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A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square 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 adminiA wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square 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....

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  • Joel Warnock
    2018-12-01 06:04

    I loved every word of Lennox's pretty exhaustive coverage of the book of Daniel. The characters, events, miracles, and prophecy are intricately interlaced with historical and scientific perspective and teaching. This book was a joy to read and an encouragement for Christian faith in this present age and the age to come.

  • Faith
    2018-11-25 03:54

    This book begins with a strong hook, expounding on the opening chapter of Daniel. Imagine this young Hebrew, a worshipper of the Almighty God and a citizen of a oppressed nation. His intelligence and sensitivity mark him for his captors. They want to submerge him in their culture and seduce him with their philosophies. They're going to train him in all their arts and sciences and install him in the Babylonian court. Right there you can feel Daniel's tension and hear the questions in his soul. "How will God preserve, redeem, and deliver His captive people? How will I serve Him and how can I trust Him when he allowed me to be torn away from my family and home?" It's black and white text on a page for us today, but for Daniel it was sweat and blood and sleeplessness. Often, our time/space distance from Biblical events obscures both the relevance of the message and the humanity of the narrator. Oxford Professor John Lennox sets out to show us the book of Daniel in a new light, by revealing the significance of one life dedicated to God. By mining the book of Daniel for all the wisdom it contains, we can learn a great deal about how to live "against the flow" in our day.How did Daniel hold fast to the faith of his fathers when he was totally surrounded by a pagan people?How did he speak so courageously, and so winsomely, to guards and governors? He presented the truth unflinchingly, yet with utterly respect, and powerful men were moved to consider his minority position. How did his personal fidelity fuel his counter-culture stance? We can see that he was a man of prayer, and he sought to close the gaps between his convictions and his integrity. Paraphrasing Rudyard Kipling, Daniel walked with crowds and kept his virtue, he talked with kings and didn't lose the common touch.This man epitomized being "in the world and not of it." We have no reason to believe that he was an unpleasant, bigoted person who condemned and shunned left and right. Instead, we see a steady witness, whose hard-words-softly-spoken were valued by the establishment of his day. We see a man who knew the score about the world he lived in, and who made his decisions with the character of God as his reality.Indeed, there is much to learn from Daniel. And this book is a great start.... it's 400 plus pages of fascinating history that spans multiple empires and conquests and kingdoms, as well as commentary on how we can live today. Human dignity, the meaning of history, how to live as God's ambassadors, the nature of the kingdom of heaven, the reality of revelation, the power of predictive prophecy, the invasion of the supernatural into the natural, the synergy between mind and brain... all these concepts receive treatment in this book. And the ultimate purpose of Daniel's Scriptures and Professor Lennox's scholarship is to point us to a living God, one who is intensely personal as He meets with his people, and who gives the centuries their meaning.I'll close with a quote from the book of Daniel, CEB translation. This is God addressing Daniel: "Do not be afraid, man greatly beloved; all will be well with you. Be strong, be strong." Thank you to Monarch Publishing and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me a review copy. It was much appreciated.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-12-09 03:19

    Title: Against the Flow (The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism)Author: John C. LenoxWebsite: http://www.johnlennox.org/Pages: 440Year: 2015Publisher: Monarch BooksMy Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 What grabs your attention when looking for a book to read? Is it the title, subtitle, picture, author or content? When I first was offered the opportunity to read, review and post about this book, I was super excited! Why? Well, for one a friend and I have been studying the book of Daniel in depth for awhile now. Another reason is that I believe the title is a call to do just that, go against the flow. Finally, it is a well-developed apologetic or commentary on the book of Daniel in the Old Testament.Now, am I still as excited as I was at first? Absolutely, if not more so! The Body of Christ needs to return to preaching the Old Testament and not solely the New. There are many examples we can learn from those who have gone before us as to how to stand firm and against a raging flow. Society as the author states a couple of times and in different ways is okay with people practicing their faith in a church building or privately. They are threatened when people live their beliefs in the full view of the public and hence why we hear, read or see many examples of those who want to silence the voices.Daniel lived in a different society, time, and culture than we do today, but the message of Daniel is as relevant now as it was then. What message? Well, there are many, and God will speak to your heart if you read Daniel along with John C. Lenox’s Against the Flow as an aid to understanding and applying sacred writ.There is a cost to standing up and being counted as a Christ follower. Words of hatred are always being spewed forth without restraint in either written or spoken form. Sometimes it can even be detected through music or movies. Regardless of how the real question is put forth, will you stand against the flow or be swept up by the flow? Do not think it isn’t true because it is, and we all know it as we interact with others or discern it from other media forms. I highly recommend the book and when you purchase one for yourself, consider buying a copy to give to a local library, friend, family member or whomever your path crosses. Read the Bible and share what you learn with others and discuss what John C. Lenox has written to encourage everyone who is a Christ follower to go against the flow.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Charity Andrews
    2018-11-26 03:08

