September 2011 Posts

Why I Blog: Dan Darling

Our series, Why I Blog, has returned! This week’s guest is Dan Darling. Dan is a pastor, author and excellent blogger. One of my favorite features at Dan’s Blog is Friday Five. He’s interviewed a ton of interesting people including Tyndale author’s Jerry Jenkins, Chris Fabry and Alex Chediak. Be sure to check out Dan’s blog and his latest book iFaith.

Why I Blog by Dan Darling


The way I see it, there are two kinds of serious bloggers. There are those who star their public life blogging and by producing consistent, daily, dedicated content, they begin to attract a following that provides a platform for other endeavors like public speaking and books. Guys like Jon Acuff, Tim Challies, and others fit into this mode.

Then there are others who have already established somewhat of a platform through writing, speaking, columns, ministry, etc. These folks tend to utilize blogging as a landing place for additional content, as a forum to expand on book themes, sermon series, and as a place to simply articulate ideas that don’t fit other platforms.

This is me. I’ve been a writer and editor my entire adult life, having worked behind the scenes for a Christian organization, doing ghost-writing, editing, web content, and other ministry stuff. A few years ago, I began to write my own stuff for publication and have since enjoyed contributing to publications such as Christianity Today, Relevant, In Touch, and others. I’m now a contributing writer to the men’s magazine, Stand Firm and a columnist for several publications, such as, Clash Entertainment, Enrichment Journal as well as a local newspaper.

I’ve also written three books and serve as the senior pastor of a local church. All of these combined with a rich family life (three kids, one on the way) give me a deep  well from which to get good, rich blog content.

I began blogging regularly a few years ago. What I love about blogging is that it provides a forum for ideas and thoughts that don’t quite fit into a sermon, a book chapter, or a column/devotional. I’m also able to be a bit more free in this space, perhaps taking on a tough cultural issue from a Christian perspective.

In May of 2010 I started a feature I call The Friday Five. Every Friday I interview a leading evangelical leader. I’ve interviewed some of my favorite authors, including Jerry Jenkins, Eric Metaxes, and others. It’s a way of showcasing the works of some of my friends while also servicing my readers by giving them insight into some of the best leaders and organizations.

This is my only regular feature, however, I do try to post at least one other significant post a week, usually on a church or culture-related topic.  I’m finding blogging is a wonderful tool, a way to express short, tight writing and provoke a conversation.

Francine Rivers Her Daughter’s Dream Giveaway – Win Signed Copies!

To celebrate the release of Francine Rivers’s bestselling book Her Daughter’s Dream in softcover, we are giving away two signed copies!

In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.

Here’s how you can sign up to win a signed copy of this book:

Each completed action counts as one entry. To receive more than one entry, complete multiple actions.
– Visit Tyndale’s e-newsletter page and sign up to receive the Fiction First e-newsletter or one of Tyndale’s other great e-newsletters.
– Visit Francine Rivers’s Facebook page and become a fan.
– Visit the Tyndale House Facebook page and become a fan.

-Entries accepted until September 30th, winners will be announced on October 3rd.

*Giveaway open to US residents only.

Fill out this form to enter:

My First Hands-On Bible

Check out this great video review that one of our publicists put together with two of her kids for My First Hands-On Bible.  I recommend checking out the product page for this book here, and below you can find information on a great contest that is running.

For those of you who have a copy of this or plan on picking up a copy, here’s a contest you’ll probably want to know about.

We wanted you to be the first to know that we have just launched a video contest for this book. If you post a video review on your blog and, you will be entered into a contest to win an extra copy of the Bible for a friend, their church, etc., AND a $50 gift card to

BONUS! Include a video a segment of you and your child(children) doing one of the activities from the Bible and your name will be submitted twice. There are lots of easy activities that can be done with items in the home. If you want to do this, please name the story, the bible passage it is from and then do the activity. It’s that easy! You have until Oct. 28, 2011 to enter.

To see an example of kids doing one of the activities, check out this video here.

Once you’ve uploaded the video to your blog and, then email to be entered in the contest. Thanks for your time.

Remembering September 11th, 2001

Several of our ebook vendors are offering sale prices on two of our September 11th related memoirs. Below you can read more details about these two powerful true stories of loss, love and faith. As the 10th anniversary approaches it’s important to remember the stories of the people who lost friends and family that day and pray for their continued healing.

Let’s Roll by Lisa Beamer

2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner
The best-seller that has brought comfort and hope to millions in the wake of 9/11 is now available in softcover! Let’s Roll!—the moving, behind-the-scenes story of United Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer and his widow, Lisa—is so much more than a tribute. A message of character, courage, and undeniable faith in the face of horrifying tragedy, it encourages anyone who reads it to live real life right now . . . and to have confidence and hope for the future.


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Refined By Fire by Brian & Mel Birdwell

2005 Gold Medallion Award finalist
When hijacked American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, LTC (RET) Brian Birdwell was only 15 to 20 yards away. He stepped out into the corridor and was instantly engulfed in flames—burns consumed 60 percent of his body, with almost 40 percent of them third-degree. Thirty-plus operations and countless physical therapy sessions later, his recovery has truly been remarkable, and spiritually he and his family are stronger than ever before. Brian and his wife, Mel, tell their captivating story of God’s grace and sovereignty.


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