Becoming Book Club starts TODAY!!

Becoming Book Club Introduction from Cari Trotter on Vimeo.

Hello and welcome to the very first Becoming Online Book Club!!  I have been so very excited about getting started with this and have actually been counting down the days to sharing this INCREDIBLE book by John Piper with you. The title of our summer book is “When I Don’t Desire God” by John Piper and when I first picked it up I will be honest with you….it felt intimidating. However, once I began to dive in I couldn’t put it down. The fight to have Real Joy. If there is one aspect of my life as a follower of Christ I have fought MOST aggressively to maintain it is the desire to know and experience Real Joy.

The back cover of the book had me.

“We all want to experience liberating, love-producing, risk-taking satisfaction in God. But the reality is that we often struggle to find, and hold onto, true and lasting joy – even when we have embraced the good news of God’s grace. So we face a crucial question: What should I do when I don’t desire God?”

Because if you are TRULY giving yourself fully to the life you are living I cannot imagine you wouldn’t come up for air sometimes to process life and wonder two things..

  1. What do you do when you know you LOVE God, but have a hard time desiring God when life just seems so excruciating? 
  2. Am I willing to fight for Real Joy in Jesus?

Those are our discussion questions today as well as journal prompts for this week. I want us to chew over those as we read through the introduction and the first two chapters. This book will make us ask ourselves good questions. Pause long enough to answer them. And PLEASE leave a comment below to share two things….

  1. What city you are in and…
  2. Who you are reading the book with! 

I’ll close today’s post with John’s prayer in the opening…

“Father, I pray that all who’ve read this far will have the motivation and the strength to read on to the end at least as far as would be helpful to their faith. I pray that they would read with understanding. And may they be discerning so that, if I have blundered, they would be sure to see the error and not follow me. Protect them from the evil one who would distort and then deceive. Give great assistance from your Spirit, and may they see more truth than I have seen. Oh, that the eyes of their hearts might be bright with the glory of Christ through these pages! Remove every blinding obstacle, and show them your glory! And thus give them more joy than all the gladness that the world can give. And by this joy in Jesus Christ, fit them to love and serve and sacrifice. And by this joy, with which they bear their cross, Lord, cause the earth to know what you are truly worth. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

Comments

  1. Jenny Lee Hines says:

    I can not wait!! I get my book from the one and only, Amazon!! You are such an inspiration Cari!! Thank you for everything you do! You are a light to my morning every day!

    • cari_trotter says:

      I’m SO thankful for your encouragement. And grateful you are joining in on the Book club! I can’t wait to see all God will uncover for our hearts this summer!

  2. Cari, I am with you and I found John and parts of his book on tube for those who might not want to get the book right away. The prayer is included .. You may have known this already but I found it when you first mentioned it last month. I am thrifty and wanted to check it out.

    • cari_trotter says:

      Great heads up! Thank you! Sounds like those videos could be a great addition to reading through all the AWESOME material Piper has written in each chapter! So glad you’ll be following along with us here!!

  3. Jennie Elverum says:

    Love this! So excited to dive into this book!!!

    • cari_trotter says:

      Friend! XO! Excited for God to uncover all sorts of Joy-filled treasures. Can’t wait to hear all you pull out of the chapters. You’re a gift!

  4. My friends and I are reading this book and following along with you in OKC! We can’t wait to dive into this together. Thank you so much!!

    • cari_trotter says:

      Love it! Praying for your OKC group this second. Thank you for joining in!! May God astound you with GREAT Joy as you read and grow together!

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