The Daniel Dilemma: Real Courage for Real Life is a Christian teenagers’ survival guide for not getting eaten by lions in a world that rejects God and expects them to reject Him too. From this study, teens can find the courage to overcome the daily peer pressure that threatens to pull them away from their faith. Rand Hummel uses his more than twenty years of Christian camp experience to formulate fourteen Laws of Courageous Leadership from the book of Daniel and apply them to the real-life situations young people face today.
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Great Book for college students and upThank you Netgalley and Publisher BJU Press/ JourneyForth for supplying an advanced readers copy of The Daniel Dilemma: Real Courage for Real Life, by Rand Hummel, in exchange for an honest review.
I found this study, one of the best studies I have read in a long time! It was very "meaty" with a lot of information relevant to our present lives. The reason I gave it 4 stars rather then 5 is because the description states this book is for "teenagers" living in today's Babylonian society. I firmly believe that this book would be better geared for twenty-something and up. I am forty-one and gearing up to work with children 8-18 in Bible Study Fellowship. This book had a lot of information that is quite challenging to myself, let alone a 16 or 17 year old who may want to help in a children's ministry. My aim is similar to Hammel's aim for the teenager: To walk strong in my Christian faith and make a change in today's society rather then today's society make a change in me.
The first half of Hammel's book goes through the story of Daniel. I loved this half of the book. He explains things in Daniel that I never even thought of! Very insightful, and now I love Daniel in a whole new way. Not only did he hold strong in his faith and spend the night in a Den of Lions, there is just so much more to the story. I know the lion's den lures many people to the book of Daniel, but one truth I discovered was that in Location 490 on my Amazon Kindle Reader Hummel states: "that The good life that Daniel was offered was intended by the king to wean him (Daniel) away from the hard life to which God had called him." We are called every minute to do something more alluring then Bible Study, or fun stuff. Our faith has to remain steadfast and true because God is preparing us to do His Will.
In the first 5 chapters, Hammel compares Daniel with our life and our calling to lead in a ministry.
Chapters 6-on could have been a different book entirely. Hommel writes about his "Laws of Courageous Leadership" he devised from the book of Daniel and many other scriptures, which confused me at first because I thought the focus was on Daniel. They are great truths found and will definitely help a Christian grow and mature in Christ. I have to say I took some great notes from this book and this book will definitely help me to guide my students towards a Christ centered life.
Based on the cover, I was thinking that this book would be great for my daughter. She love the Daniel story, is strong in her faith but she is still a pre-teen. She is beginning to want to serve in the pre school ministry at church and share her love for Christ. I was able to share with her things I learned but I do believe that this book is geared for the twenty something and up. I also wish the scriptures were written in NIV. King James is just difficult for some, I looked up each scripture and read it in NIV because that is what I am use to. Not really difficult. Just an accommodation I had to make for myself.
One of my favorite truths is found in Location 2387 on my Amazon Kindle is that that position of your body can often express the condition of your heart. Whether you are kneeling in prayer, raising your arms in celebration, head down in sadness, often whats on the inside seeps right to the outside. If we change our negative thinking, positivity will overflow!
I would recommend this book to college students and above. Whether you want to begin a ministry or work with a student ministry or just want to be able to hold your Christian values close to you while in the mist of a Babylonian society, put this on your reading list! Lots of great information, and have a pen and notebook handy because there is a lot of great information that you won't want to forget.