    Want to know what life was really like for Daniel as he was drug into captivity along with thousands of other Jewish citizens? Do you want to see what ancient Babylon looked like? This book has everything from how the palace was laid out, which gods were worshiped, the thickness of the wall surrounding the city, to the experiences Daniel and his countrymen would have had to face. Unbelievable! I can’t even imagine the hours spend researching such a book!!!This is something that I will read and re-read. It really gives you an understanding of what was happening. Inside the book are BEAUTIFUL, glossy pictures depicting the different things found from ancient Babylon to depictions made from the stories in the book of Daniel.Please pick up a copy! This is one of the best Biblical research books you’ll ever find! It’s certainly the most thorough work I’ve read!!!! It will also make a great gift for any pastor, student, or friend interested in learning more about the Bible.Thank you, Litfuse, for this wonderful book!! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!!

  • Frank Peters
    2018-11-19 00:53

    This is an excellent book. Initially I thought that it was a bible study or commentary on the book of Daniel. While this is also true, the book is also more than that. It fits with Lennox’s other books relating to science, the new atheism and living for Jesus today. Lennox discusses the many analogies between what happened in the book of Daniel and the same struggles and temptations Christian will have in today’s intolerantly politically correct culture. Near the end of the book, Lennox discussed more the prophetic parts of the book, and this was excellent right up to the final chapter. This final chapter was not nearly as cohesive as the other chapters.

  • Joan
    2018-11-23 05:18

    This book is a wealth of information on the time and culture of Daniel. The worldview at that time is much like our modern day's. Lennox gives us great insight into that worldview as well as what made Daniel and his friends willing to be public about their faith. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a commentary on the book of Daniel and to those who are looking to encouragement to be public with their faith in today's society.See my complete review at http://bit.ly/1b9WixY.I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  • Phil Gould
    2018-11-20 01:07

    We have been using this book to study through Daniel in our Sunday school and there is much to recommend it as a guide for contemporary Christian living. Daniel's life consisted of many good characteristics that we would do well to emulate. That list includes, an unwavering faith and trust in God, humility in spite of his rise to a position of power, dedication in prayer, a keen knowledge of scripture, and obedience to God even when doing so threatened his life. This book provides inspiration on how to live as modern day Daniels in the face of increasing relativism.

  • Melissa Grant
    2018-11-24 00:52

    This is an excellent book. I would particularly - but not solely - recommend it to university students. Lennox has a friendly writing style while still having solid content, dissecting the book of Daniel and its structure whilst also having very clear applications for the conclusions drawn.

  • Paul
    2018-11-21 01:51

    Very thorough in regard to the historical context which allows Lennox to cross the bridge of contextualization with ease making it very relevant for us today.

  • Andrew Corrie
    2018-12-04 01:03

    Quite a long read so needs a bit of stickability, but extremely informative. Did I understand the book of Daniel better at the end? Yes.

