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This is really two books in one. The second part is Jonathan Edward’s work, The End for Which God Created the World. The first part is John Piper’s thoughts, experiences, analysis, and explanation of Edwards’ work. The Edwards text is dense and should be read carefully. They have preserved the text but added some things, such as paragraph numbers, headings, definitions, and footnotes. These editorial additions serve to make the text more readable.
Edwards labors some in the first part of his treatise where he pushes out his reasoning to conclusions. The latter part of his work turns more to the Scripture for foundation and is frankly easier to follow. Edwards first part is important, but the second part is the real meat. It is worth the labor for the section near the end where he gives the scriptural scope and meaning of God’s glory.
Piper’s introductory work helps us understand Edwards more quickly and fully, particularly if you are not familiar with Edwards or with working through such dense material. This is not light reading. It is substantial and weighty, but it will pay dividends again and again in your life. I recommend it.