Welcome to “Seven Good Things Week,” where we are sharing several encouraging works with you that we have a small part in. Today, we share a book that we have a very small part in, but we are glad to let you know about.
Michael Whitworth wrote a book last year called The Epic of God, which was a guide to the book of Genesis. Whitworth’s writing style and obvious knowledge made the book, literally, an award-winner. I was honored to edit a chapter of that book, as well as donate to help get it to preaching students at several brotherhood schools.
Just a few days ago, Whitworth released his second guide, this time on the Old Testament book of Daniel. Entitled The Derision of Heaven, this 10-chapter book is an absolute “must own.”
Now, I had very little to do with this book. In fact, Michael and I have a bit of a gentleman’s agreement that we just send each other copies of our books when they come out, since we are friends and both enjoy writing. In reality, that’s all I had to “do” with this book…get a free copy and try to get the word out a bit.
However, as I read Derision, I knew that I wanted to share this book with you. The prophecy of Daniel, especially the last 6 chapters, is a very difficult book. Scholars have debated seemingly every detail of this book to no end, and we are often left missing the forest for the trees. In Michael’s book, he is able to help the reader with some of those “trees,” but keep our eyes on the big picture. One cannot read this book and fail to see how God is able to weave His plan through human history, even in times that may seem dark.
This book is not a commentary, but is well-researched. Footnotes are abundant for the more serious student, but an average Bible student can stay with the main text of the book and easily follow along with the message of the book of Daniel. Though a very serious book of Scripture, Whitworth is also able to bring out his own personality with some humorous statements, which I appreciate. They do not, in any way, detract from the overall message of the volume.
It would be difficult for me to recommend The Derision of Heaven highly enough. Even if you think prophetic books are boring or just too difficult, you will find yourself aided by this book, which is less than 200 pages in length. From cover-to-cover, you will learn more about Daniel and (ultimately) your Lord.
I recommend getting the paperback version of this book, because you will want to mark it up, make notes, and come back to it often. You can get a copy from Amazon for only $11.89, and that is money very well-spent.
Tomorrow, our Good Thing is the 3rd episode of The Faughn Family Podcast! If you have not heard the first two episodes, click here to listen before we release episode three in the morning.
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