Review of The Gospel According to Daniel

The Gospel According to Daniel
In The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach, Pastor Bryan Chapell gives an overview of the book of Daniel, one chapter at a time. The first six chapters highlight the lessons learned from Daniel’s life, while the last six deal with Daniel’s visions and how his prophetic dreams have implications for us today. This book is not a verse-by-verse exposition of the book of Daniel, but rather examines God’s sovereignty through Daniel’s life as he sought to serve God in a foreign land, and how his example influences our lives today. Although Chapell does not go into depth and speculate about every detail of prophecy, he comes to the conclusion that every event that takes place–past, present, or future, has a purpose in God’s plan and under His sovereign control.

The strongest part of The Gospel According to Daniel is its solid biblical approach. Much of the theology in today’s evangelical world is shallow and self-centered. Pastor Chapell places an emphasis on God’s sovereignty and absolute power, and he is able to do so in an approachable and accessible way. Chapell acknowledges differing eschatological views without much criticism. He does not address the details of Daniel’s vision, but stresses the big picture, saying that God will draw everything to a conclusion in a way He deems fit.

However, The Gospel According to Daniel felt much longer than a 224-page book at times. I expected Chapell to actually interpret more of the biblical text. The failure to address eschatology in its context leads to more application than necessary. With all the illustrations and applications used, I found myself skimming through some pages. For me, the book probably would have been more effective as a sermon series. Overall, I found The Gospel According to Daniel biblically and theologically sound and easy to understand, but a bit tedious in application.

 
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents, and kitty, Lily.
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