Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Thriving in Babylon

Thriving in Babylon
By Larry Osborne
David C. Cook, 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.

My thoughts

Thriving in Babylon is a book that I believe any Christian would benefit from reading. Looking into how Daniel "thrived" in Babylon seems to be popular in light of all that has happened in America over the last few years, as this is the second excellent book I've read lately. Timely, well written and researched, Thriving in Babylon has a message that we need to hear. It's upbeat, informative, and full of the hope/confidence that comes from being reminded of God's promises because, while we don't understand all that's happening at the time, we know how the story ends.

I love Larry Osborne's writing style that flows so easily across the page. The depth is there, thorough and well thought out, but laced with humor and written just like he's sitting across from you. This is an excellent book not only for personal use, but one from which pastors would benefit in their study.

Larry Osborne's focus is not just on our desire to be influential in a world steadily growing less tolerant of Christian values, but how to be influential in today's culture - and his answers just might be totally different than what you would expect. The book of Daniel specifically has a lot of application for today's ungodly climate because Daniel lived in a pagan culture without compromising his beliefs and he was respected as a result.

There is so much that I have already taken away from this book, even changed my thinking in many ways, and now I'm eager to go back and delve much deeper in this book. There are so many great quotes that I could share, but I'll just end with this one . . .

"If we claim to be followers of Jesus, there's never
a good reason for panic. God loves a mess.
After all, it takes a mess to have a miracle."

 Thriving in Babylon is an important book for believers and I highly recommend it.


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, including "Accidental Pharisees." He and his wife live in Oceanside, California. They have three grown children.

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Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Carole! Great review! This books sounds like a must read for today.