  • Sunflower
    2018-11-14 07:18

    We're all familiar with the story of Daniel and the den of lions, but when you really take the time to read the story of a teenage boy, taken from his homeland with nothing more than his faith in God and rising to be one of the most respected man and advisor in his new homeland, the story of Daniel in the Bible, grows to be a book of far more significance.Four hundred plus pages filled archeological references, scriptures, an amazing list of footnotes (yes I took the time to read the list and it's worth perusing), discussion questions and a flow of words filled with theological discussion, application and in-depth exploration, "Against the Flow" turned out to be a very deep filled writing that the layman can understand while breaking down the chapters of Daniel.There is both understanding how even in todays world, Daniel is both inspirational and applicable, while also providing the layman to a deeper understanding of Daniel and what God seeks to convey in this book from the Bible.Probably one of the many known Biblical characters, Daniel can often be found quoted, talk about during sermons and bible studies and looked at for both its symbolic and also moral encouragement to the growing Christian.I enjoyed this book, both for general reading, and to discover Daniel in a new light. Th author shares a well researched and obvious passion for this book from the Bible and many a reader would benefit taking the time to read this once for enjoyment, second for discussion and third as an addition to ones personal bible study.There is a good blend of both the academic and the personal in, "Against the Flow" that make the book a worthy read for both the growth in biblical understanding of what God shares with the book of Daniel and also an understanding on what Christians can learn from Daniels examples.The book starts and ends strongly. The references are great for further study. Scripture strongly hold the author position while at the same time, "Against the Flow" really inspires and encourages Christians to "face the lions" in the public arena no matter what the climate happens to be at the moment.This is one of those books that has a timeless quality to it, in that it goes beyond the modern time and space but really captures how not just the Bible has held out for 2,000 year, but focuses on encouraging Christians, no matter when or where to stand up and stand out and to incorporate as the book title goes,"Against the Flow" of culture.The chapters are well laid out with titles that captures the chapters topics. Don't let the volume scare you , but instead, the book really lays out, with substance, the relevance of Daniel, even in modern times.Whether you are a academic, new to Christ, growing Christian,mature Christian, whatever the stage,this is a very powerful book to have and read.

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-11-19 02:15

    Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of RelativismAbout the Book:A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public squareDaniel'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. About the Author:John C. Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife Sally live near Oxford. My Review:Upon reading the book of Daniel, you realize real quick how incredibly obedient he is to the Lord. If only we could be a Daniel. Throughout the very cerebral book, John Lennox gives his commentary of the book and the man. He also compares the times spoke of in the book of Daniel to the happenings of the day.Followers of God back then were incredibly devoted to Him and as more worldly thing evolve it seems we are more into what the world can provide rather than the Lord. This is perhaps why we are nowhere close on the devotion scale these days. Some can even go as far as to say we are living in different times. One thing I know for sure, in my opinion the times now are more desperate and we need more obedient Christians even more now.The purpose of the writing is to show the similarities from that time compared to now. We all need a no holes barred type of faith and maybe if we were more like Daniel this world would be very different. The author manages to give you such a controversial topic that is so completely and total relevant to the past as well as the present.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2018-12-12 03:13

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/pjvrmxz"Babylon is the ancient version of our secular society."Against the Flow is a book that combines theology, apologetics, and Christian living - and I simply cannot state how powerful a book this is! Most people are familiar with the fiery furnace and lions' den stories, but not until reading Dr. Lennox's compelling book did I realize how relevant the book of Daniel is for us today. Just like the young Daniel, we live in a pluralistic, tolerant society that is becoming increasingly antagonistic to the Christian faith. Rather than becoming paralyzed by the move toward political correctness, there is much to be learned from the pages of Daniel, and Dr. Lennox has done an incredible job in this book that informs, challenges and inspires.Against the Flow explores the book of Daniel from theological, historical and cultural aspects. While it's not light reading, Dr. Lennox writes in a style that is easy to understand and I often found it hard to put down. There is a wealth of valuable insight - these thoughts about tolerance, for instance . . ."Tolerance asserts the right to have convictions, to make judgments about right and wrong, which differ from those of others. Tolerance does not demand that we accept the opinions, beliefs, and lifestyles of others, but only that we learn to live without forcing them to line up with us. . . . The new tolerance, however, is completely different. It seizes on the idea of offence and holds that I must not ever offend anyone else by expressing disapproval of any aspect of his or her behaviour or ideas. . . . To put it another way: the old tolerance accepted the existence of other views while disagreeing with them; the new tolerance insists on accepting the views themselves and not merely their existence."In the introduction, Dr. Lennox writes about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: "Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power in the full glare of public life. . . . In this book we shall try to learn something about what it was that gave that ancient foursome the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow in their society and give unequivocal, courageous public expression to what they believed." Litfuse Publicity put together a wonderful interview with Dr. Lennox that is very eye-opening and informative. Against the Flow has a powerful message and I highly recommend it. Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Victor Gentile
    2018-11-17 06:05

