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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Desiring God DVD Study Guide

    Today I am reviewing a DVD and its study guide by John Piper.
    The DVD /Study Guide is called Desiring God- Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God I could not wait to pop the DVD in and review this study when I got it. I sat and took it all in. I mean who can't use a little more joy and desiring of God in their life. I sat and listened to the seminar that is based on a series of sermons that John Piper preached in the1980's and he then wrote a book called Desiring God in 1986. The sermons are as relevant today as they were then. I realized shortly into watching the seminar and reading the study guide that this might be harder to do than I thought. John started this seminar lesson with "It is better to give than receive". Mr. Piper speaks on many lessons that are about what it is to have Christian Hedonism, he gives you the definition of it and later he goes into how to walk in Christian Hedonism. Mr. Piper has a study guide that goes with every lesson in the seminar on the DVD. The study guide is a very detailed with questions that really make you reflect and of course Bible readings as well. This is a 12 week study. I will be doing a more detailed study after this review I don't want to miss something because I have my mind on the review of this. As I watched the DVDs (the study comes with two DVDS and a study guide) I took note that he had a powerful message. He was very educated and I like that he gave a biography of different times of his life. He deals with the fact that this will be a struggle for us before we get joy. I liked this DVD study Guide set. I got a lot out of the reviewing this product. If you are new in your Christian walk this is a good study for you. If you are in the middle of your walk God this is a good one for you. If you think your relationship with God is perfect right were it is at, I still think you can learn from this DVD/Study Guide. This is one of those re-read studies years after your first study. I give it five stars. I would like to thank Waterbrook Multonomah for allowing me to review this. They provided me with this free in exchange for writing a review. The opinions are my own. It was truly an honor to review Mr. Piper's work.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    It took way too long to finish an analysis on John Piper's book titled "Desiring God". I first want to start out by pointing out that this book is a good read, however, its a long read, with great amounts of scripture to off set John's grand thesis of Christian Hedonism.

    Christian Hedonism is what this book hinges on, and in his arguements he goes to great lengths to have us as the reader understand that being a Christian allows us the opportunity to take great joy in the Lord. He even goes as far as to say that taking joy in the Lord, in all circumstances is actually a commandment, and that in doing so we fully understand the character of the Lord. John Piper invites us to fight the temptation to make our faith a religion, and maintain it as a relationship full of affections and Love for our Father and maker in heaven.

    Overall I think he is spot on and takes a swing at the ultra conservatism that has almost quenched the Holy Spirit, making Christianity lifeless, cold and often distant for many. The life blood of Christianity is a faith in a Savior, who in obedience, joyfully followed his Father's every command. It wasn't merely dutiful, it was a pleasure and a joy.

    It is with great pleasure that we as Christians are allowed to share in his glory, no matter the trial, tribulation or triumph. Our God is victorious always and thus, we have an eternal perspective that gives us hope, which strenghthens faith.

    If you are looking for a quick read steer clear. Give yourself a good couple of weeks to dive into this book, its a good read, and is intellectually stimulating.This is recommended for the Christian yearning to feast on something other than spiritual milk (which, by the way, is alright for anyone, in any stage of their walk).

    God Bless

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