:23