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Colorado Springs, CO—Last week, Newsweek named their Top 10 New Faces of the Christian Right. The feature written by David A. Graham asks, “Who speaks for the religious right? That used to be an easy question to answer: on matters of faith and politics, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson were towering figures: opinionated, controversial, and vastly influential.” However, since Falwell’s death and Dobson’s departure from Focus on the Family, it has been harder to pinpoint the leaders for the second generation of the movement, Graham explains.
Among the top new leaders of the evangelical right is Jim Daly, Focus on the Family president and David C Cook author. Newsweek describes Daly as “a surprisingly different leader from his firebrand predecessor. Not that he’s softened the organization’s advocacy on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage—he hasn’t. It’s the emphasis that’s changed. ‘Focus on the Family has become less and less intentionally political,’ says Michael Cromartie, vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. ‘Jim Daly wants the focus to be the family, not politics.’ (The recalibration hasn’t sat well with some hardliners, who see it as capitulation to liberal secularism.) But observers say that with Focus on the Family’s bedrock conservative beliefs and massive reach, it will remain a crucial force in politics for the foreseeable future.”
Daly joined the Focus on the Family staff over 20 years ago, initially in the ministry’s public affairs division. Since that time, he has worked extensively in the formation and development of the international outreach of the ministry, serving as field director of Asia, Africa, and Australia. Serving in additional roles within marketing and public affairs, Daly continually accepted greater roles of responsibility until his most recent appointment in February 2005 as president and CEO of this internationally recognized family-centered ministry. He is the author of Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family, a deeply personal memoir, as well as Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength released this fall.
Stronger explores the choices that lie at the crossroad of tragedy and presents a vision of strength that the Church and families can cling to during hard times. Using life principles and personal stories, Daly reveals the most formidable and powerful strength—the kind that endures and hopes even when all seems hopeless. Daly states a profound truth he has observed in the lives of fellow believers: Christ alone is the one true foundation upon which we must stand and to whom we must cling when the going gets tough. Christ offers this strength to us all—not because we deserve it, but because He loves us. Unless we choose to live in Christ’s unbreakable strength, we will live lives broken by bitterness.
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