The Pleasures Of God was recently re-released with a whole new cover and a few revisions and changes, none that diminish this classic work. John Piper was influenced by Henry Scougal's book "The Life of God in the Soul of Man" being deeply moved by Scougal's work, Piper discovered new life and inspiration to put The Pleasures of God together. I'm thankful that he did, this work shouts clearly the love of God and all that He has done in the sending of His Son. Do your soul a favor and pick up a copy of The Pleasures of God, it's worth the time you'll invest in reading it. Here's just a sample of what you'll find inside.
"The Son was bruised because God-dishonoring sin could not be ignored. And why couldn't it be ignored? Why couldn't God just let bygones be bygones? Because God loves the honor of His name. He will not act as though sin, which belittles His glory, didn't matter. It cannot simply be swept under the rug of the universe, as though nothing awesome were at stake. The judge of all the earth will do right (Genesis 18:25). He will judge the world in righteousness (Psalm 9:8).
So God the Father makes an agreement with His Son that He will demonstrate to all the world the infinite worth of the Father's glory. How? By taking the punishment and suffering that our sin deserved." - Pg. 145