About the Book:
We have real hope we’re called to share. But how we share it makes a difference.
Christians today face a dilemma: in a world that seems to reject everything we believe, how do we walk closely with God without caving to pressure or alienating those we hope to reach?
In this eye-opening new book, Chris Hodges provides a solution by examining the life of the prophet Daniel, who persevered in a corrupt culture that closely resembles our own—and emerged as an influential force in God’s redemptive plan. Full of scripture and seasoned with Hodges’ candid personal insights, The Daniel Dilemma shows us that we can hold firmly to biblical beliefs without becoming obnoxious, insulting, or mad. We can stand strong while loving others well. Because standing for truth isn’t about winning the argument; it’s about winning hearts. And when we learn the secret of connecting before correcting, we discover that we can respond to today’s hard questions without compromising grace or truth.
With fresh insights and practical ideas, Hodges encourages Christians struggling with our cultural reality to hold God’s standards high and his grace deep—just as Jesus did, and just as his followers today are called to do.
Before I get into my review, I want to share about how I got the book in the first place. Pastor Chris has two other books, both of which I've read, and one of them was gifted to us after attending a next steps class shortly after we began attending Church of the Highlands. Fresh Air, is an amazing book, which prompted me to read Four Cups too. Both books strengthened my walk with Jesus.
Church of the Highlands is a giving church. I've never been gifted with more just by showing up. God's love and generosity is all over the people who attend there. So, it was no surprise that during reCreate (our annual women's conference, which is the most amazing thing EVER) we were gifted with early copies of The Daniel Dilemma. I'd already applied with the publisher to be a part of its launch team. Totally stoked on my way home that day, I received an email alerting me that I'd been accepted as a launch team member.
I wanted to give it my all to support my pastor but most importantly to spread the word about a book that I feel will change the course of every Christian who reads it. Through reading it, I've become aware of my own tendency to not speak up about sensitive topics, to avoid versus stand firm, and to distance myself from anything remotely controversial. Not anymore. I needed this book, and I'm convinced that you need it to.
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