bookThe Original Jesus

How often do you hear someone say, “the Jesus I know . . . ” You’ve probably said it yourself. I’ve said it. But here’s the problem. There isn’t the “Jesus I know” and the “Jesus you know.” There is only one Christ.

In this new book I take a look at ten different ideas of Jesus from pop culture and compare them to the Jesus we see revealed in Scripture. I also ask the question, why is it that we create a Jesus of our own imagination rather than accepting the Jesus who is?”

This was one of my favorite books to work on because I’m excited about the message: Jesus. Not the Jesus we want, but the Jesus we need.


The Original Jesus releases September 1st, but you can preorder now! Here are some links:

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Here are some kind things others have said about The Original Jesus

“If you have questions, or even frustrations, about the person of Jesus Christ–this book is for you. It cuts through our society’s confusing and contradictory opinions about Jesus to find the glorious, wonderful reality of him spread throughout the pages of Scripture.”
Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

“This is a good book. It is well written and, in fact, a delightful read. It is biblically and theologically rich. It is also insightful and convicting. It will make some of you mad. Good! Hopefully God will use that to expose some areas of your life that need to be transformed and changed by his penetrating Word.”
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

“presents a a Jesus who is different than we would have chosen, but better than we could ever have imagined.”
The Gospel Coalition

“This book makes helpful reading for anyone willing to have his or her understanding of Christ critiqued and corrected.” Will Willimon for Christianity Today

“In a world of cheap imitations of the gospel and false portraits of the Savior, Dan Darling’s work makes me yearn to know better the biblical Jesus–the Savior who demands we worship him for who he is, not what we want him to be. And in that worship, we discover the true Jesus is even better than the false versions we construct. Read and be refreshed.”
Trevin Wax, managing editor, The Gospel Project; author of Counterfeit Gospels, Clear Winter Nights, and Gospel-Centered Teaching

“Remaking Jesus in our own image has been a problem for two millennia, but the abundant varieties of ‘(fill in the blank) Jesus’ are especially pronounced in today’s postmodern iWorld. Dan Darling’sThe Original Jesus offers an excellent, needed corrective, dispelling prominent Jesus myths with biblical clarity and witty wisdom. Darling reminds us that the Jesus who is far exceeds any Jesus we might want or imagine.”
Brett McCracken, author of Gray Matters and Hipster Christianity

“As fallen, finite people, we can’t help but re-create Jesus according to our fallen, finite understandings. Yet, if we are to worship the Creator rather than the creation, we must strive to distinguish the Jesus of God’s Word from the one cast in our own image. If you want to sort out the false Jesus of our culture from the true Jesus of the Bible, then you will want to read this book. The Original Jesus gathers up the fragments of our modern-day images of Jesus and begins–through faithful adherence to Scripture–to bond them back together.”
Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More–Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

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Here is the chapter outline:

Chapter 1: Guru Jesus – A really wise guy, slightly less than God

Chapter 2: Red-Letter Jesus – A guy much nicer than those angry prophets

Chapter 3: Brave-Heart Jesus – A really masculine dude with a hairy chest and a bad temper

Chapter 4: American Jesus – A God for the red states

Chapter 5: Free-Range Jesus – When God drove a Prius and rocked great parties

6: Dr. Phil Jesus – He’ll fix all your problems, y’all

Chapter 7: The Prosperity Jesus – He wants to help you win and get lots of stuff

Chapter 8: Post-Church Jesus – Don’t invite this guy to church. He’s more comfortable at Starbucks

Chapter 9: BFF Jesus – He’s available to date, after you break up with your boyfriend.

Chapter 10: The Legalistic Jesus – He’ll help you find your way to Heaven, but don’t ever cross him.