Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Club: Book Review: Daniel: Man of God

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Image of Daniel in the Lion's DenDaniel: Man of God by Dwight L. Moody is an Aneko Press Christian Classic published in 2018. Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) traveled an estimated 1 million miles, preached to more than 1 million people, and had a number of works published. Daniel: Man of God, a short book of only 7 chapters, is a personal invitation into the lives of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Nebuchadnezzar. While many people know the story of Daniel and the lions' den or of the fiery furnace, this book provides a deeper look into the entire time period in a very easy-to-read manner. It will also help modern Christians reflect upon certain circumstances – such as when Daniel and his friends refuse to eat food from the king.

Even though this book was first published in 1884, people today might still react the same way – "when in Rome, do as the Roman does" – how can Daniel expect to live according to his religion in a foreign land? Too many people would take the easy way out and this book provides a great reminder that devotion and love of the Lord is really important.

We are reminded again and again that God was with the Jews while they were in Babylon by Moody in Daniel: Man of God. An example is provided in Daniel – his faith was very strong. God is "able to deliver" the men from the extreme heat of the furnace but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not claim that God would deliver them. In the furnace there were four men. Wonderful advice is provided by Moody – "dare to do right; dare to be true; dare to be honest" (30).

"God can take care of us when we pass through the fires." – D.L. Moody 

In addition to the more recognizable stories from the book of Daniel, Moody also looks at the time when Nebuchadnezzar goes mad but then regains his sanity and attains a new spirit. Just like men today, he was thinking and doing things as if his success was a result of his own power – not that of God's. We also read about Belshazzar and Darius.

Through the story of the lions' den, Moody reminds us that "the world will persecute a man if he attempts to live the life of a true Christian" (58) but Daniel was courageous and did not let vanity or warnings of persecution compromise his sense of love and duty to God.

"Character is worth more than money." – D.L. Moody

I really enjoyed reading Daniel: Man of God by Moody. In the past, I have found reading Dwight L. Moody a little laborious but this book was very difficult to put down – I enjoyed it that much. I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading Christian classics, to those individuals who wish to know more about the book of Daniel, or those interested in reading more from Dwight L. Moody.

The 2018 Aneko Press edition of Daniel: Man of God is available from Amazon, Aneko Press, and other booksellers. There are other updated classics available from Aneko Press including:
The Way to God, How to Study the Bible, and others.

1 comment:

  1. Kristen - I think this is the first time I have been to your site. Thanks for the review of this book - I too find Moody hard to read, so it is good to know you enjoyed this one - I like Daniel so I am sure I could learn a lot from Moody about him. thanks :)

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