Cleveland resident Darren Schalk released his debut nonfiction book, “Dear God, We Need To Talk,” through Florida’s Orlando-based publisher Charisma House on March 4.
Subtitled “Wrestling With God On Questions Of Life and Faith,” the book is an exploration of God and faith through the lens of a young Christian leader. Tackling everything from family issues to God’s sovereignty, Schalk considers what he’s been taught, applies it to everyday events readers can relate to, and filters it all through a modern but biblical world view in a delightfully witty and honest way — leaving readers, in the end, with more confidence in God’s power, His wisdom and His direction for their lives.
“I was raised in a pastor’s home, got a pastoral degree and a master’s in Bible, but realized I still had a lot of questions about God,” Schalk said. “So I wrote a book exploring the many ways God works in daily life.”
Schalk began journaling years ago, and as a common theme became apparent, he realized he had a potential book in the making. A local publicist and friend, LeAnn Hamby, helped Schalk connect with Charisma House, the publisher of popular titles such as “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagee, “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn and “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin. As a result, he will be among the first of the publisher’s new Passio imprint, offering Christ-centered content that ignites faith and a deeper spiritual passion.
“Dear God, We Need To Talk” contains stories from life experiences that led Schalk to his own observations about how God works. “It’s an encouragement to the reader to engage God with questions and to trust Him even when the answers don’t come,” he said.
The book includes endorsements from Ed Stetzer, popular author and president of Lifeway Research, and Christian artists Warren Barfield, Jeremi and Amy Richardson of Avalon and Randall E. Howard, former general overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy.
“Schalk’s doubts, and ultimate faith in God’s grace and goodness, will be an encouragement to you on your spiritual journey,” said Stetzer.
The book is available through all major bookstores, including Books-A-Million, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, LifeWay Christian Store and White Wing Christian Bookstore, which is also offering autographed copies during the month of release.
Schalk is the curriculum editor for the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices and associate editor of One Accord Resources Inc. He is a graduate of Lee University and Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kristi, have three children — Jake, Abby and Alli. Connect with him on darrenschalk.com.