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The Prodigal God Discussion Guide with DVD: Finding Your Place at the Table
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2015
The dvd sessions are not as advertised. I purchased the dvd and discussion guide to use for a small group Bible study. We have some barely-literate adults in the study, so I prefer to use dvd's rather than books. I purchases this dvd expecting to find six sessions of Keller's simple teaching relating to The Prodigal God. Unfortunately, the dvd actually contains only one session of 38 minutes. The following five "sessions" were each 1-2 minute clips from the original 38 minute session! The dvd simply does not contain the six sessions as advertised on this website and the cover of the dvd.

Further, the discussion guide assumes with each session that the participants are reading Keller's book "The Prodigal God." The first discussion question for each session asks, "What did you learn by reading chapter [x] this week?" The questions are thus more connected to the book than the dvd. There is, therefore, no way to use this dvd and discussion guide without each person in the group purchasing and reading the book, and if each person purchases and reads the book, then the dvd has very little to add. This means that for our Bible study group, we had to decide between either buying and reading the books, or discarding the study altogether.

In general, I have a high regard for Keller's teachings and writings. Unfortunately, this dvd and discussion guide seem to be a publisher's shady ploy to maximize the profitability of his Prodigal God book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2014
This was supposed to be a six-session video. It's one28 minute video and 5 one-minute review clips. Did not meet my expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2014
A really profound interpretation of the "Prodigal Son" parable, and I believe the accurate interpretation. A few times in my life I've heard a teaching that has turned the traditional interpretation on its head, and I can immediately see how much better this translation fits the context. This is one of those times. The first 10 minutes or so of the video seemed a little slow, as in, "Okay, I've heard this a million times before," but then he started pulling apart the parable and then he had my complete attention.

I wouldn't say the study guide is worth it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
This has been such a great tool for our church small group. Tim Keller is a profound speaker of truth and has created something that is really beneficial in growing hearts and bringing every person back to the loving father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2015
It was lacking any doable information to conduct a Bible Study...which is why I bought it. Very disappointed
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on February 27, 2015
I love this study guide for Prodigal God. The content and discussion questions are great, but the page numbers do not correlate with my paperback copy of the book. Maybe it was written to go along with the hardback book? Also, note that the DVD is only one Tim Keller sermon, then a tiny clip from the sermon goes along with each week of study. We have saved the sermon for last: to conclude the study we're going to have a nice supper together, discuss the feast of God, and watch the sermon!
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on May 10, 2015
Excellent study that provides an in-depth look at the younger son and older sons revealing that it is not only the younger son who was living in rebellion to the father, but also the elder son whose self-righteous approach to obedience was equally sinful. Tim Keller points out that in the end the younger son who was living in obvious disobedience reconciled with the father while the elder son did not. You'll get fresh insight into your own Christian life through this parable
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You will understand this parable deeper than you can imagine. Timothy Keller did an excellent job depicting the cast of characters in light of the listeners and their responses. I've read this many times and used it in bible studies. Excellent!
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on September 17, 2014
I had read the book, but the DVD continued to make this parable come to life for me.
Highly recommended for anyone serious about getting right with The Father.
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on January 13, 2015
Excellent insight and revelation of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Very good material for group study.
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