Don't just do the right actions. Build habits—and watch your life be transformed.
Many books try to help you do the right actions. But the real key to life transformation—for yourself and then for others—is building habits that become part of your life. Because habits don't just dictate what you do. They reflect who you are.
In 8 Habits for Growth, Darryl Dash wants to show you the eight long-term practices—all very doable—that will lead to permanent growth if you incorporate them into your life. You'll learn why it's important to:
Personal growth doesn't happen overnight. But it does happen, slowly, as you build God's habits into your life. So what are you waiting for? Start your new habits today and let God transform who you are . . . and who you can become.
Praise for 8 Habits for Growth
"A faithful life is the sum of a million daily decisions over the course of a life. This is why 8 Habits for Growth is so important. Darryl Dash clearly, biblically, and simply shares the secrets to life with Jesus, the rituals and practices that form our hearts and are used by the Spirit to sanctify us into spiritual maturity. Pastoral, wise, and practical, this will be a book every pastor will need to have at the ready to give to their people and a book every family should have in order to form habits for spiritual growth."
Senior VP, NRB, and bestselling author of several books
"As one writer has said, beautiful people do not just happen. Becoming the best version of ourselves—whether it be professionally, relationally, personally, or otherwise—requires a commitment to practices that get us there. To flourish optimally as people of God, we also must habituate several soul-nourishing practices. For those who need a field guide for this pursuit, Darryl has written a fabulous field guide."
Senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
"It's hard to imagine a more 'user friendly' book for Christians who want to cultivate personal habits for spiritual growth! This book is especially ideal for small groups and discussion groups to work through together. Darryl Dash has given a wonderful gift to the church with this edifying, practical, and Christ-honoring book."
Pastor of First Baptist Church, Ojai, and author of Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't
"8 Habits for Growth is like a conversation with a grounded, thoughtful, faithful friend who wants nothing more than to encourage you in your walk with Christ—a spiritual coach who buys you a coffee and a donut and shares with you some things that worked for them (and multitudes of others). The 'clean-slate policy' of just picking yourself up and moving on if you flounder is especially grace-filled and refreshing. In Darryl's own words: 'The habits are good, but the habits aren't the point. The point is that we were made to know and worship God.' This book will help you get there."
Author of The Minister's Wife, coeditor of Faith Today magazine
"This wise and inspiring book is packed with profound insights and practical applications! Highly accessible and immediately actionable, Darryl's powerful book can change the way you move through the world."
Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC, and bestselling author of God in My Everything
"Healthy habits are fundamental to our flourishing as Christians. But habits are hard, and developing new habits—or maintaining existing ones—is daunting. This is an accessible, practical, and actionable book—perfect for small groups, families, and friends seeking sustainable growth in a culture of fads and quick fixes."
Senior editor at The Gospel Coalition and author of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World
"With welcoming clarity, 8 Habits for Growth offers the reader a cup of encouragement and food for discernment in the holy care of body, mind, and spirit for the purpose-filled pilgrimage ahead. Fortunately, there is nothing we can do to earn grace. And fortunately, we have a model in Jesus of God's best for us. In light of these blessings, Darryl Dash provides a thoughtful and thorough guide on how to number our days."
Professor of literature and award-winning author
"You make decisions, but eventually your decisions make you. In his new book 8 Habits for Growth, Darryl Dash does a wonderful job of cutting through the noise that has become life today to isolate eight critical habits that, practiced regularly, will benefit you for years to come. These habits will become investments that will pay off for the rest of your life."
Founding Pastor, Connexus Church
"In this immensely practical and hopeful volume, Darryl Dash reminds us that the Christian life is formed in us through the ordinary habits of our days. We often want spiritual transformation to be quick, but Dash points us to eight small habits—showing us how things like decluttering and caring for our bodies work alongside corporate worship, prayer, and Bible reading—to actually experience transformation. 8 Habits for Growth is the resource individuals, parents, and church leaders need to help themselves and others experience real gospel fruit."
Author, pastor's wife, and host of the Finding Holy podcast