At the heart of the Christian life lies the tension of the single-minded pursuit of the glory of God and the deep enjoyment of the things that God has made. How can Christians enjoy the good things of earth? Whether it’s a delicious meal or a game night with friends, listening to jazz or watching baseball, earthly joys often seem to compete with a deep love for God. Scripture supports both the enjoyment of the Creator and the enjoyment of the creation, revealing that this tension in the Christian life is also found in the Bible. In this accessible book, Joe Rigney displays how Christians can delight in God and enjoy his good gifts.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What the Heavens Declare Chapter 2: Pleasures in the Garden Chapter 3: Enjoy God in Everything Chapter 4: Anchor Points Chapter 5: Denying Ourselves and Sharing Our Riches Chapter 6: When the Things of Earth Are Lost Chapter 7: Treasure in the Field
“Many of us are illiterate when it comes to reading anything other than a book. Joe follows Scripture’s example by teaching us how to read the world, the creation, and the gifts of God under the authority of the word of God. This is an important book and I hope you’ll read it.”
--- Abigail Dodds,author, (A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ
“God’s passion for his glory and our ache to be truly happy are not at odds but rather one life-changing pursuit. And so too with God himself and the world he made—not at odds but rather God means for us to enjoy him in everything, and everything in him. It sounds so simple, but in our finitude and fallenness, we are so prone to get tripped up over this. For years, Joe Rigney has handled this dilemma as well as anyone I’m aware of, and now he does it with even more focus and accessibility. I’ve eagerly awaited this short book with its life-changing vision, and I could hardly be more excited that it’s finally here.”
--- David Mathis,Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author,Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines