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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
As Christianity and the Christian church watch their influence in America decline rapidly, Michael Whitworth uses the book of Daniel to show how the church should act during a time of exile which was similar to that which Daniel and the best and brightest of Israel experienced in the 5th century BC. The book not only shows how a Christian or the church as a whole should behave, but it gives encouragement to the church and peace to the reader as the author demonstrates that God remains the sovereign ruler of the universe and continues to carry out his plans. Each part of Daniel’s stories and his visions plays an important role in revealing not only God’s purpose, but raises Him up to be magnified above all kings and principalities. The book of Daniel points toward the coming of the Messiah and the ultimate victory in a way that is beyond human understanding.
The Derision of Heaven is an excellent study of the book of Daniel. Not only does it bring to life the biblical principles of sovereignty and disciplined Christian living, but it is comforting to anyone who is seeking answers to the failing influence of the church in America. Trying to discover the path to follow during a time when any action, thought, or spoken word by a Christian is met with derision and mockery, the author shows how in reality it is God who holds the puny attempts to overthrow Him, His kingdom, and His people in derision.
All in all, this is a well written and informative book about one of the most exciting books of the Bible, but more important than that, it is an inspiration to Christians and the church as it finds itself struggling and in a form of exile in America. The reader will be encouraged and uplifted and will be ready to put on the whole armor of God just as Daniel did.