    John C. Lennox in his new book, “Against The Flow” published by Monarch Books gives us The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism.From the back cover: 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. What was it that gave that ancient foursome, Daniel and his three friends, the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow?Daniel and his three friends are taken captive from Jerusalem and hauled, in bondage, across the Middle East to Babylon. No more familiar daily activities or surroundings, no more family to support them. It was just them now. And these young men are gritty. Nicely, they defy the rules that are being imposed upon them by their captors and they succeed in their endeavors. Each one of these four men rises through the ranks to become involved in the high courts of government. All because they went “against the flow”. Mr. Lennox has given us a masterful detailed account of the book of Daniel presenting to us the portrait of a boy who grows to be a man of God in a pagan society and helps to shape that society. It is the intention of Mr. Lennox to show us, by the example of Daniel, that we too can make a mark in our society and not have to give in to its demands. “Against The Flow” will help focus your attention to your true place in the kingdom of God and our respective roles. All of us need this book to help understand our identity and it would make a great gift for friends and family to help establish them as well.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Create With Joy
    2018-12-11 03:53

    One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Daniel. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the book, the biblical book of Daniel is the story of four courageous Jewish teenagers who live in Babylon under the rule of an evil king – but maintain their faithful witness to God even in the face of death.It’s one of those books that you can never learn enough about – so, when I heard that the highly acclaimed University of Oxford professor John C. Lennox had just released Against The Flow – The Inspiration Of Daniel In An Age Of Relativism – I could hardly wait to get my hands on a copy!Unlike many books that primarily focus on the prophetic aspects of the book of Daniel, Against The Flow delves into all aspects of the book, looking at Daniel from a historical, cultural and theological perspective.One of the author’s primary purposes for writing Against The Flow, however, is to highlight the similarities between our modern culture and the ancient Babylonian culture in terms of antagonism towards people of faith,John provides insight and inspiration into how God empowers His people to go against the flow – to stand up for what they believe in – to cling to what is right, even when there is a high cost.As John C. Lennox writes:What makes the story of their faith remarkable is that they did not simply continue their private devotion to God that they had developed in their homeland; they maintained a high-public profile witness in a pluralistic society that became increasingly antagonistic to their faith. That is why their story has such a powerful message for us today. The story of Daniel and his friends is a clarion call to our generation to be courageous; not to lose our nerve and allow the expression of our faith to be diluted and squeezed out of the public space and thus rendered spineless and ineffective.Against The Flow is a book that belongs on every Christian bookshelf. It’s not a book for the faint of heart – but if you enjoy biblically-based books that are theologically rich and intellectually stimulating, you will appreciate this author!To read this review in its entirety, visit Create With Joy.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Iain Hamill
    2018-11-17 01:59

    Very helpful study through Daniel. Fascinating historical/archeological themes as we see how God was, is and is going to be at work with his people, but also most helpful in painting a picture of Daniel as an inspiration for Christian believers today. Took me a while because firstly it's quite dense following the history through at certain stages, and secondly - I had to read it in Lennox' fantastic Northern Irish oratorial tones...

