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Buyer beware - there is only one session!
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.