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March 10, 2008

Book Review: Teen People of the Bible

teen%20people%20of%20the%20bible%20cover.jpgProfiling 30 teens and their lives in Scripture, Teen People of the Bible: Celebrity Profiles of Real Faith and Tragic Failure (2007), is a project that author Daniel Darling refers to as an opportunity to “encourage Christian teens to do more than what the church and society expects from them.”

“The truth is that God calls young people right now, today, where they are, to do great things for Him. That is the message of the teens in the Bible. Don’t wait until you’re older. Don’t wait until someone taps you on the shoulder and says, here’s your life. Seize the moment.”

Narrating the lives of characters like Cain and Abel, Rachel and Leah, Josiah, Jeremiah and Joash, Darling has composed a 100 day devotional recounting the issues teens face each and every day. With questions like “can I afford to ignore small sins?” to “how do I handle a diva” and “who am I when no one is looking?,” the devo offers readers an easy to read (and meditate) format that highlights real issues of faith as seen from a teen.

Darling first thought of the project sprouted from the desire to offer teens a resource that would encourage them to read the Bible. “I think that if teens knew that their own stories were in the Bible – as played out in the lives of characters like Daniel, Rebekah, Joseph, David – they would be more apt to read the Bible and let God use His Word to change their lives.”

On a final note, Darling wants “teens to know that God loves them and His way is not just the best way, it’s the only way. I know there are many with tough family situations, doubts about their faith, wondering why they hear about God but don't see faith lived out in the Christians they know. I want to challenge them to dig deep and get to know God on their own. They'll find He'll never let them down.”

You tell us - Who's your favorite BIble character?

bloom! magazine, February 2008
Daniel Darling Online