Thursday, April 23, 2015
Against the Flow (Review)
This review is for the book "Against the Flow" by John C. Lennox.
About the book:
Daniel’s story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.
Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.
This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.
I will be honest. This is not a book you can just pick up and read without thinking about. This book is extremely in-depth and will require concentration while reading. With that being said, it is worth it. Daniel is a book in the Bible that I have not done a lot of research on, although I have read it a couple of times. After reading this book, I am more intrigued by the book of Daniel and I also understand it more than I ever did before. Lennox takes his time going through the time period of Daniel, the history, and explaining all the details throughout the book. He even includes pictures of historical documents, statues and cities in order to help the reader visualize what he is talking about.
If you like in-depth studies of Bible history or specific books of the Bible I highly recommend you pick this one up. It is well worth it.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.