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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159669341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596693418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Darling is senior pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author of numerous books, including Teen People of the Bible (nominated for a Gold Medallion Award), Crash Course, and iFaith. Dan’s work has been featured by the leading evangelical publications, including Relevant, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, On Course, and In Touch. He is a contributing writer to Stand Firm, a columnist for Enrichment Journal, Crosswalk.com, and Lake County Journals. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in Newsweek/Washington Post’s On Faith section and other newspapers and opinion sites. He has been profiled by the Chicago Tribune and is a contributing writer to Zondervan’s Couples Devotional Bible. He has guest-blogged for Michael Hyatt and other leading blogs. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College. He and his wife, Angela, have four children and reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL.

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I've read all of Dan Darling's books.
Keiki Hendrix
In the introduction, Darling says the purpose of the book is to "awaken second-generation believers to a fresh intimacy with the risen Savior, Jesus Christ."
Auntie Em
It is a practical book which opens the door to God's joy if only you will look inside God's heart.
Jill P. Jones

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill P. Jones on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Do you own your faith or are you coasting along on the coattails of your parents bored with it all? Daniel Darling hammers out a powerful response to second generation Christians who are searching for a fresh spark in their relationship with God.

A lot of second generation Christians know the truth but don't live it out either because they don't want to or because the Christian life has been poorly modeled. Darling, in his book "Real", teaches in easy to understand concepts and examples how Christians can own their own faith and have an intimate relationship with God.

Each chapter follows with a conversation with a pastors, ministry leader and/or their children that further enlighten the concepts he has presented in that chapter. It's not another do this and you will find intimacy book. It is a practical book which opens the door to God's joy if only you will look inside God's heart.

My favorite chapter was "Chucking Your Checklists". God isn't looking for another Pharisee trying to prove our worth to Him by obeying a set of rules. The Christian life is not about jumping the bar someone else has imposed. It's about embracing God's standards as a means of grace so we can experience intimacy with Christ. The conversation with Trevin Wax helped me understand that sometimes I see myself as following Christ when really I'm just another Pharisee seeking approval.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Em on September 6, 2012
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Did you grow up in a Christian home? Or are you a first-generation Christian? Either way, you may struggle with the specter of sin and a longing to feel closer to God. REAL can help you with that. Once a person becomes a Christian, many people think your troubles are over, but that's rarely the case.

Author Daniel Darling is a second-generation Christian, raised in the church and working most of his adult life on staff at church where he grew up. Today, though, he is pastor at Gages Lake Bible Church in the Chicago area. He, like most modern church leaders, is concerned about the number of young people leaving the church once they're grown and on their own.

In REAL, Darling challenges those who grew up in the church to "step off the cliff" and claim the Christian faith for themselves. Know what you believe, why you believe it, and show what you believe by helping others and telling them about Jesus. But, don't think you're better than a brand-new Christian just because you've been around longer. In the twelve chapters, he addresses reasons Christians might leave the faith or have problems sticking with it. He offers solutions, but he does not preach. He interweaves his points with personal stories, Bible examples, and a gentle teaching style that makes you want to keep reading. Each chapter ends with an interview with a well-known Christian like Max Lucado's daughter.

In the introduction, Darling says the purpose of the book is to "awaken second-generation believers to a fresh intimacy with the risen Savior, Jesus Christ." I think he will accomplish his purpose. Read it, share it with friends, and/or use it as a group-study book.

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Daniel Darling, pastor and author of several books including Crash Course: Forming a Faith Foundation for Life, Teen People of the Bible: Celebrity Profiles of Real Faith and Tragic Failure, and iFaith: Connecting With God in the 21st Century now presents Real: Owning Your Christian Faith.

This book speaks to the heart of Christians who are sure of their salvation but often feel uncomfortable with many aspects of Christianity especially if they are second generation Christians or grew up with a weekly or daily diet of Christian teaching.

In Real, Darling encourages the reader to embrace, to engage in, and to get real with the faith they proclaim. It's an honest conversation between author and reader where he challenges the second generation Christian to stand up, stand out and get real and stop accepting doctrine but to question it, study it, and make it their own.

This was an interesting book. It sparked a great conversation between my husband and I about the perspectives adult Christians have toward Christianity. He was raised in Church, I was not. My husband agreed with the ideas Dan Darling presents. You cannot inherit Christianity. There comes a time when you simply 'make it your own' or you live out your life on the fringe of what you believe.

I've read all of Dan Darling's books. In each of them I read the heart of a pastor. He has a passion for connecting with the younger generation in new ways but always brings the reader back to the truth of what it really looks like to walk with Jesus everyday.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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More About the Author

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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