The Launch of My Book, REAL

So July is the official launch of my latest book, REAL, Owning Your Christian Faith. This book has been on my heart for years and I'm glad to see it finally coalesce into a book. I wrote Real for a few reasons: I wanted to give voice to the struggles that many second-generation Christians face growing up in the church. I wanted to talk to those who grew up in the church and both encourage and challenge them to grab a hold of the baton and carry God's truth in their generation. I wanted to write a book about growing up in church that wasn't a whiny memoir of how terrible the church is. I wanted to write a book about growing up in church that wasn't advocating the overthrow of everything we do in church. I wanted to write a book about the real reasons kids leave the church--the deep-rooted, theological reasons, such as original sin, temptation, and...

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Drew Dyck on Real

I was honored to receive this endorsement of REAL by Drew Dyck, editor of Leadership Journal: "Second generation faith can be a little like next day pizza—cold, stale, and tough to swallow. Darling’s book is for those weary of subsisting on spiritual leftovers. He understands the sometimes stultifying effect of the evangelical subculture on spirituality and sees what it takes to thrive as a second generation Christian. The writing here is lively and the reflections—interspersed with interviews with top ministry thinkers—are fresh. The perfect read to send fresh wind through your spiritual life." Drew Dyck is the managing editor of Leadership Journal and author of Generation Ex-Christian: Why young adults are leaving the faith…and how to bring them back (Moody)....

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Real Book Trailer

Here is the book trailer for my new book, REAL, Owning Your Christian Faith. Many thanks to my brother, Tim Darling, who worked long and hard on this:   ...

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Endorsements for Real

I'm humbled and honored to received these endorsements for my upcoming release: Real.  “Daniel Darling knows that faith cannot be inherited; it must be owned. In REAL, he shows us exactly how to develop an organic and authentic faith. This compact but powerful book will revitalize the spiritually bored and burned out by helping them glimpse Jesus in fresh ways.” Jonathan Merritt, author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars “Dan Darling’s spot-on perceptions, honesty, and gentle kindness permeate this insightful book for understanding and helping today’s generation. I found various emotions welling up inside as I read the stories, the interviews, and the insights shared in REAL: Owning Your Christian Faith. His engaging and informative style of writing quickly drew me into each chapter with anticipation of what was coming next. This book is contemporary, raw, humorous, eye-opening, and valuable for today’s church to read. I appreciate...

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