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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Start2Finish Books; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615744931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615744933
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Derision of Heaven is a concise, informative introduction to the difficult text of Daniel. All of us who need to understand Old Testament prophecy better can use Michael Whitworth's book, which also urges us (in a strong, scriptural way!) to rededicate ourselves to Kingdom service." —Dr. Caleb G. Colley

"This in-depth study of the book of Daniel compares the Israelite exile to today's church. Like in his first book, The Epic of God: A Guide to Genesis, Whitworth makes scholarship accessible and draws surprising applications from the text." Christian Chronicle

"The Derision of Heaven is an excellent study of the book of Daniel. Not only does it bring to life the biblical principles of sovereignty and disciplined Christian living, but it is comforting to anyone who is seeking answers to the failing influence of the church in America." —Bill Howard, Readers' Favorite

"Whitworth writes in a comfortable, almost casual style but is always profoundly respectful of the inspiration behind Daniel's account." —Gospel Advocate

"Michael Whitworth's greatest contribution in the pages ahead is not just his careful scholarship of the Daniel text (making it refreshingly accessible to the average reader), but also his challenge to the church to see Daniel as a must-read for Christians who are now facing the imminent prospect of spiritual exile in our own homelands." —F. LaGard Smith

About the Author

Michael Whitworth is the owner of Start2Finish Books and preaches in Bowie, Texas. He is the author of several works, including two award-winning books, The Epic of God and The Derision of Heaven. He is an avid landscape photographer and blogs regularly at Start2Finish Blog, a reflection of his daily struggle to become more like Jesus. He considers M&Ms his brain food is fond of large Mason jars. He's a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Alabama Crimson Tide. In his spare time, Michael loves reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his family and furry golden retriever.

More About the Author

Michael Whitworth is the owner of Start2Finish and preaches in Bowie, Texas. He is the author of several works, including two award-winning books, "The Epic of God" and "The Derision of Heaven," the first two of an entire series of trusted, engaging Guides to all the books of Bible that seek to deepen the reader's faith in God and celebrate the joy of the Christian life.

He is an avid landscape photographer and blogs regularly at start2finish.org, a reflection of his daily struggle to become more like Jesus. He considers M&Ms his brain food is fond of large Mason jars. He's a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Alabama Crimson Tide.

In his spare time, Michael loves Bible study, reading, drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his family and furry golden retriever.

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I highly recommend The Derision of Heaven to anyone interested in learning more about the book of Daniel.
Timothy C. Archer
I read Whitworth's book looking for insight into the book of Daniel and receive much more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gipson Baucum on September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Derision of Heaven is a study guide for the Old Testament book of Daniel. If you liked The Epic of God, you will find that DERISION is a suitable follow up effort, following the same style that made EPIC so successful. Once again Whitworth has made an effort to present serious research in an engaging manner for the average reader, while offering practical application in the talking points at the end of each chapter.

Daniel is a tough book to study because of the way the literature varies within the book itself. The first half of the book is, for the most part, constructed as narratives told about the the Jewish exile, Daniel, and his companions. The last half of the book is very apocalyptic. But Whitworth is able to masterfully tie it all together and show its modern relevance. His core message is that, much as in Daniel's day, God's people today are exiled in an increasingly secular culture. The only suitable response is to rely on the sovereignty of God, realizing that he causes kingdoms to rise and fall. The church today can be encouraged by the example of Daniel and his companions as we try to make our way in this world as strangers and pilgrims, knowing our citizenship is in a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

I really appreciate the way the author deals with the apocalyptic sections of text. There are many who get caught up in trying to decode every amazing detail of chapters 7-12. Oftentimes interpreters read their preconceived notions about end times into the details of the apocalypse instead of letting the text speak for itself and learning the lessons that can easily be known. Whitworth encourages us to understand the big picture. He gives likely explanations for difficult texts without being dogmatic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bart Warren on September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am so thankful for this book by Michael Whitworth. As he himself says in so many words, the book of Daniel is largely ignored saved for the "Vacation Bible School stories" of Daniel and the Lions' Den and The Fiery Furnace. What does the average person know about this book not counting these two historical events? It is high time for the church to pay close attention to the message of Daniel. Contained herein is a pertinent message for the modern church. As Whitworth says in the introduction, "In short, the book of Daniel teaches the church how to behave while exiled in a hostile culture."

If you are familiar with Whitworth's writing, you expect the material to be engaging, easy to read, compelling, often funny, and always biblically balanced. This book fits that bill. He has an ability to cover vast amounts of material, as well as complicated subjects, in such a way that you actually enjoy reading it. This is no small task, but it is part of what makes his books so great.

The Derision of Heaven is certainly not a commentary in the normal sense, as it is not a verse-by-verse examination of the text. Rather, it is exactly what the subtitle states - a guide. Whitworth guides the reader through all the major sections of the book, highlighting the most intriguing aspects and mentioning the contentions of the scholars. The work is made more substantive by the copious amount of endnotes (one could really dig deeper by following the leads in these notes).

All the familiar stories that make up chapters 1-6 are handled in a superb fashion. Whitworth is able to take classic stories that we feel like we know so well and actually give them deeper meaning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Archer on September 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was provided with a review copy (ebook) of the book The Derision of Heaven by Michael Whitworth. I was not asked to provide a positive review, merely an objective one.

Whitworth's book is a study of the biblical book of Daniel, falling somewhere between scholarly commentary and popular devotional. With 425 endnotes, the documentation is there to support a scholarly study, yet Whitworth has tried to make the book accessible to the average reader.

Each of the ten chapters is divided into sections of textual study followed by a final section of "talking points." The talking points focus on practical application, though there is plenty of application throughout the book.

Each of the first nine chapters covers one chapter of Daniel, then the last three chapters are studied as one section. Whitworth admits being more comfortable with the narrative sections of the book than he is with the visionary sections, and that shows in the writing. Still, he does a good job of taking both the familiar (stories like the lions' den and the fiery furnace) and the unfamiliar (the prophetic sections) and presenting them in a way that everyone can read them profitably.

Overall, it's an excellent work, one to be commended to the casual Bible reader and the serious student alike. The flaws I noticed were minor. There were a couple of places were I felt the editor could have done a better job; an unclear antecedent in the Q&A section makes it sound like the book of Daniel was written during Hitler's lifetime. The other distracting factor for me was the author's habit of inserting humorous comments at random times. (Ironically, that's something I'm often guilty of)

As I said, those are minor flaws.
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