(Book Review) Trivial Pursuits

Trivial Pursuits

Trivial Pursuits

Reviewed by: Adam Kelly, writing student


Title: Trivial Pursuits: Why Your Real Life is More Than Media, Money, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Author:  Ian Diorio

Publisher: Baker Books

Publication Date: April 2014

Format: Print Book

Length: 183 pages


Diorio uses his unique journey from being a Los Angeles disc jockey to a Christian apologist as the basis for his connection to media, money, and the pursuit of happiness. He believes American society has evolved into a culture that does not mesh well with spirituality. Society has turned, instead, to technology and consumerism to find happiness, to try to fill the hole that can only be filled by knowing the one true God. Churches have not corrected that view because many congregations have changed aspects of their services to fit society’s preferences instead of holding firm to the Gospel message. Death is the one thing that can force change in people, since no one wants to die.  Diorio insists that life should be worth more than shallow temporal pursuits. The way to cheat death is not to live life to the hilt but to accept eternal life though Christ the Savior.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 out of 5

Suggested Audience

Adults, especially those 21-28

Christian Impact

The book questions the churches’ view on culture and how it affects the church. It is a call to give up being dominated by technology and consumerism.


Drug use and violence are explored in this book in a mature, direct, but honest way.

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One Response to “(Book Review) Trivial Pursuits”

  1. lc1kc2@comcast.net Reply January 13, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I would like permission to use the Lynn Austin review in a monthly article I write for our church newsletter.

    Kathy Carlson

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