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Monday, July 20, 2015

Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter In A Godless Culture / Giveaway!

About the author:
Dr. Larry Osborne has served as a senior pastor and teaching pastor at North Coast Church---one of the ten most influential churches in the country---since 1980. Dr. Osborne is the author of numerous books, includingAccidental Pharisees. He and his wife live in Oceanside, California. They have three grown children.

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About the book: 
Thriving in Babylon
 (David C. Cook, April 2015)

Meet a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. He faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed.

Sound familiar? His name was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it. Though he lived thousands of years ago, he has a much to teach us today.

Even in Babylon, God is in control.

In Thriving in Babylon, Larry Osborne explores the "adult" story of Daniel to help us not only survive - but actually thrive in an increasingly godless culture. Here Pastor Osborne looks at:

-Why panic and despair are never from God
-What true optimism looks like
-How humility disarms even our greatest of enemies
-Why respect causes even those who will have nothing to do with God to listen
-How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat
For those who know Jesus and understand the full implications of the cross, the resurrection, and the promises of Jesus, everything changes---not only in us, but also in our world.

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My Thoughts:
Thriving In Babylon is a timely message for the times in which we live.  Osborne uses the Biblical story of Daniel as the foundation of the thoughts he shares in the book.  
"We live in a world gone haywire.  Our moral fabric seems to be decaying at breakneck speed.  Things that were once shamefully hidden are now publicly celebrated.  The previously unimaginable has become common place.  In a few short decades our culture's response to Bible-believing Christians has gone from grudging respect, to a patronizing pat on the head, to a marginalizing indifference, to outright hostility. Yet Daniel steps into our confusion and fear with a book that contains the life-changing rebukes, correction, and training i righteousness we so desperately need. He offers us a model for not only surviving but actually thriving in the midst of a godless environment."
Osborne spends the nearly 200 pages of his book helping readers understand Daniel as a man of hope, humility and wisdom and how his example can help believing Christ followers have courage, credibility and perspective in the most troubling of times.

Osborne has lots of good and biblically sound things to share in his book.  I appreciated how his thoughts on almost every page were directly linked to Scripture in the footnotes so readers have the chance to go to God's Word themselves to see that Osborne's thoughts are lining up with Scripture.

The only real criticism I have is Osborne's writing style.  Much of what he shares is given in a very sarcastic tone, which for me was off putting enough to give the book 4 stars rather than 5.  I just felt his sarcasm at times took away from the serious nature of the very important points he was attempting to get across. If this type thing doesn't bother you, you will be greatly encouraged and equipped by reading Thriving In Babylon.

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving this review.  all opinions are my own.

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