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Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

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Is it possible to lead a godly, successful, and high-impact life while living under the pressures of today's culture? Osborne says yes! Revealing the secrets to Daniel's amazing success, he shows why despair is never from God, how genuine humility disarms even the greatest of enemies, and how the wise carefully pick their battles. 224 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
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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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Dr. Larry Osbornehas 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, including Accidental Pharisees. He and his wife live in Oceanside, California. They have three grown children.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read.
    August 31, 2016
    Loraine
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    Like many Christians, I knew a little about Daniel. What Christian doesnt learn about Daniel and the lions den? Ive also read the book of Daniel a few times and I know the importance of his prophecies in Christianity. I was not sure what to expect when reading this book but I must say that I was really impressed by what was presented and I learned a lot about Daniel. This book put his life in a new perspective for me. From his willingness to honor God when he could lose his life doing so, to the humbleness and strength involved in picking his battles and being a Godly man in a Godless society. This author really got me thinking about how my Christianity furthers Gods cause or detracts from it. I finished this book with a great deal of hope in my heart. If Daniel could thrive in Babylon, then so can we. Great read.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Thriving in Babylon"
    July 30, 2015
    Shoopette
    Indiana
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    In America these days, it does sometimes feels as if we are living in the Babylon of the Bible. I don't always feel this way, but there are definitely times when the blatant animosity towards God and the Bible in our culture is jarring and very upsetting.

    That's one reason I really this book. When I get worried and upset about how things are turning in our society, books like this help to get my focus back to what is important - God, the truth of Scripture, and what we as Christians have been called to do. He calls us to not be reactionary but to be living our lives in such a way that others can't help but see the difference Christ has made.

    The writing style of the author is interesting. It took a bit for me to get used to, but it did keep me engaged throughout, which is something that is really important in a non-fiction book.

    Let the truth of the Bible cause you to take heart - Jesus wins. And that gives us hope as well as an urgency to share the gospel as much as we possibly can.
  3. Indiana
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    Babylon
    July 27, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
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    Read any newspaper, listen or watch TV and it doesnt take anyone too long to realize that our society has gone through a major decline. People are hopeless. Some are applauding actions or remarks that not too distant in the past would not have found an audience. Babylon in our society seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Read the Old Testament passages referring to Babylon to help you understand the reference to life today in America.

    I have noticed an increase in books referring to Babylon and some of them are quite good; others are not. Larry Osborne has written a book with a subtitle, Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture. He is referring to characteristics of a man from ancient times, a young Jewish man who was exiled to Babylon centuries ago. While Daniel underwent intense training in many subjects, the main lesson Daniel reminds us of is that no matter what happens we can stay true to the One God we love and adore.

    The book has sections titled, Daniels Story, Prepared for battle and Hope: Where Courage is Birthed to name a few. There are actions we can take that will influence our culture and bring glory to God even if we never know the end result of what He tells us to do. The author shows readers what Daniel did with his life in his situation and then shares with us what we can do today in our society.

    You might find ideas that are challenging and that would be okay. You may find areas in the book with which you and that is okay too. Go to your Bible and read Daniel chapters 1-6 so you can refresh your heart and mind with Gods truth and discern what youre reading in Thriving in Babylon. One of the main ideas really is He hasnt called us to run scared or silent. He has given us Daniel as an example of what we can do or how we can live today that will impact hearts for Christ.

    A friend and I have been studying Daniel for a while, long before some of these books were published. It is no accident that authors are trying to encourage and exhort us not to hide, be silent or forget Who we serve! We are our societys Daniels of today. We need to seek Him for the courage, wisdom and strength to face the furnace or lions den that seeks to devour our faith! Remember as you read Daniel he didnt know the outcome of his actions before he obeyed God. Daniel lived a life of faith that influenced leaders of large kingdoms, and we can most certainly live a life of faith in which others will be influenced or challenged to come away from the lifelessness of Babylon to Christ, our living Hope!
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living well in your corner of the world.
    July 17, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
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    Hope, Humility, and Wisdom.

    They matter if you're trying to live well in a troubled world.

    For Daniel, his troubled world was Babylon. For you and I, it's probably some corner of America.

    (I've actually heard serious discussion about whether America is the "Babylon" of prophecy. We won't quibble about that.)

    Let's take the comparison between those places this far: when we look around our world we too see a lot of not-gods being exalted and leaving their worshippers empty.

    We see violence and destruction in our cities- fear stalks our children.

    We find sexuality being presented without the protection of reverence.

    Our leaders are politicians, and we expect them to lie- and in turn we begin slandering them as soon as they announce a bid for office.

    We Christians supposed to be "salt" and "light" in a dark and flavorless world, but if it's not an outside circumstance tripping us up, our own pride and tempers keep us from the ways of God.

    How shall we then live?

    Larry Osborne takes you to the story of Daniel, highlighting the way God taught him how to live. Frankly, it's hard to imagine a country more hostile to the God of Scripture than Babylon, yet the leaders of Babylon came to deeply respect this devoted Hebrew. How?

    Daniel was taken from his home as a captive, yet he came to a position of influence.

    His viewpoints would have been very controversial, yet the reputation of his integrity won him a hearing.

    He lived peaceably amidst the pagans, while practicing fidelity to his God.

    Oh, the lessons we can learn from Daniel!

    And "Thriving in Babylon" is an upbeat-and-yet-serious, challenging and pastoral look at these lessons. As with every title I've read from David C Cook publishers, a lot is said in 199 pages. Expect to underline and make notes.

    "When we obey the light we have, God shows up. And every time he does, our hope grows stronger. We begin to experience Biblical hope: the deep-seated optimism and confidence that comes from knowing that God can be trusted even when we have no idea what he's up to." ~Larry Osborne
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    EVEN IN BABYLON, GOD IS IN CONTROL!
    July 17, 2015
    Doc Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
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    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. Larry Osborne is a pastor who recognizes truth . . . and has no compunctions in administering it.

    How refreshing!

    In his work, THRIVING IN BABYLON, Dr. Osborne takes a fresh look at the book of Daniel. Discarding the typical interpretation of Daniel as a book of mystery, disregarding the popular interpretation of Daniel as a book of encouragement, Dr. Osborne engages the text with scholarship and wisdom, and opens up the eyes of those who will see. Along the way, the author explores:

    Why panic and despair are never from God

    What true optimism really looks like

    How humility disarms even the greatest of enemies

    Why respect causes those who would otherwise have nothing to do with God, to listen

    How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat

    But be warned . . . as an old proverb counsels us, Truth can sometimes wear a wry face. Are you prepared to handle the truth?

    Author Dr. Larry Osborne can deliver it.

    5 stars for a refreshing, reflective understanding of the life of Daniel
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