Thank you for being with us today, Daniel! How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I've had a love for writing since early high-school. I had a teacher pull me aside one day and say, "Dan, you've got a gift." I had others come alongside and mentor me and coach me. I've always had a love for words. As a child, we didn't own a TV, so I read voraciously, anything I could get my hands on. And I remember walking through a bookstore thinking, "Someday maybe I'll have a book in here." Writing has always been one of my passions and it allows me to communicate God's love to people around the world.
Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
Crash Course is a unique, 100-day devo for teens that focuses on the five most important areas of a young person's life: doctrine, decisions, devotion, direction, and delight. Essentially its a primer on life. My heart is to guide young people, whether high-school or early college and help set them on their God-given course. This is a book you'd give to a young person going off to college or to a high-school senior or junior.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
I want them to know that life isn't mean to be lived in medocrity, that God has a purpose for them beyond just drifting, hoping, and waiting for some mystical sense of God's will. I want them to know they are chosen, special, and gifted for a purpose beyond their wildest dreams, to fulfill their mission on this earth.
Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I've been fortunate to travel to a lot of places in my life, including Israel, Egypt, parts of Europe, India, Mexico. But I have always wanted to take a three week tour of Europe and soak in the history. I'd love to travel in the places of the early church. Also, I've never been to Alaska and I would love to go there sometime.
Wow, good question. Probably Abraham Lincoln, for his courage, faith, and compassion. And contemporary person, probably Dr. David Jeremiah. I love his preaching.
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
I would have loved to be present at the American Revolution, not necessarily in the theatre of battle, but just with the various men as they made very tough, personal decisions about the direction of the country. I wouldn't mind having been sitting with FDR in his cabinet during WW2.
Do you have a favorite hobby?
Well, I love to read, but besides that, I love sports. I'm a huge baseball, basketball, and football fan. I also enjoy playing basketball and golf.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
Good question. Perhaps they might not know that I have a slight fear of dogs. I'm not like crazy afraid of them, but I'm never the guy to reach down and hug and pet them.
If you could have one chance to talk to a young person, what would you impress on them?
Well, I would say to them that God knows them by name, loves them unconditionally, and that the Gospel has not only restored them to a right relationship with God and guaranteed them Heaven, but has also restored them to their original purpose, to glorify God. They are not just another number, statistic. They were created in God's image to fulfill his purpose.
Any last thoughts for your readers?
I'd love to enourage them to check out danieldarling.com. Every Friday I interview a famous Christian author, pastor, or speaker. I also have podcasts on a variety of subject and articles, free downloadable tip sheets, and a bunch of content they might be interested in.
And how can they connect with you?
Visit danieldarling.com and through there you can connect to me on Facebook, Twitter and/or email.
READERS-This book, from what I have read, is a very well written devotional for teens. Daniel covers a lot of issues most teens probably wouldn't even think about normally. And, like I said at the beginning, I have a copy of this book to giveaway.
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This giveaway will end 9/7. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen. I did receive a copy of this book for review. I did not receive any monetary compensation.