Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

My 2010 New Year’s Resolutions

 I really take New Year's seriously. I love this time of year, because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on what God has done in the last year and to set new goals for the next year. I know that by February most of us ditch our resolutions, but I don't think that means we shouldn't ever set goals. So here are mine:  Make a concerted effort to lose a significant amount of weight. Time to put the fork down.  Spend more and better time in the Word.  Serve my wife and kids with less eye-rolling and more of a Christ-like attitude.  Read more good books, even ones that are more of a discipline to read.  Care more about things on God's heart, like the work of the church and the salvation of souls...

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Books I Plan to Read This Year

Every year I read a pile of books, some from friends, others for ministry and preaching, and still others that really peak my interest. Here is my pile of books for 2010 with some comments: Every year I read a pile of books, some from friends, others for ministry and preaching, and still others that really peak my interest. Here is my pile of books for 2010 with some comments: The Power of His Presence by Ray Stedman - I'm currently reading this--its a devotional book compiled from his sermons, which were always expository, deep, and convicting. I regularly read his sermons at raystedman.org. Love and Respect by Emmerson Eggerich - This is long overdue, but a terrific marriage book. I'm currently reading it. Its an amazing exposition really of the well-known but often misapplied instruction in Ephesians. Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris - I've always enjoyed Josh's writing, preaching, and...

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Tea with Hezbollah

I was given the opportunity to review Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medaris. The following is my review: If you have read any of Ted Dekker's novels, you are aware that you won't ever pick one up and find a normal read. Ted probably has one of the most imaginative minds in all of evangelical literature. Some of his work, especially his latest stuff, has tended to the dark side and has turned off some evangelical readers. Nevertheless, Ted is a first-class writer and an excellent wordsmith. So when I was given the opportunity to review his nonfiction work, Tea with Hezbollah, I jumped at the chance. It's an interesting read. On one level, it's a remarkable sort of travelogue into the world of some of America's feared enemies. Ted interviews leaders in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Cairo, Syria, and Palestine. He met with leaders of Hezbollah, Hamas, and many of...

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