“I had the privilege of working with Darin Sargent for over seven years, and during that extremely exhilarating period of our lives, my family and myself bore first hand witness to principles of The HandBook being lived out, every day in this very unique leader’s life. Darin is a once-in-a-generation person, who I was lucky – rather, blessed – enough to call my mentor, my friend, my boss, my leader, and most importantly whom I still call my pastor. He is the type of person you not only want to be around, but you want to be like. His rare outlook on life truly helped me through some very trying and tragic situations in my own personal life, and I have found myself consistently assimilating the principles of The HandBook over and over. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.” –David McGovern / Church Planter / Glendale, CA.
“Darin Sargent, mentor, friend, and inspiration…a man with passion to lend a hand to the next generation. I appreciate his pure love for people and down to earth approach to living life. His ability to present his story in such a humorous yet passionate way speaks life into every situation that people go through. This book provides yet another opportunity to have faith, hope, love and inspiration planted into the lives of all who read it.” –Nathaniel Rios / Youth Specialist and CEO of The Movement Consulting Group / Columbia, MS
“Life is too short to waste it! And in The HandBook, Darin makes a resounding call to live meaningfully. How? By sharing about 5 key principles of effective living that will transform lives, literally. It’s time to believe in who we are and step out and make a difference. Darin reminds us impossibility is nothing. Having overcome significant challenges that threatened his future, Darin continues to punch impossibility in the face with his life and words. Now he invites you to do the same. You will find The HandBook inspiring, witty and positively challenging.” –Joseph Iregbu, writer, speaker, coach and author of SELAH: A 90-Day Journey of Grace and Hope.
“With thought provoking simplicity, Darin awakens within the reader an exhilarating desire to be great.” –Akil Thompson / Asst. Pastor / Austin, TX.
“Some of our nations greatest athletes, politicians, educators, and ordinary men and women have attempted to inspire others to “Rise Above”. These Individuals have defeated life’s circumstances and misfortunes and have refused to be destroyed. I found this same attitude and determination as I read The HandBook. Ingrained into the fabric and heartbeat of this book is real life, real problems and real people choosing to “Rise Above”. Although societies vacuum to pull down is stronger than ever, The HandBook gives us hope to rise above; a challenge many are not willing to take. As I read from The HandBook, Darin’s life stories and lessons challenged, inspired, and motivated me. He puts these five simple forces: Foundation, Faith, Focus, Finance, and Family, in an easy to understand format that will encourage you to not only look beyond yourself but inside of yourself. The HandBook, although only five chapters, reaches all aspects of our life; our foundation, our Family and all points in between. Darin has challenged us, the readers, to “Rise Above.” After reading The HandBook you will want to seize the day. As Darin says, “Life is to short to waste it!” What an inspiration to “Rise Above” and really start living.” -Pastor D. Greg Boone / New Life Center Church / Brownsville, TX
“It’s been over 20 years since I first met Darin Sargent. At the time I did not consider the cross connections that we would experience during the intervening years – long phone conversations (iron sharpening iron), dinner as they drove through our area while on vacation, meeting him and his family at the memorial service for his grandmother, connecting with his dad through a long-time connection I have from Alaska, and, of course, having known his wife, Duana, for an even longer time! Through everything I have experienced with Darin, I can claim he has a super positive attitude and a passion for helping others and this is blended in just about every conversation and action. To say that he has looked at obstacles many find intimidating and say something positive, like – “We can handle this” would be an understatement. This is summed up at the ending of the book, The HandBook, in his “Sargent’s Family Commandments” and his “…Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Manifesto”. Declarations of attitude, can-do, and will do are the bedrock of his personality. He has much to thank from his family’s support and God who empowered him to be more than just a shadow of who he has become.
The reference to Harry Chapin’s, “Cat in the Cradle”, made me look for a live recording of the song to see what the singer had to say. His wife is credited for creating the main line and theme of the song, and he wrote it in reflection of his connection to his own son. In the words of the singer as a commentary, “Frankly, this song scares me to death.” In the reality of The HandBook, we are all scared of what the future will reflect on how we spend our days now. To think that our children might really grow up to be “…just like me…”
In the voice of Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me” – I say, The HandBook will help you live your life more fully and complete. You will find this book to be very thought provoking, and, if you allow it, the pages will come back in true handbook form to assist you in all areas of life. You will treasure this book so much as to share with as many people possible the “can do” attitude that Darin Sargent has put into the pages you hold.” –Michael Gurley / Pastor & Blogger / Lacey, Wa.
“Twenty-five years ago I gained a lifelong friend. We’ve been college roommates, groomsmen in each others weddings, traveled together and I hate to say this; he’s beaten me in golf. (Okay I said it!)
Darin Sargent is a very special man. Not simply because of his effervescent personality…and he’s got that. It’s not his capable speaking ability…although he possesses that as well. You see, Darin, has an attitude. Not the kind of arrogant, self-serving disposition that wears on people but a “can do, never give up” attitude that has propelled him to excel as a pastor, friend, motivational speaker and family man.
As stated so well in The HandBook: “The choices you make always determine your destiny!” Throughout his life, Darin has CHOSEN to love, share, persevere and trust. A big shout out to Mom and Dad Sargent for instilling and modeling these virtues.
The chapters on Finances and Family are worth the whole book. May the principles described in The HandBook serve as a catalyst to a better “you”! Two Thumbs Up, Darin!” –Tim Gaddy / Pastor / Cabot, Arkansas
“Darin Sargent first crossed my path when he was a junior in High School. He was part of a very unique, creative, motivated group of overachievers. They had a lot of talent and energy. Halfway through the year Darin had set the bar for everyone else in the speech class. With each newly assigned speech they would wait anxiously to see what this “character” would come up with. At the end of a full year of Communications/Speech class we had convinced a good many of the students to participate in District, Regional, and State Speech tournaments. Darin wowed the competition with his Tall Tale of “Searching for Mr. Stub”. Life is so much easier when you have a sense of humor. People want to be apart of that fun and excitement. They want to be around someone who is always positive, fun loving and full of life. That IS Darin Sargent. I’m thrilled to know that he is still “sharing” his gift with others. Thumb up, Darin Sargent.” -Karen Rogerson / Darin’s High School Speech Teacher / Kimberly, ID.
“Darin Sargent has given us a clear, concise, catalyst for change. From foundation to finish these principles are like the supportive and reaching hand of an “expert climbing guide” helping us reach the summits of success.” -Kevin Knudson / Pastor of Life Church / Big Spring, TX.
“The words written here in The HandBook are not just words for young people but words that even adults need to live by but probably missed that class. We are losing the youth of the next generation in this country at an alarming rate and these words, if put in front of them and taught to them intently, will give our youth a fighting chance to be the best that they can be. Today we need role models like Darin who are not afraid to put into words what our culture is trying to drown out. Two Thumbs Up without a doubt!!! And yes, I am one of those buddies that he out drives and out scores on the golf course.” –Jason Mitchem / Pastor and Author