  • Bob Hayton
    2018-11-18 07:17

    John Lennox is professor of Mathematics at Oxford, yet he offers us a commentary on the Old Testament book of Daniel as an encouragement for Christians everywhere to continue to stand “against the flow” of today’s secular age. Lennox has debated Richard Dawkins, and is known for his books integrating faith and science. He is an old-earth creationist and well versed in the philosophical debates which threaten the faith in our age. His new book "Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism" (Monarch Books, 2015) is a popular-level reflection on the book of Daniel that is both inspiring and challenging.The book is not a detailed exegetical commentary on the text of Daniel. Instead it is more of a social commentary, drawing lessons from Daniel’s day and drawing parallels with our own age of skepticism and secularism. The book is replete with quotes from philosophers and news articles, ancient Near-Eastern texts and a vareity of other works. Pictures play a large role, and are interspersed in the text and also found in a full color insert section in the middle.Lennox writes with British humor, at times, and with a scientist’s mind on the text. His exegetical insights are not profound, but he brings out the big picture realities that flow from the text. This is not a science and faith title, necessarily. It is about the Biblical book of Daniel. But there are lessons to be drawn that apply to the science debate and others. He offers some techincal resources and includes several appendices. And while he does defend the faith and the historicity of Daniel, that is not the book’s primary purpose. This is written to inspire believers to stand firm for their Christian faith in an age of secularism. We haven’t faced the lions in our Western society quite yet, but Daniel has much to offer us as to how to influence the culture while standing true to our faith.This book is not a simple read, and its message is not light. It offers a challenge to our faith and an encouragement at the same time. I hope it will find a wide readership.Disclaimer:This book was provided by Monarch Books via LitFuse Publicity. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.

  • Brandon H.
    2018-11-11 07:16

    I've been wanting to read more on the book of Daniel so I picked this one up. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. The insights and historical information he brings out are excellent! And the way in which Dr. Lennox connects the challenges that Daniel and his three friends faced with the challenges Christians today face when dealing with postmodernism and the semi-popular New-atheists was both insightful and encouraging. Daniel's life and story has a lot to teach us.One thing that I especially enjoyed was how Dr. Lennox used the names, (and their meanings), of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah as a way to describe God's nature/qualities to a skeptical, unbelieving, and even accusatory audience who don't view Him clearly or accurately.Besides many other things in the book, I thought Dr. Lennox drove home an important point that as Christians, we can either withdraw from pagan society or we can get involved. Such involvement doesn't equal compromise like some believers claim but rather gives God an opportunity to witness to the truth of who He is and to the gospel as we faithfully live out our lives in a pagan society.The second half of the book was well written but I didn't enjoy it as much as I don't share the author's interpretation regarding the end times. However, I still think the book deserves the rating I gave it.A few quotes -"We do not deny that Daniel has much to say about the future in his book, some of it bleak in its implications. But, far from leading him to run away from society and responsibility, the revelation he had of the future led him to live a very full professional life at the highest levels of administration in the empire.""Daniel’s understanding of God did not lead to his developing a ghetto mentality but to taking a full and prominent part in the life of Babylon.""The New Atheists are loud in their demand for evidence that a supernatural God exists; yet the genuineness of their demand is questionable since they seem reluctant to pay serious attention to evidence that is offered to them.""The question for Abraham, for Daniel, and for us, is not which city we live in so much as which city we live for. In this sense, the Bible is a tale of two cities."

  • Veronica
    2018-12-04 06:04

    This book was hard to put down! It was a fascinating mix of Bible commentary, comparison to our contemporary, increasingly secular, society and devotional thoughts. Though I'm very familiar with the story of Daniel and his friends, Lennox brought in so much fascinating information I hadn't heard before, from the history and culture of that time to the similarities in our contemporary culture today. I learned so much about that time period, what Daniel must have felt as he went through the trials and how to be better prepared for the trials that may come in my own life. I loved the logical way he pointed out inconsistencies and flaws in some of the New Atheists' arguments and in other non-Biblical worldviews. He uses a lot of quotes from a variety of writers, some Christian and some not, to illustrate his points. There are also photographs of art and architecture. He even has appendices that go deeper, such as one on "The Nature of the Kingdom of God," more history with information taken from other historical sources and the dating of the book of Daniel. There are also discussion questions and an index. This all adds up to a fascinating in-depth look at Daniel that you won't want to miss!I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stacey
    2018-11-18 06:18

    First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to John Lennox and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.“Against the Flow” by John Lennox is a fascinating analysis of the book of Daniel from one of the most highly acclaimed apologeticists (is that a word?) of our time. This book analyzes the entire book of Daniel, focusing on thematic aspects of the prophetic work to enlighten the student on the history, culture, structure, and interpretation of the book in addition to life application of Scripture.This is a heady read and may require lots of review. It has for me and it’s been worth my time. In fact, I know I need to re-read this book over and over alongside the Scriptures to even scratch the surface of what Lennox is sharing. This brilliant author pulls you up to a new level of understanding. Lennox also shares great stories about how to share faith. He is most definitely a new favorite author of mine!

