I started reading "When I Don't Desire God" by John Piper last week. Though, I am just in the second chapter, I feel this book will be excellent! I started writing down notes and quotes that I really like and don't want to forget!
"Love is not a mere choice to move the body or the brain. Love is also an experience of the heart. So the stakes are very high. Christ is to be cherished, not just chosen. The alternatives is to be cursed, Therefore, life is serious." -John Piper
"The fight for joy in Christ is not a fight to soften the cushion of Western comforts. It is a fight for strength to live a self-sacrificing love. It is a fight to join Jesus on the Calvary road and to stay there with Him; no matter what. How was He sustained on that road? 'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.' Hebrews 12:2 The key to endurance in the cause of self-sacrificing love is not heroic will power, but deep, unshakable confidence that the joy we have tasted in fellowship with Christ will not disappoint us in death. Sacrifices in the path of love were sustained in the New Testament not by will power, but by joyful Hope. 'You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.' Hebrews 10:34