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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596692855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596692855
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crash Course is a must for every teen's backpack! Filled with faith-building stories, truth about God's plan and guidance on how to live out their faith in the midst of life's toughest moments.

----Susie Shellenberger, Editor SUSIE Magazine

About the Author

Daniel Darling is the Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author of Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, and iFaith (2011). His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, Pray!, Stand Firm, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. His op-eds have appeared in Newsweek/Washington Posts' On Faith section and other newspapers and opinion sites. He has been profiled by The Chicago Tribune.  Daniel is a contributing writer to Zondervan's Couples Devotional Bible.Dan's columns appear weekly at Crosswalk.com and monthly for the local Lake County Journals. Dan has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country, including, Steve Brown, etc, Moody Broadcasting Network, Harvest Television, The Sandy Rios Show, American Family Radio, and many others.
Daniel has a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College. He traveled extensively to India and the Middle East. He and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and a son and reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

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Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC). For five years, Dan served as Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, and his latest, Activist Faith. He is a weekly contributor to Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal. His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Relevant Magazine, Homelife, Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has guest-posted on leading blogs such as Michael Hyatt, The Gospel Coalition, OnFaith (Washington Post), and others. He is a contributing writer for many publications including Stand Firm, Enrichment Journal and others. Dan's op-eds have appeared in Washington Posts' On Faith, CNN.com's Belief Blog, and other newspapers and opinion sites. He is a featured blogger for Crosswalk.com, Churchleaders.com and Believe.com, Covenant Eyes, G92, and others.

Publisher's Weekly called his writing style "substantive and punchy."

Dan is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country, including CNN, 100 Huntley Street, Moody Broadcasting Network, Harvest Television, The Sandy Rios Show, American Family Radio, the Salem Radio Network, and a host of other local and national Christian media.

He holds a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College. He has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) and is currently pursuing a Master's degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keiki Hendrix VINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
A 100 day journey for teens with driven dialogue challenging the reader to discover, absorb, and live according to biblical truth."

Statistics tell us that 80% of the children who graduate high school leave the church for a time (or for good.) Why? Perhaps the reason is they have learned of doctrine but not made it their own.

Crash Course: Forming a Faith Foundation for Life by Pastor and Author, Daniel Darling is a tool offering teenagers a journey to know the truths of the bible for themselves.

This devotional digs deep into the foundations of Christianity. The daily messages are short and to the point. Each one is followed up with even shorter sections that drive home the point; The Bottom Line, Own It, Power Prayer, and Power Passage.

Teenagers want the net/net. You will lose their interest if the info is long in delivery. If a teenager truly wants to discuss the glorious adventure we call Christianity and works through 100 days of this book with a receptive heart, their faith will be strengthened and deepened.

This book is divided into five sections: Doctrine, How to Make Good Choices, What Should I Do With My Life, Staying True in a World of Lies, and Finding Joy in a Hard World. Each of the devotions and section endings are packed with other recommended websites, well-chosen reading material, and advice and tips making it a great resource.

What's inside? Here's a quick list of my favorites:

* Day 32: The Big Fat Mystery - deals with the nagging question in many hearts about the validity of the bible and drives the reader to get personal with God and ask Him themselves.
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"Crash Course" is a 100 day devotional aimed at teenagers, but it's written simply enough that ages 8-18 would all get something out of it. It's written in a conversational tone and was easy to understand.

The author gave one or two Bible verses, then a very brief illustrative story and an explanation of the day's concept based on those verses. He then suggested other resources for in-depth study (like other Bible verses to look up or another book or website or YouTube video on the subject).

Though each day's lesson was brief, his explanation was clear, concise, and covered the most important points. The lessons usually built on each other and were Bible-based.

Section One covered subjects like God, Christ, Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the Bible, Creation, Sin, Satan, Heaven, Hell, Baptism, Communion. His explanations were consistent with what most Protestant denominations teach. If there is some conflict in teachings (like the when of Rapture), he mentioned that before he explained what he believes.

Section Two covered subjects like God knows everything about you, cares for you, intends good toward you, wants you to show love toward others, and how to determine God's will for your life.

Section Three covered making decisions--by seeking God, who do you ask for advice, who influences your decisions, deciding on friends, dating, your future job, how to spend your money, etc.

Section Four covered making your faith your own, how to overcome temptation and sin, and how to grow and help others grow in their faith.

Section Five covered handling changes and sorrow, forgiveness, the source of happiness, getting you focus right, etc.
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I found this to be a good devotional for teens. It has a simple format and layout (usually about 1-2 verses to probe each day, along with a simple thought and one challenge question or thought). Darling writes with a direct style. He asks some good, sometimes "in-your-face" questions. Here are a few examples:

* what does God think about my life?
* in what ways is God calling me to give my life for the good of others?
* God raising me to be a difference-maker? (the answer that is expected is "Yes" but then ask "How so?")

Darling will make a teen think doctrinally. It's difficult to go deep in just one or two pages, but it will make them begin exploring.

The author provides several main division to help the reader go through several areas of doctrine and life together:

Doctrine: Knowing what you believe and why
How to Make Good Choices: based on who you are in Christ
What Should I Do With My Life?: Seeking God's Will (I found Darling's 90/10 rule very helpful)
Staying True In A World of Lies: maintaining purity & not compromising
Finding Joy In A Hard World: living in the midst of hardship & trials

When I served as a youth pastor, I would have loved for there to have been a substantive devotional guide such as Crash Course. Now there is and I highly recommend it.

This book was provided by New Hope Publishers ([...]) free of charge and for review purposes.
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By Charles Stone on June 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Although my kids are well beyond the teen years, I wish I could have given them this devotional when they were kids.

Daniel Darling, provided me a complementary copy of his new book called, Crash Course, forming a faith foundation for life.

Although written for the teen in mind, I was encouraged and learned a lot through the short two page devotionals. Each devotional includes a short story or insight on a particular subject. Daniel then includes a 'Bottom Line' statement that encapsulates the major theme. His 'Own It' suggestion includes a small, but doable project from reading a passage to watching a movie that reinforces the theme. He also adds a simple prayer and a verse of the day.

In 100 days, the reader will understand what it means to be a follower of Christ in these five areas.

-Doctrine-knowing what you believe and why
-Decisions-how to make good choices
-Direction-what should I do with my life?
-Devotion-Staying true in a world of lies
-Delight-finding joy in a hard world

I highly encourage parents and student leaders to get a box of these books and get them in the hands of teens.

Daniel also wrote Teen People of the Bible.
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