Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Desiring God (10 Part DVD Series)

Periodically (once ever month or so) I will be reviewing a book for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. This is my third review I hope you find it helpful.

We will be back to Galatians in a few days (chapter 4).

I was very excited about the opportunity of reviewing the 10-part video series by John Piper on “Desiring God.” In one statement, the goal of the video (as with the book by the same title) is for you to come to understand the statement: "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him," Which Piper calls “Christian Hedonism.” To that end, the video succeeded.

Being that I have never read the book from cover to cover (350+ pages), I thought this would be a great way of getting the book in video form, but that turned out to not exactly be the case. The video series is basically ten 30-minute (or less) sessions on the same subject as his book but in much less detail. Up to now, I have read many articles, skimmed the book, and listened to audio messages on the subject by Piper, but the video series has motivated me to read the book since I now know the book is much more thorough teaching on the subject. Note: I am reading the book now, it is very good.

It’s a good video series in a lecture style teaching. He walks you through the basics on the statement:"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him," which Piper calls “Christian Hedonism.” I would recommend it for people you can’t get to read the book (yet), and for those who are new to the whole idea of “Christian Hedonism.” I believe the video will be quite liberating to those people and aid in a closer relationship with the Lord.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this DVD from Multnomah in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.