Dallas and the Spitfire
An Old Car, An Ex-Con, and an Unlikely Friendship
by Ted Kluck and Dallas Jahncke
It's not every day that you read a really good Christian book about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. This is a relentlessly honest book with a redemptive edge.
—Kevin DeYoung, author, Just Do Something and coauthor, Why I'm Not Emergent
"The thought that discipleship is more than a bi-weekly cup of coffee momentarily freaks me out." Read more about the new book and its authors.
By Ted Kluck and Dallas Jahncke
Read the Introduction and Chapter One from the new book Dallas and the Spitfire, by Ted Kluck and Dallas Jahncke. (PDF)
Dallas and the Spitfire co-author Ted Kluck talks about the book, the friendship, and the challenges of Christian discipleship.
Patheos' Patton Dodd interviews Kluck about Dallas and the Spitfire and models of Christian discipleship.
Why aren't stories like these told on television? Rather than having a "Teen Jesus" on Glee to give some faux balance and provide the cue for loaded arguments against traditional Christian viewpoints, why not show a thoroughly traditional (and openly imperfect) Christian like Ted Kluck helping a person put his life back together?
I can think of many relationships as a mentor with fond memories. The same relationships also brought about chaos, emotional strife, and disappointment.
I’m not one for statements of faith or counting victories for Jesus in baptisms, per se, but I do identify with the transforming value of a life centered on discipleship.
Every relationship is intended to further the divine calling to wholeness and beauty in ourselves and another.
At its best, this book echoes themes from Bonhoeffer's classic text The Cost of Discipleship, such as that advancing in the spiritual life often requires significant discipline, focus, and commitment.
If anyone needs a refresher that the Gospel of Jesus Christ really works, really changes lives and they wouldn’t mind more than one laugh along the way...take and read this book.