  • Crystal Carney
    2018-11-22 00:57

    Against The Flow is not for the faint of heart readers. It is a very deep book that delves into the Book of Daniel, from the Old Testament of the Bible. I've always wanted to read deeper into the book of Daniel for some time now. Against The Flow is over 400 pages, but it is packed full of so much information. It took me longer than usual to finish this book due to it's size. This book covers all the major themes, interpretations, prophecies, and culture of the day.Included in this book is discussion/study, perfect for one person to study or a small group study.This book is very well written and it is clear that so much research has gone in to writing it. Please don't let the size of this book scare you into not reading it.This is definitely one book that I will keep on my book shelf.I highly recommend this book

  • Lisa Rupertus
    2018-12-01 07:21

    This is a big book - over 400 pages! It is not something you simply pick up and quickly read through but it is better used as a continued study. Lennox provides a wealth of history through his writing. Because I was reviewing this book, I skipped around to the chapters I wanted to focus on. I particularly studied the chapters on the 70 weeks and the 70th week. I like how he gave the general opinions of both of these books. I also love how he stated the importance of studying Daniel in relevance to today's world views. People (believers and non-believers) are quick to judge God because he doesn't do exactly what they think He should - this book helped me to see from that perspective and how to actively discuss these thoughts with others.

  • Kenzie
    2018-11-25 05:18

    I thought this book would be more about the relativism of the age, but it's not. The subtitle, which is what sold me on the book, is not entirely apt. Nonetheless this is a decent read in which Lennox attempts to consolidate more academic writing and to make it more palatable to the general public. I suggest this be read along with a study of Daniel and not in isolation as it does not provide enough in and of itself.

  • Samuel Cowan
    2018-11-24 03:10

    This was my first Jihn Lennox book. Against the Flow is a book for today's Christians. It really does bring the Book of Daniel into the reality of today.It is a book I would recommend many who value true Biblical teaching to read.It is also interesting to read the appendix on how the history of the time of Daniel is recorded in the book of Maccabees.This is a book for the serious Bible student who wishes to see how the Scripture stand true in our modern day of relativism.

  • Len
    2018-12-06 04:00

    A strong, traditional, helpful, clear contrast between relativism and the example of Daniel. It includes or references very useful descriptions of several aspects of interpretation and critique of this odd Biblical book. Lennox does not shy away from reasonable challenges, but properly and fairly dismisses (with some detail) some of the less serious takes on the book. I received this book through the Firstreads giveaway.

  • David O Perez
    2018-11-12 03:20

    For those who want to live freeIf you want to be inspired and challenged to live for the truth of God in this evil and present generation this book will do that. This book will equip you to dismantle the moral relativism that permeates our society. This book is not meant to be simply a reference book. It's written to be used as a tool in evangelism and personal spiritual growth. Buy it! Read it! Live it!

  • V Luttrell
    2018-11-14 07:58

    what John C. Lenox has written is to encourage everyone who is a Christ follower to go against the flow. This is another book not for sale yet which I got to review. It comes out on the 27th of April! The author brings this story to life for us to use today! It will inspire readers to stand up and be a Daniel in this day and age.http://litfusegroup.com/author/jlennox

  • Pam
    2018-12-08 01:58

    This is an excellent book about the book of Daniel. It expanded my knowledge and the background behind this book and I enjoyed this book immensely. I definitely learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone that wants an in depth study of Daniel. I received a copy of this book free from Goodreads but my opinions are my own.

  • Mike Baker
    2018-12-07 04:08

    Driving back from Atlanta, I listened to a review on the book and an interview with the author. It is a great book on helping us to understand what Daniel and his friends must have felt like. It also does a great job comparing some of the issues we are seeing today. My only caution is that at times it is a tough read as it is very detailed.

  • Cassandra
    2018-12-11 06:10

    I received a complimentary copy of this book.To sum this book up in a few sentences is not easy, but this story is to me faith focused and will inspire while guiding people to find and follow their own.