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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, whWe 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....

Title : The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise
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The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-05-21 21:46

    In July 2016, I heard author and pastor Chris Hodges speak at the She Speaks conference. I was drawn in by his warmth, humor, and positive vibe. I tend to be a careful Christian, and his message breathed freedom and hope into my cautious world.The publisher, Nelson Books, provided every conference attendee a free advance copy of Chris’ new book, The Daniel Dilemma. I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear Chris’ perspective on standing firm and loving well in our culture. God has challenged and instructed me through this book.Fear and concern often grips me as I consider my children’s future world. This book is reorienting my fear-based position to one of quiet trust in God’s will. Since the prophet Daniel lived faithfully in the pagan Babylonian culture, I can have hope for my family.This book outlines how a believer can stand strong as our culture becomes increasingly hostile toward Christianity. Chris gives many examples of how to ground your thoughts, actions, and preferences in God’s truth rather than in what feels good.Most importantly, this book is helping me shed the cloistered mindset I often wear in self-protection. Chris provides many ideas for loving, respectful interactions with unbelievers. He humbly shares the ways he lived out his message, and he has given me a lot to consider as I move forward.The Daniel Dilemma is changing my approach in my daily interactions with the world. I truly want to serve as salt and light in the world, but I wasn’t sure how to do that before I read this book. It calls me to think more often and pray more thoughtfully about how to carry salt and light into my everyday world. It empowers me to be confident in my faith and look forward to the future rather than fear it.

  • Vanessa Eccles
    2019-05-07 23:41

    This book redirects the skewed screams of culture to the Truth of God’s word. There is an art of dying and being reborn into Truth. We are each fearfully and wonderfully made. We are loved, adored, and forgiven. But we’re called to change, to live a life of full redemption and freedom. This surrender is counter-cultural to our desire for independence and control. We’ve been conditioned to what the world has said about hard subjects, but we must surrender and follow our Creator’s guidance. The Daniel Dilemma is part theology and part discipleship. First, Pastor Chris teaches and fills us with Truth and application. Then he guides us on how to disciple others. How do we stand firm and love well? What does that look like? How do we best live by example? This book will equip you to be bold, love deep, give grace, and be free in sharing whose you are.Every believer needs to read this. Have your tabs and highlighters ready. It will be one of those books you’ll refer back to for years to come.Stand firm, friends. Love God and people well.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-16 16:36

    The Daniel Dilemma doesn't tell me exactly what to say (though I'd hoped it would!) the next time I feel my defenses rising over some issue. Instead, it shows me how to position my heart and attitude so my words will genuinely build others up and point toward our redeemer. If Daniel could live that way in Babylon, then there's hope for living that way in the USA!

  • Lauren Burns
    2019-05-09 18:43

    A book that I think is so incredibly important for everyone to read in 2018! So many of us care more about what people think about us than standing on Gods Word. Learning how to stand firm and show love in a compromised culture.

  • Mary Gray
    2019-05-06 16:56

    I love Hodges' fervent desire to stand firm in what he believes while being kind. His discussion of worship was especially touching. His humble example of how he chose to listen to spiritual music to remember his Savior when his father passed away is a great example of what we can do when faced with adversity.I had this discussion with my teen son just this week—that we CAN love others while still being honest about even our most basic beliefs. While I believe there were some precious truths lost with the various translations of the Bible so don’t agree with every doctrinal point Hodges made, I do believe in the wide scope of the message and the valiant tactics he uses to live his faith. I'm also grateful that we live in a country where we can worship as we believe. I was also impressed with (and could relate to) how Hodges prays after he reads God's word so that he might live according to the teachings he read. This is so key to living with the spirit. I loved the reminder to keep the sabbath day holy as well as the parallels to Daniel's day.Thank you to a good man who turns hearts to our Savior through this book, his example, and sermons. Also: Pastor Hodges also has a marvelous writing voice.Quotables: "Moral relativism is the religion of the day." (I learned this way back 2002 when my American Heritage professor at BYU talked about the growing popular belief that b=b=b=b, meaning all beliefs are the same verses an ultimate Truth with a capital T. David A. Bednar talks about "the tyranny of tolerance," which I see as a popular dogma nowadays.)"Courage looks up, stands up, speaks up.""God's truth has the power to set people free—this should fuel our desire to connect with others, not a smug attempt to prove we're right.""The key to courage always comes back to spending time with Jesus.""God tests us to refine us—not to punish us." (Loved Hodges' separate sermon on this, which my friend shared with me when I was struggling with some trials in my own vocation.)"True worship happens when you don't understand and choose to trust God anyway.""There's nothing wrong with enjoying your career and being committed to excellence. But if it's what you prize above all else—because that's how you feel valued and affirmed—then it's an idol." "Humility is not thinking less of yourself; humility is thinking of yourself less.""We should do as Jesus did and keep the standards high and the grace deep.""Never let the tone get contentious.""Too often, our culture likes to go to extremes—either we're in full agreement or else we're totally opposed . . . When we display humility, authenticity, honesty, or even humor when appropriate, we relate to others as human beings, person to person, and eventually, heart to heart.""Culture changes; God doesn't."I also loved what Hodges said about going after the lost sheep, reflecting light, and building relationships.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-16 19:00

