Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osborne

Meet a man forced to live in a fast-changing and godless society, where he faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed in Larry Osborne’s Thriving in BabylonDaniel, with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it. Though he lived thousands of years ago, he has a much to teach us today.


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Thriving in Babylon (David C. Cook, April 2015)

Meet a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. He faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed.

Sound familiar? His name was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it. Though he lived thousands of years ago, he has a much to teach us today.

Even in Babylon, God is in control.

In Thriving in Babylon, Larry Osborne explores the “adult” story of Daniel to help us not only survive – but actually thrive in an increasingly godless culture. Here Pastor Osborne looks at:

—Why panic and despair are never from God
—What true optimism looks like
—How humility disarms even our greatest of enemies
—Why respect causes even those who will have nothing to do with God to listen
—How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat

For those who know Jesus and understand the full implications of the cross, the resurrection, and the promises of Jesus, everything changes—not only in us, but also in our world.

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Larry Osborne

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Dr. Larry Osbornehas served as a senior pastor and teaching pastor at North Coast Church—one of the ten most influential churches in the country—since 1980. Dr. Osborne is the author of numerous books, including “Accidental Pharisees.” He and his wife live in Oceanside, California. They have three grown children.

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    Osborne is a gifted communicator who draws riches from the Scripture and compellingly drives them home to our lives. A major idea in Osborne’s writing is that Christians in cultures hostile to their faith often feel defeated—like the other team has won. But in Christ, we know the real outcome—Christ has won, and one day every knee will bow and tongue confess He is Lord. Jesus wins.

    We know that’s true, but don’t always live that way. We often live defeated, and defeated people don’t win others to their team. This book will not only keep you from despair, but will remind you of the amazing hope we have in Christ and the glorious opportunity we have to shine His light to a needy world.

    Written by Word + Life on August 3, 2015


    Osborne’s book, Thriving in Babylon, is a book that is easy to follow and a fairly quick read. The language and illustrations used allow the reader to follow the author’s train of thought without much distraction from the message he delivers.

    Written by simple harvest reads on July 31, 2015
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    Have you been discouraged as you see our culture deteriorating? Have you faced fear as ISIS spreads and homegrown terrorists spread panic across the world? Have you lamented the loss of freedoms caused by court decisions, increasing regulation, and political correctness? This is an easy read, but filled with thought-provoking challenges. Is my faith really all I think it is?

    Written by An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor on July 31, 2015
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    With comparisons to life in Daniel’s time to life now, this book is full of truths. We would all like to think we would be strong in the face of trial, but when it’s crunch time, we often find ourselves trying to blend in with the crowd. How could he stand up to so much testing? God was his peace and hope.

    A great mix of theology, history and what it looks like to love God with all your heart!

    Written by aTransParentMom on July 31, 2015
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    This book is for everyone, Larry is a gifted writer who guides his reader through Daniel’s life to give them hope for the times we live in. I found his book to be very encouraging and it gave me optimism for what God can do. I was so inspired by Larry’s words that I zipped through his book in a matter of days.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on July 31, 2015
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    You might find ideas that are challenging and that would be okay. You may find areas in the book with which you and that is okay too. Go to your Bible and read Daniel chapters 1-6 so you can refresh your heart and mind with God’s truth and discern what you’re reading in Thriving in Babylon. One of the main ideas really is He hasn’t called us to run scared or silent. He has given us Daniel as an example of what we can do or how we can live today that will impact hearts for Christ.

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on July 31, 2015
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    Fears about future, safety and discouragement. That does sound very familiar. It sounds like the world we all live in today. Throughout Thriving in Babylon, Dr. Larry Osborne connects how we can use the lessons learned by Daniel in today’s world. Because in reality, nothing has really changed that much.

    The lessons he needed to learn thousands of years ago are lessons we should all learn today. Within the pages of Thriving in Babylon, discover how to use the power of hope, accept the gift of humility and embrace the wisdom that Daniel sought.

    Dr. Larry Osborne introduced a story about a man he knew. One sentence he said about the subject stuck out.

    “He thought it began with non-Christians”

    Written by Adventures In Frugal Land on July 30, 2015
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    This volume is short and to the point but is filled with great examples and clear writing. Many will be challenged by this book and rightly so, that’s the point. Daniel did things in his day that many are afraid to emulate. They don’t think Daniel has ramifications for life today. Those are the men and women who will continue to live in the shadows, while the others who do follow in Daniels footsteps will be the ones who advance the kingdom in an unprecedented way.

    Written by On To Distant Pages on July 30, 2015
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    This book was a very interesting read and was a great reminder for me that many of those people in times past have faces the struggles and challenges that we face in this day and age. The story of Daniel has always been one of my favorites, he was someone who trusted in God and did not let the world around him sway who he was. This book is a great reminder that much like Daniel we live in a very wicked society and like Daniel we have the opportunity to change the world we live in. This was a well written, engaging read that really got me thinking. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 30, 2015


    In America these days, it does sometimes feels as if we are living in the Babylon of the Bible. I don’t always feel this way, but there are definitely times when the blatant animosity towards God and the Bible in our culture is jarring and very upsetting.

