Desiring God DVD with John Piper

Desiring God “Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God” DVD focuses on John Piper’s classic description of Christian hedonism, which is defined as “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” It is John Piper’s Desiring God book in seminar form. The DVD is divided into ten sessions each from 19 minutes to 30 minutes long for easy use in small groups, retreats, classrooms, and families. The topics include the foundation and essence of Christian Hedonism and them the practical application. There is also a Desiring God DVD Study Guide available.

I have not read Desiring God by John Piper, but I have heard about it and planned to read it. When this DVD became available, I decided to take a look. I still would like to read Desiring God, but I thought the DVD could benefit those who have a hard time reading nonfiction, like my husband. However, the DVD presentation was disappointing. It was just Pastor Piper presenting his book in a seminar setting. I really had expected more … oh, I don’t know … “hedonism” = “pleasure” in the presentation!! Maybe the lecture may not seem as dry in a small group setting when only one session is watched at a time with discussion to follow. The information was thought provoking (and I wish my husband would have stuck with it and continued to watch so we could have had some good discussions). I REALLY like the last two session, How Then Shall We Fight for Joy, because they included the practical application. In conclusion, I’m unsure of how to rate it, because the material is excellent, but the presentation on the DVD is lacking, especially with the technology available now days.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for Books, Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher’s book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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