“Redeeming Pleasure: How the Pursuit of Pleasure Mirrors Our Hunger for G-d” by Jeremy Jernigan

Redeeming Pleasure: How the Pursuit of Pleasure Mirrors Our Hunger for GodRedeeming Pleasure: How the Pursuit of Pleasure Mirrors Our Hunger for God by Jeremy Jernigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In his book, Jernigan writes about a redeeming pleasure (go figure, from the title). His thesis to the entire book is simple: “by pursuing pleasure on our terms, we actually experience less of it. That’s the deception of pleasure.” So what does that mean? Essentially, as humans in a fallen world, we strive for experiencing pleasure outside of our relationship with HaShem, and as a result, are constantly striving for something we will never actually achieve. Jernigan says that “pleasure itself is not bad,” and he’s right – pleasure, within what G-d intended, is actually quite amazing. And perhaps that’s the goal of this book – to guide readers into learning of pleasure that aligns with the Creator’s intent. Or, maybe, it’s about what the subtitle says it is: “how the pursuit of pleasure mirrors our hunger for G-d.”

When it comes to writing style, Jernigan is easy to read. His words are inviting and make it engaging to continue, yet still challenging to reconsider personal perspectives. And truth be told, this should be expected from Jernigan, the mega-pastor of twelve thousand in Phoenix. In his book, he uses this expert writing style to lead the reader through the different challenges of false pleasures in life, and how true pleasure can be found in Y’shua. This is definitely a book that I have enjoyed reading, so I’m pretty sure that you will too.

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