Many times I have been asked, "Sam, what are the ten best books you've ever read?" Or some will ask, "What ten books most influenced your life and theology?" Some people just want to know what they should be reading on any particular topic. So I have decided to provide on the website a regular list of books that I recommend for your reading. Every few weeks I will list three to five books, with brief comments on why I think they are worthy of your time and effort. I want to begin with my top thirty. I couldn't stop with just ten!
1) Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (Multnomah Press), by John Piper.
On a number of occasions I have commented on how powerfully this book has affected my life and thinking. The concept of Christian Hedonism can be reduced to three principles: First, the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Second, the God of the Bible takes greater delight in meeting needs than in making demands. Third, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. No Christian should be permitted to depart this life without having read Piper. [O.K., so I tend to exaggerate a little. But you still need to read it!]