A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? Daniel gives us practical and personal help with these questions.This LifeGuide Bible Study features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection. Leader's notes are included with information on study preparation, leading the study and small group components as well as helps for specific Bible passages covered in the study. Presented in a convenient workbook format and featuring the inductive Bible study approach, LifeGuides are thoroughly field-tested prior to publication; they're proven and popular guides for digging into Scripture on your own or with a small group.
While the Bible study practices of InterVarsity didn’t mesh well with my Christian private high school education where an exhaustive concordance was just one of many necessary supplements, I did find that I learned a thing or two from this book, most of them pertaining to historical events. In the past, I’ve studied the Book of Daniel to death, so there’s nothing really new from a religious or spiritual point of view (though I was surprised to find that the most common interpretation of the prophecies pertained to pre-present events, and not apocalyptic events, as one of my teachers at the afore-mentioned school made it out to be).
If you do pick up this book, make sure you have a Bible handy, as, for whatever reason (most likely the copyright on the NIV), this book does not contain any passages (something that would have been very usefull. C’mon, Zondervan, get with the program!)
This book is will not blow your mind off with critical interpretation. It will, however, present you with easily digestible chunks that span the entire Book of Daniel. It is thus recommend for a more light study or as an aid to a wider study of the Book of Daniel.