    That’s one reason I really this book. When I get worried and upset about how things are turning in our society, books like this help to get my focus back to what is important – God, the truth of Scripture, and what we as Christians have been called to do.

    Written by Shoopette’s Book Reviews on July 30, 2015


    This story serves us well, because so many Christians today are throwing their hands in the air and saying God has forgotten us – God is punishing our country – God is far away from us. Well, just because we may live in a godless society doesn’t mean we’re allowed to give up our hope in God. We are to live with those who do not serve God, respect the authorities in place, and thrive. Prove that God is greater than anything in this world.

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 30, 2015
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    In short I really, really liked this book. I wanted so badly to love it and aside from a few instances I did. But those instances were huge. I believe those were oversights, and I believe the author accomplished his goal of sharing with us how we can live godly lives in our culture. I give this book 4 out of 5 turning pages.

    Written by My Full Cup on July 29, 2015
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    Osborne uses both biblically accurate and practical everyday examples and illustrations to encourage believers not to give up the fight as days grow ever darker around us. He uses the framework of hope, humility and wisdom to build upon, and the result has become a powerful encouragement to believers no matter if they are new believers or if they have a mature and solid faith foundation.

    For me, this book was a literal godsend! I read thoroughly, highlighted, underlined, and used a host of sticky flags to mark passages that spoke to me. I think believers need this encouragement, and the challenge this book sets before us. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!!

    Written by Window To My World on July 29, 2015
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    If you are a Christian who is concerned about the changes that you see happening in our culture and what these things mean for your family and your future, then Thriving In Babylon is a great book to read!

    This informative and easy-to-read book provides a lot of insight into the life of Daniel and the challenges he faced living out his faith, and reminds us about the sovereignty of God and the traps that well-meaning Christians can fall into as they try to change the world around them.

    Be wise. Be humble. Treat others with respect. And most importantly, remember that God is always in control.

    This is the message of Larry Osborne’s book – and it’s a message we truly need to hear!

    I enjoyed this book and recommend it to you!

    Written by Create With Joy on July 27, 2015
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    For the time and place we live now, this book is an outstanding example for us. Daniel really lived in about the worst time and place ever. Though we are heading that direction, we are still free to worship, and read the Word. Daniel had so much to overcome and he was able to do it by realizing that God had his hand in everything. Clearly seeing this was “the foundation upon which his hope, humility, and wisdom rested.”

    The book takes a look of these components of Daniel.. Hope, Humility, and Wisdom. Looking at how Daniel handled situations in the fallen world, and utilizing him as an example for how we are to live similarly.

    I have high lights galore in this book! Such a great look at how we should be responding to the things going on around us now. The world is getting darker, but our light is still to shine.

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Review on July 27, 2015
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    One of the main things we learn from Daniel is the importance of our choices, even to those that might seem insignificant at the time. By laying a foundation of godly choices based on the truths of God’s Word, we are assured a life that will gain in significance and influence. The story of Daniel has always been fascinating to me. He and his friends withstood many obstacles and challenges in their exile, but because of their unwavering faith in God they earned the respect of the Babylonian and Persian kings they served. Over and over, the author emphasizes the importance of obedience to God’s principles as the building blocks of life. Once a pattern of right living is established, the pattern of obedience should be so ingrained in us there is no other option.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on July 27, 2015
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    This book is very easy to read and that’s one of the best things about it. It doesn’t read like a text book but like the author is sitting across from you sharing with you one-on-one. He also tells us that hope is the ultimate key to staying grounded and how we get that hope.

    This book will open your eyes to how we can live in this world and still hold fast to what we, as Christians belive. I enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on July 26, 2015
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    Thriving in Babylon is full of advice for Christians living in America today. I especially appreciated sections on examining our faith, as well as the descriptions of how to live lives full of hope, humility, and wisdom.

    While I didn’t agree with everything Osborne said, he certainly gave me a lot to think about.

    I really enjoyed Osborne’s writing style—it’s engaging, funny, and very easy to read and understand.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on July 26, 2015
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    Dr. Osborne lets us know that not only is it possible to live a Godly, confident life when it seems that the world around us seems to be falling apart, it is also possible to make a significant change for the good in that world. I think everyone should have a copy of this book. I think it would also make a great gift for friends and family. I recommend this book highly.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on July 21, 2015
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    This was a book that I thought would be good but it just lacked something in it. I tried to read it again , because I wanted to enjoy it but I could not find myself fitting in to it.

    Perhaps the writing style got to me. It was a very negative book showing the life of Daniel. It did not seem as practical as it could be. Also the theology was a bit wrong- showing we do not have top get involved.

    *I was given a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving this review. all opinions are my own.

