Review of John Piper' Desiring God DVD & Study Guide


Product Details

    • Format: NTSC
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: G (General Audience)
    • Studio: Multnomah Books
    • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
    • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
    • ASIN: 160142311X
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

First let me say when I saw the opportunity to review anything by John Piper I was immediately excited but the DVD series is a unique opportunity for anyone who may lead a small group of any size or merely need to be walked through what John Piper meant when he envisioned Desiring God several years ago.

First I want to cover some logistics of the DVD and study guide. As expected this high quality content worthy of any church or person to invest in to help lay a foundation in their believer’s hearts regarding Desiring God above all other things. The DVD series is broken into 10 manageable segments that cover the scope of what I assume was a workshop offered by Piper and Desiring God. The study book is laid out well with high level overview and questions that guide the user through the series and provoke reflection and point to God with amazement and gratitude.

The overarching benefit of this media format is simply the fact that Piper has taken a hugely popular book and ministry to the masses with guidance through the study guide and personal engagement by way of leading each discussion and lecture himself, adding emphasis and clarity where needed as He intends it to be interpreted as the author.

The main topic throughout the series which is implicit by its title is “DESIRING GOD” what does that mean, what does that look like, and why does that matter? Piper coined the term Christian Hedonism which is the opposite of the hedonism we see in the world. It simply means the source of utmost satisfaction and enjoyment. In the world we see hedonism in materialism, career success, sex and intoxication that people lust for to the detriment of their lives and, by God’s grace, Piper turns it on it’s head and leads us through desiring God above all things, Lusting for His glory, and finding complete enjoyment in His grace with sound biblical doctrine.

I highly recommend this source for small groups or individuals who need to understand the core fundamental idea of praising our Lord and Savior above all things, and the Glory of God being the primary motivation of all things, God’s grace and His Word as something to be savored.

This material was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah free in exchange for an honest review of the material.


4 thoughts on “Review of John Piper' Desiring God DVD & Study Guide

  1. Haven’t heard about John’s downward slide lately? Not exactly someone who you should be endorsing. Look into his cozying up to Rick Warren. He needs to repent and turn his back on that wolf before his reputation and sway leads many people astray.

    • I agree the recent interview with Rick Warren and the invite to Desiring God was not at all in line with John’s historical perspective on theology, and I hope that John was approaching this with humility to gain clarification on what exactly Mr. Warren’s doctrinal positions are, albeit naive to even do so. Mr. Warren is a known chameleon who can shift and change his approach and message quicker than our President if he is not in friendly “purpose driven” territory.

      I whole heartedly believe John Piper, from my little perspective, has remained faithful in his ministry and hope and pray that whatever the outcome of this Rick Warren fiasco that Pipers ministry will remain solidly Christ exalting, reformed and biblically sound and God willing call Warren into repentance…I would be interested in Macarthurs take on these events.

      • Check out Defending Contending’s links on John Piper and you’ll quite clearly understand that Mr. Piper for all his good that he has done has fallen in league with the devil. Can’t beat around the bush here. He KNOWS what Warren believes with his Purpose Driven ideologies and his recent Daniel Plan. He is trying to justify Warren and make him out to be a misunderstood visionary. Take some time and see for yourself.

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