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Nice Review of Crash Course

My good friend, Charles Stone, has written a wonderful review of Crash Course:

Although my kids are well beyond the teen years, I wish I could have given them this devotional when they were kids.

You can read the rest of the review here.


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7 Factors to Determine Your Direction

I run into a lot of young people who are pretty committed to following Christ with their lives and yet they sort of live in this fog about exactly what that looks like for them. We tend to over-spiritualize God’s Will as if it is some hazy, foggy, wispy thing when it is really not that hard to discern.

Here are some biblical guidelines for pursuing, finding, and obeying God’s direction for your life. Read More


5-4-3 Tools for Making Good Decisions

5 Things To Know:

1) Know What You Believe (Matthew 6:45; Proverbs 23:7)

What you believe down deep in your heart is the most important thing about you. Notice I said what you believe, not what your parents or pastor or guidance counselor believes. Every major life decision should be run thru the filter of your personal statement of faith.

2) Know Who You Are (Psalm 139: Ephesians 1:4; Jeremiah 29:11)

Who are you? A random speck, a useless statistic? Or are you special, called by God, chosen, adopted, redeemed, loved, wonderfully created, uniquely designed, carefully held? Before you can know what to do you must know who you are and who you were created to be.

3) Know Who to Talk To (Proverbs 11:14) Read More


Crash Course Reviews

Two new reviews of Crash Course:

  • Christ Focus Book Club:
  • Teens Read Too:

Rollerblading and the Truth

This is an excerpt from my new book, Crash Course

When I got out of high school I had the bright idea of learning to Rollerblade™. Now if you know me, you know I’m about as coordinated as a giraffe on a skateboard. So I bought some Rollerblades™ and set off for the biggest hill I could find.

The downhill part was cool—all 4.5 seconds of it. But when I ended up in a heap at the bottom of the hill, I realized two things. 1) Pavement really hurts, and 2) As hard as I tried, it just wasn’t in me to Rollerblade™.

I packed up the blades and sold them on E-bay.

A lot of religious people think if they work really hard, they can get to heaven. They think that if they pull a Mother Teresa, God will overlook all of their sin.

There’s a problem with that. Everybody has a different standard of what’s right and what’s wrong. So who’s to say how many good works are enough?

Actually, you’d have to be perfect your entire life. That’s the unreachable standard. The Bible says that our attempts to make God happy with our good works are like “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). That doesn’t mean we should stop doing good things. It means what we try to do falls way short compared to what God expects.

Here’s the deal. Becoming a Christian is not about trying harder. It’s not about digging in and doing better. It’s about realizing how sinful we are and how holy God is. It’s about calling out to God and accepting His gracious gift of forgiveness.


Upcoming Media Appearances

My latest book, Crash Course, is set to launch on the first week of April and so I am going to appear in interviews in the next few weeks. You can typically go their website and listen live or hear the archives:

Pray for me as I try to share what God has laid on my heart in the message of Crash Course.


Crash Course

Crash Course

Releases – April, 2010
To Order:
Barnes and Noble
ISNB#: 9781596692855

Life contains more surprises and twists than most teens couldever imagine.These unforeseen, often difficult, events routinely lead todoubt, worry, and anxiety. Crash Course, a 100-day devotionalfor teens, encourages teens to form a solid foundation of faithin God’s Word that will support them when life’s obstaclescome harder and faster. This unique 100-day devotional is a crash course on life for young people ready to face life on their own.

Developing a faith they can confidently defend
Pursuing a faith they can call their own
Building a faith that endures through difficulties
Championing a faith that conquers compromise
Growing in a faith that depends on Christ, and not themselves

Key Features:

Crash Course is divided up into 5 key areas:

  • Doctrine – Know what you believe and why
  • Decisions – How to make good choices
  • Devotion – How to stay connected to God.
  • Direction – Finding God’s purpose for your life.
  • Delight – Discovering joy in a hard world.


“Today’s teens want truth, guidance and authenticity, and they quickly see through the opposites. That’s why Crash Course is a must for every teen’s backpack! Filled with faith-building stories, truth about God’s plan and genuine guidance on how to live out their faith in the midst of life’s toughest moments, Crash Course takes teens on an incredible ride to developing solidity in their relationship with Christ. Daniel Darling has definitely proven himself as an excellent communicator to today’s generation, and I’m excited about the message inside these pages!

—Susie Shellenberger, Editor SUSIE Magazine

The Story Behind the Book

After writing Teen People of the Bible, I had quite a few teens and youth pastors and parents ask for another 100-day devo. The idea God gave me was for something to equip young people for life.  It seems many young people, even so-called “good Christian kids” really lack the guidance and maturity to make decisions in life, to find God’s will, and to pursue Him with truth. So I set out to create a book that a teen could read over a summer, maybe even the summer between High School and college. Or maybe it something he tackles his first few months in college, when he’s sitting in that dorm room and doubting everything about life.

New Hope really stepped up with some great ideas to help shape this book. I’m grateful to their vision on this.

  • Developing a faith they can confidently defend
  • Pursuing a faith they can call their own
  • Building a faith that endures through difficulties
  • Championing a faith that conquers compromise
  • Growing in a faith that depends on Christ, and not themselves