Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Interview With Daniel Darling and Book Giveaway!!

Hi ya'll, today for my interview I have author Daniel Darling. He is the author of several books but most recently Crash Course, a devotional for teens. I have 2 copies of this. One for review and one for giveaway. Needless to say, I am still reading the review book so I will be posting my review after I am done with it. But so far, this has been a very interesting book.

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.

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
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.

MANDATORY ENTRY-Tell me who you would give this book to if you won. Whether a relative, friend, or as a gift.

EXTRA ENTRIES-These can only be done after the mandatory entry is done. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
1.Follow Daniel in some way. Through Twitter, Facebook or on his site through the RSS Feed. Then leave a comment telling me what you did.
2.Follow me in some way. Whether through Google friend connect, Twitter, or RSS Feed. Leave a comment for each way you follow me.
3.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 3 times a day.

Thanks everyone for entering! You will love this book!
US ONLY!!

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.

15 comments:

Ariel said...

I would keep this book for myself! I would read it.

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Ariel said...

I am a GFC follower.

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Just Laur said...

Daniel's book would go first to my daughter, then to my son. Both are in the process of "making the faith we raised them with, their own." Thank you for this interview!

Just Laur said...

I follow Daniel on Facebook! :)

Kristie said...

Actually, I'm a librarian and I would donate it to our collection. And if they didn't want it (gasp!) I would give it to a local pastor. Thank you for this opportunity.

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Kristie said...

I follow you on Google Reader. Thanks!

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tanya904 said...

I would give this book o my 16 year old sister Thanks for the chance to win
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Taffy said...

I have twin teenagers so I would give it to them!

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Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win this for my youth group kids! Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Mrs. Cardenas said...

Hi! I would give this book to my mom to read and then I would read it after her!
mac07g10@yahoo.com

Thanks for following me over at Sweetbeansoflife.blogspot.com! You posted under my Craft it Forward post. I just wanted to see if that was somethnig you were interested in doing. Let me know!
Melissa

Mrs. Cardenas said...

I am also following you through gfc!
mac07g10@yahoo.com

Nancye said...

I would like to give this book to my 15 year old son.

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Nancye said...

I follow Daniel on Twitter
@NancyeDavis

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Nancye said...

I follow Giveaway Gal on GFC

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
@NancyeDavis

http://twitter.com/NancyeDavis/status/23876170258

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