Johnson, Jeffrey D.
Author Jeffrey Johnson begins The Pursuit of Glory with this observation: “You and I are looking for something. Though we may not know exactly what it is, we continue to search for it. What is it? It is glory.” Explaining this pursuit as part of our human condition, the author considers the ways we try to fill that empty place in our hearts through happiness, purpose, freedom, companionship, truth, peace, holiness, and life. He shows us, from Scripture and personal experiences, why and how we will ultimately find satisfaction when our search leads us to the glory of God. Each chapter includes questions for further thought, making this an engaging and useful book both for individuals and groups.
“Author Jeffrey Johnson concludes in The Pursuit of Glory that we are all searching for something. He is right. Every person who has ever lived is on a journey to find something of meaning and value in life. What are you pursuing—happiness, freedom, companionship, truth? The key to this search, as you will read in this book, is much more than ‘what’ you are looking for. Actually, the ‘Who’ of your search is all important. If you are honestly searching for the meaning and value of life as it is truly to be lived, read this volume from cover to cover. It will point you to finding glory in knowing Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who will give you purpose for your life now and hope for eternal life to come.”
—Lance Quinn, senior pastor, Bethany Church, Thousand Oaks, California
“Jeffrey Johnson has provided a marvelously helpful little book that focuses on the real heart issues of life. This is an excellent book to give to both unbelievers and believers. As I read, I easily saw how this book could be used in evangelism as well as in basic counseling situations. It is well written, straightforward, pastorally wise, and full of Scripture. This book is a wonderfully useful tool in helping us get to the issues that drive our hearts and to see the all-satisfying Christ as the ultimate goal of all our pursuits. May the Lord use it to bring many to Himself and strengthen many of His children in a closer walk with Him.”
—Brian Borgman, author of Feelings and Faith
“The Pursuit of Glory is must reading for every Christian. In it Jeffrey Johnson conveys major aspects of Christian living as they relate to glory. His topic is unusual, as it is often thought that only God has glory. Read with faith and know you too may pursue glory—for God is glory!”
—Jay Adams, author of Competent to Counsel
“This book gives an expanded exposition of the Augustinian summary of human purpose, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” Jeff Johnson wants the reader to experience satisfaction in this universal quest. He is not proposing some secret, mystical incantation or detachment from reality, but points to the plainly revealed, clearly proposed gospel of the birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. He is the one in whom all the fullness of the godhead dwells in bodily form. If we would find glory and all its accompanying values, we will find them only in Christ. That is the driving purpose and the clear message of this book. ‘Take and read.’”
—Tom Nettles, from the foreword
“What does your heart yearn for? What do the hearts of those you work with, live with, and serve yearn for? Jeff Johnson’s Pursuit of Glory shines a spotlight on common desires that bubble up in all of us and often spill over, making a mess in our lives and in the lives of those we care about. He shows how the pursuit of glory, happiness, purpose, freedom, companionship, truth, peace, holiness, and life are created in us but can be satisfied only in Christ. Johnson illustrates our flawed ambitions to satisfy each of these desires from his rich background of life and ministry experiences. He presents these so that any of us can become more keenly aware of our own hearts. But I see richness here too for caring brothers and sisters who want to help others realign their hearts and lives with God’s freeing grace after suffering from the world’s, the flesh’s, or the devil’s seductive prescriptions.”
—Rick Horne, author of Get Offa My Case, Godly Parenting of an Angry Teen, and Get Outta My Face! How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel
1. The Pursuit of Glory
2. The Pursuit of Happiness
3. The Pursuit of Purpose
4. The Pursuit of Freedom
5. The Pursuit of Companionship
6. The Pursuit of Truth
7. The Pursuit of Peace
8. The Pursuit of Holiness
9. The Pursuit of Life
About the Author:
Jeffrey D. Johnson is a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas.