Celebrate Christmas With The Characters

Spend the upcoming advent season with the ordinary people caught up in the story of Jesus

Are you thinking about what you will read this coming advent season? I know I am.

We hate to admit it, but after years, sometimes even decades, of reading the same Luke 2 story of Christmas, we get a little bored—we lose some of the awe we ought to have when discussing the greatest miracle in history. That’s why I wrote The Characters of Christmas, to help us take a fresh look at the Christmas story by getting to know the minor characters that played a part in Jesus’ birth, such as Zechariah and Elizabeth, the Shepherds, and Herod.

Listen to what some folks said about this book:

We get to enjoy Christmas only once a year, so let’s enjoy it to the hilt! Daniel Darling will help you savor your Christmas more richly with The Characters of Christmas. What I love about this book is how Dan helps us get past the Christmas story stereotypes. Instead, he shows us “something wonderfully ordinary” about each person in the story—except for Jesus, the extraordinary Friend of ordinary sinners like us.

Ray Ortlund

This book offers fresh insights on a familiar story that will bring meaning to the season.

Nancy Guthrie

One of the most wonderful qualities of Scripture is how utterly human its characters are. People with complex stories of deep sorrow and unquenchable hope are pursued and found by the God who made them, and restored by the Messiah who redeems them. Dan Darling does a wonderful service here to both the biblical text and the reader by mining the details and illuminating the significance of the key figures found in the story of the Savior’s birth. Read this one every year.

Russ Ramsey

As you slow down, engage your imagination, and enter into the stories of these women and men, you’ll see the most important character—Jesus Christ—with new eyes. And with discussion questions and a Christmas song suggestion at the end of each chapter, it’s perfect for engaging your whole family.

Break free from the familiar, and discover something you never knew about the story you’ve always heard.

You can order the book at your favorite retailer:


  • Listen to a special podcast series on The Characters of Christmas as Daniel brings the book to life!

  • Watch a special Characters of Christmas special on Fox Nation

  • You can also find resources for your church. All of the digital files are available here for free. You’ll find PowerPoint Slides, social media and web graphics, banners, signs, a study guide and many other assets for taking your whole church along in the series.  

  • Moody Publishers is offering significant discounts for churches for The Characters of Christmas. To order these, you can email church@moody.edu or call them at (800) 678-8812.  

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season.