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Suburban Dad and an Ex-Con Show How Discipleship Isn’t a Program

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 9, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Dallas and the Spitfire: An Old Car, an Ex-Con, and an Unlikely Friendship by Ted Kluck and Dallas Jahncke

“Dallas’ bold and descriptive passages coupled with Ted’s humor make for a soul-searching read — and possibly a prototype for men’s ministries.” — Jean Breunle, Christian Retailing

Ted is an educated thirty-something father of two who’s been going to church his whole life. 

Dallas is a twenty-one-year-old former cocaine addict with a prison record who recently became a Christian. 

When they agreed to meet regularly for “discipleship,” they knew that chatting once a week in a coffee shop just won’t cut it. Instead, they decided to get to know each other while restoring an old Triumph Spitfire.

Filled with surprises and humor, “Dallas and the Spitfire” tells a gripping story of two lives changed, and along the way gives readers a new model for men’s ministry. 

“The authors have put together a triumph.” Publishers Weekly

“At the risk of embarrassing these nitty-gritty guys, this is ultimately a story about love — learning to love God when life is hard and to love each other as brothers. I could hardly put the book down, and am very happy to recommend it.” — Justin Taylor; blogger, “Between Two Worlds”; managing editor, The ESV Study Bible

About the Authors:
Ted Kluck is an award-winning author and freelance writer. He has written seven books and his work has appeared in such places as ESPN the Magazine and Christianity Today. His first book won a Christianity Today Book of the Year award. He’s also the author of the ebook “Jeremy Lin: Faith, Joy, and Basketball.” Ted lives near Lansing, Michigan, with his wife and two sons.

Dallas Jahncke attempted suicide three times as a teenager and has been in jail twice, but today he is sober, productive, and attending Bible college. He is a member of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Dallas and the Spitfire by Ted Kluck and Dallas Jahncke
Release date: APRIL 2012 
ISBN 978-0-7642-0961-1 ● Trade Paper ● $14.99
Bethany House Publishers

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About A. Nelson

Aaron is a freelance writer who is passionate about covering topics that interest Christian readers. From breaking news and inspirational stories to Bible studies, Aaron is committed to providing concise, well written, and relevant articles that will inspire and encourage Christians to search for a deeper connection in their faith and God.


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