D. R. Silva is an internationally recognized author, best known for his book, Hyper-Grace: The Dangerous Doctrine of A Happy God. In 2009 he started SaintsNotSinners.org, which has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world, awakening them to their true identity, and teaching them how to walk with Jesus.
Besides building communities and writing books, Silva is also a singer-songwriter in To The Hopeless.
D. R. Silva also dislikes writing his own bios in third person.
I knew I loved to teach at a very young age. When I was 14 I ended up at a huge Christian conference in California that talked about missionary work, and I think that was where I decided I wanted to teach in a church setting. Within a few more years my entire life revolved around Christianity, and building a life around teaching seemed like the only logical conclusion.
However, I eventually started asking questions about the things I was taught growing up and quickly found myself facing the pointy end of the the church’s pitchforks. As I continued prodding people with my questions and receiving more and more hostility as a result, I realized that I probably wouldn’t ever earn one of those much sought after promotions in a traditional church setting.
I decided to start my own blog, where I could ask my questions freely and ponder ideas openly without offending somebody else’s mission statement. It turned out to be a good idea! Instead of reaching a couple hundred of the same people every Sunday, I’ve managed to reach tens of thousands of people around the world. Since then I’ve written 3 books (“We know! You won’t shut up about them!”), and probably over a million words, in an attempt to strengthen people and empower them to walk with their head held high.
More than teaching you what to think, I want to teach you how to think. How to ask honest questions and not live in fear of finding the answers. Or, if needed, how to be content with not knowing the answers at all right now!
In both my music and my writing I strive for one thing above all else: honesty. I spent years being afraid of the questions in my head that I couldn’t get away from. When I asked them I got strange looks and condescending responses about not disrespecting the man-of-God or questioning God. So I buried them and became miserable, walking blindly in a life of contradictions. I hope that I can connect with others through my honesty and give words to people who don’t know how to speak for themselves (or are afraid to), so they can follow suit and learn how. I hope that people will see that being honest isn’t all that scary! And if it loses you friends and gets you strung up on a cross, at least you got to live before you died!