I have been reading Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God by Sam Storms for the last few months. Granted, I’ve been away on vacation part of that time. This book was part of my 20 minutes a day plan that Piper recommends for reading. I try to do a chapter a day, but sometimes stuff happens.
It would be easy to just pass this off as rehashed Piper- but it isn’t. I’m glad I read this book, and was challenged by this book. Sam is trying to get to the heart, or core, of Christianity. For him, like Piper (and Owens, Edwards, Calvin etc) it is about enjoying God in Jesus the Messiah.
Sadly we live in a day when there are many counterfeit Christianities running amuck. Legalism is afoot, turning churches into pits of joyless, rule-keeping religion. Worldliness is also afoot, turning faith into a scheme to get what I want. Christianity is about Jesus giving you a passionate desire to seek your pleasure in Jesus and His kingdom. That will change how we live- but transforming obedience into the joyful response of love for God. It will change where we seek our pleasure to finding joy in picking up our cross daily and following Jesus for the joy that is before us.
Sam fleshes this out in terms of things like sex and integrity, the anatomy of temptation and the zeal of God. He includes helpful discussions of spiritual disciplines like fasting and meditation. This is a helpful book for those who are struggling with a joyless faith.