    LOVE this book. So much good stuff in here. Chris gets to the core of things and gives simple, yet effective ways to stand strong in a world of compromise.How do we stand for our Christian beliefs yet love others? I’m not an expert but I know I have somehow manged to do it in my classroom. One of my students who is very open about his lifestyle tells me my class is his happy, safe place. I didn’t create that by preaching at him I created that by being kind and listening to him. He knows what I believe yet he sees that I care about him. I will never condone his lifestyle but I will love him.Chris gives practical advice how we all can do that.I have highlighted so much from this book I can’t share it all but here are a views quotes:“Truth without grace is mean. Grace without truth is meaningless. Truth and grace together are good medicine.”“Worship is not about responsive readings or singing hymns. Worship is surrendering yourself to the power, majesty, and goodness of your Creator, letting God be God — even when you don’t understand what he’s doing or when you disagree.”Love this one: “We should really consider whether we’re willing to give praise to a team of athletes who don’t even know us but stay silent before the God who created us. It all comes down to worship.”There’s so much more but I just suggest you pick up the book and give it a read for yourself. I really enjoyed this.A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own.

  • Dee
    2019-05-18 00:02

    Daniel Dilemma-Chris HodgesThis is a non fiction christian book which I received from NetGalley. It is written by Chris Hodges, who is the founder and senior Pastor of Church of the Highlands, Alabama, which has satellite churches all over the state. Over 45,000 people attend these churches weekly. He is also Chancellor of Highlands College, a 2 year ministry training college.The book speaks to christians and seeks to guide them in remaining faithful to Gd in this 21st Century world. He provides basic steps to aid us in this, all with bible references and personal anecdotes. Most of his bible references are regarding Daniel, hence the title. His steps include knowing your identity, reconstructing your worldview, remaining faithful under pressure and allowing God to be in charge of our lives. He discusses each step in detail, breaking down how it is easily achievable. Some of his comments on the problems in our culture may seem to concern a very right wing fundamentalist christianity, often portrayed showing little love or grace. He however advocates love in each situation. Some may feel he is making a big deal about aspects of out society which are quite insignficant, when we live mostly in a society relatively tolerant of christianity. Our experience is a long way from the persecutions many experienced over the last 2 thousand years. But aside from this, his advice is still valid to all of us in our daily struggle to walk righteously with God.

  • Kyle Taylor
    2019-04-20 17:35

    I always love the books my former pastor puts out, but this one is definitely my favorite he has written. The premise of this book is also my favorite takeaway. That is that while cultures definitions of morality may change, we have a moral authority that remains the same; but while our standard goes higher, our love & grace must go deeper & deeper than ever before. Because ultimately "Truth without grace is mean, but grace without truth is meaningless"

  • Meagan Andersen
    2019-05-14 22:03

    This was such an incredible and compelling read. Chris Hodges clearly outlines simple steps that help you live with conviction, speak truth, and act in compassion and love. It’s definitely going on my ‘regular re-read shelf’ because I could stand a little reminding of how to be more like Jesus each year. Well organized, full of relevant truth, and challenging!

  • Lecy
    2019-05-03 15:48

    This compelling book by Chris Hodges outlines how Christians can live a life firmly in their faith and love others well, like the prophet Daniel, without succumbing to the pressure of lowering their standards or being an obnoxious, holier-than-thou person. Very encouraging to read.*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Amanda Miro
    2019-04-28 00:02

    Absolutely loved this book. It is a much needed book in our world of compromise with our faith. Chris Hodges will probably face a lot of turmoil for calling out sin in the book and standing his ground. It was an encouraging and refreshing read.

  • Brady
    2019-04-21 15:54

    Very good application of the Biblical book of Daniel to our current culture. The book reminded me of something I’ve heard and read before...that sharing your faith is a conversation, not a confrontation. We should point to truth and grace rather than condemnation.

  • Joel Stockstill
    2019-04-20 19:46

    Prophetic Word for our timeStrong message of both conviction and love. This book will challenge you on many fronts and you will be better when done. A little long at end.

  • Molly
    2019-05-08 17:45

    I would give this book 10 stars if I could! I enjoyed soaking up every word of this book. Life changing!

  • Regina
    2019-05-05 17:55

    Outstanding book! So apropos for today. I gained a new appreciation for Daniel and learned so much. Christians today NEED to read this book. Can't wait to read more by this author.