Desiring God: Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God
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In this DVD version of Desiring God—the classic description of Christian hedonism—John Piper explains how the supreme calling of life is to "glorify God by enjoying Him forever."
Drawing upon Scripture after Scripture, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God and, in what may be surprising to some, how God is ready to pursue with all His might our pleasure in Him! The implications of this truth are discussed in regard to conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
In ten sessions Piper teaches on:
• One Great Mission and Motivation
• A Summary of Christian Hedonism
• The Foundation of Christian Hedonism
• The Essence of Christian Hedonism
• The Grand Obligation
• How Then Shall We Fight for Joy?
Recorded in HD with subtitles in English, these video sessions are ideal for use in adult and youth Sunday-school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, and families. To get the most from this resource, use it along with the Desiring God DVD Study Guide.
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In this dvd study, Piper shows us what he means by desiring God. "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." This is the mantra of Piper's life and ministry. Piper sets the foundation for Christian hedonism by walking us through the influences (mainly scripture) that formed his thinking. He moves on to how this impacts our lives. Finally, he gives us instruction on how to keep the desire burning.
This presentation is saturated with scripture and practical, personal examples. If you have ever heard Piper you know that he is a gifted communicator. This presentation is no exception. My six year old daughter insisted in watching the whole ten-part series with me. The picture is excellent and the audio was flawless. You can hear every word and inflection but it is not so sensitive that you hear every nose whistle.
One word of caution: this is but a bird's eye view of the book. There were many verses and quotes that Piper simply did not have time to present. It will leave you wanting more. For that I would recommend the book. Even if you have already read the book you will benefit from hearing this straight from the man in all his passion for the subject.
I received this DVD series for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Content: 2 dvds (10 sessions) each session is 20-30 minutes in length
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 a little 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 be 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.
For the purpose of review I only viewed the first three sessions of the DVD series:
1. One Great Mission and Motivation
2. A Summary of Christian Hedonism
3. The Foundations of Christian Hedonism
It is my goal to work through the rest of the series over the next couple of months and then gift this DVD and Study to my church, for use in their Men's and Women's Bible Study and Small Group programs. For the sake of review I viewed Desiring God with my husband, as well as on my own.
One of my most favorite quotes from John Piper is "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him" is from Desiring God. As simple of a statement as this is, it packs a punch. I am primarily a visual learner so it was really great to view the DVD of Piper preacher a series of messages based on Desiring God. It made the points in the book come to life, and helps me recollect the points a lot better.
Desiring God will bring through a journey to a point that you will realize you can't glorify God if you don't have joy in Him. Pure and simple. An easy statement to say and read but not always easy to live out. However, Piper does a fantastic job at showing us how to have a true and deep desire for our God, that will truly change the way we look at our relationship with HIm! If you want to learn how to praise God over all things more than you do, I cannot suggest Desiring God enough! Perfect for individual, group and church studies for sure.
I highly recommend both the Desiring God book (it's the 25th anniversary of its release this year), and the DVD/Study Guide.