    Written by Wisdom in books on July 21, 2015
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    This is a book that any Christian would benefit from reading. Timely, well written and researched, it has a message that we need to hear. It’s upbeat, informative, and full of the hope/confidence that comes from being reminded of God’s promises because, while we don’t understand all that’s happening at the time, we know how the story ends….Larry’s writing style flows so easily across the page. The depth is there, thorough and well thought out, but laced with humor and written just like he’s sitting across from you. This is an excellent book not only for personal use, but one from which pastors would benefit in their study. Highly recommended.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 20, 2015
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    The book is a relevant reading that can be apply to whatever time and generation one maybe experiencing.

    Written by Sunflower Faith on July 20, 2015
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    Osborne has lots of good and biblically sound things to share in his book. I appreciated how his thoughts on almost every page were directly linked to Scripture in the footnotes so readers have the chance to go to God’s Word themselves to see that Osborne’s thoughts are lining up with Scripture.

    Written by Mother of Three on July 20, 2015
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    If you were to read only one book this year, I would suggest this be it. I feel that strongly about the message Osborne has for Christians today. Some of what he says may seem counter intuitive, but then, so is the gospel. This book is full of biblical insight on how to live and thrive in our increasingly ungodly culture. I highly recommend it.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on July 17, 2015
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    Thriving in Babylon is upbeat-yet-serious, challenging and pastoral look at these lessons. As with every title I’ve read from David C Cook publishers, a lot is said in 199 pages. Expect to underline and make notes.

    Hope, Humility, and Wisdom.
    They matter if you’re trying to live well in a troubled world.

    For Daniel, his troubled world was Babylon. For you and I, it’s probably some corner of America. Larry Osborne takes you to the story of Daniel, highlighting the way God taught him how to live. Oh, the lessons we can learn from Daniel!

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on July 17, 2015
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    Discarding the “typical” approach of Daniel as a book of prophecy, disregarding the “popular” approach of Daniel as a book of encouragement, Dr. Larry Osborne simply delivers the truth. But, as the old proverb says, “Truth oft wears a wry face.” Can you handle the truth?

    Written by DocsDoins on July 17, 2015
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  • I found this to be a wonderful, easy to get through, non fiction book that shows how pertinent the life of Daniel is today. We are all called to flourish in the environment that God has placed us in, and this books helps to equip people to do just that. This book came along at a good time for me, since we are going through some of Daniel in my Scripture study, so this harmonized well with what we have been discussing in the class.
    I very much appreciated the author’s candor and humor. This is an excellent book for a personal or church library.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 16, 2015


    I also found much of the book filled with practical wisdom and common sense advice. I found that occasionally his advice went a little too far in the direction of needlessly exposing yourself and (as a mom) your young ones to godless company and compromise. While there is some wisdom to be used in making these kind of decisions, I find that his advice is very laissez-faire in a way that is not suitable the training and nurture we are supposed to give our children as well as in the advice for keeping godly company that the Bible gives out to us. Still, despite these drawbacks, all in all, this was a great book, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read it.

    Written by Raventhreads on July 15, 2015
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    In Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture, Larry Osborne dives head first into the story of Daniel, and how life for him in Babylon was probably not so different than our lives here now. Babylon was a godless society with so many fears, discouragement and spiritual warfare abounding. Larry reiterates that even though Daniel lived thousands of years ago, his story can still teach us so much today. So many people feel that God has forgotten us. The world is a sinful place. But it’s entirely possible to live in a godless world, and still have a personal intimate relationship with our Creator.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on July 15, 2015
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    Dr. Larry Osborne has written the kind of book that will grab the interest of the reader from the first page. This book called Thriving in Babylon, not only asks questions but he gives us ideas and ways to understand what is really happening today. In today’s day and age we can see similar things that Daniel had gone through those many, many years ago because he was a ChristiThe author speaks to us of keeping our faith even if it seems we are fighting a battle that just seems to go on and on. I really liked this book and it made me stop and think about what I was reading more than once. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own. –

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on July 14, 2015
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    Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osborne is an inspiring read. Twenty packed chapters will educate and encourage the reader to be influential in whatever environment we are planted. Using the prophet Daniel and his time in captivity in Babylon as the setting to parallel our own pagan-ish culture, the Bible comes to life and begs to be applied to daily existence today.

    Larry Osborne has filled these pages with humor and frank honesty about how Christians can influence a non-believing environment by blooming where we are planted. Daniel’s God-given characteristics of hope, wisdom and humility enabled him to influence kings. Those same qualities can be developed within us today and be persuasive in the name of Christ.

    Written by WORD Up! on July 2, 2015
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  • Thriving in Babylon – Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture contains a message for every Christian today seeking to make a positive impact on our culture by introducing the relevancy of the gospel message in the midst of the spiraling downward trend in Biblical core values in the world today.

    Written by Richard R. Blake on June 30, 2015