Featured Author: Daniel Silliman

Daniel Silliman is a journalist and historian who is currently the news editor for Christianity Today. Daniel spent several years as a crime reporter outside Atlanta before pursuing higher education in Germany, earning a MA from Tübingen University and a doctoral degree from Heidelberg University. He has taught US history and humanities at Heidelberg, Valparaiso University, and Milligan University.

Daniel's writing generally focuses on Christianity in America, both in the present and in recent history. His new book with Eerdmans, Reading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith, is a reflection on evangelical identity through a close look at five best-selling novels—Love Comes Softly, This Present Darkness, Left Behind, The Shunning, and The Shack. Reading Evangelicals makes the insightful case that the worlds created in these novels reflected and shaped the world evangelicals saw themselves living in. Daniel's book has been widely praised, including by Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Karen Swallow Prior, Anthea Butler, Mark Noll, Grant Wacker, and Darren Dochuk.

Daniel is active online—whether on his blog, Twitter, or YouTube—and is currently at work on a forthcoming religious biography of Richard Nixon for Eerdmans's Library of Religious Biography series. He and his wife, an ordained pastor in the Independent Christian Church, live in Johnson City, Tennessee.