The message found me. It was fun to meet  Darrel almost 28 years ago, get to know him and hear his Major League Baseball stories. We became great friends and in the process I believed  there was a story in this man’s life that I, along with thousands of others, could identify with. When I was writing Welcome to the Big Leagues—Every Man’s Journey to Significance, I learned lessons that enriched my life beyond anything I could have imagined. Near the end of writing Welcome to the Big Leagues, Rob, Kevin, Carl and I were planning our first men’s group with Darrel and me, together, sharing the message.  Explaining the book before it was published, I told the guys, it is a book that tells every reader, “Your Life Matters” because God says it does. Now, after two years of spreading that message to thousands through the book and  speaking engagements, I believe the message “Your Life Matters” is more important, impactful and necessary than I originally imagined.   I keep finding more insights, applications, and Scriptures to validate the message.  New audiences emerge.  Lives change. Every time, and I mean every time,  Darrel and I spread the message, in secular or faith based venues, people respond to this new view of life with enthusiasm. The more they engage with the message, the more the message lives within them. Imagine a world that gets this message.  It would be different.  We have got to get the message to as many people as possible–not just now or in the next year, but for years to come. The message found me.  Now I want the world to find the message, “Your Life Matters.” Dan Hettinger, Author


  • Bruce
    December 18, 2012, 3:39 pm

    I was very blessed to have worked with you as a “middleman”. I can’t wait to get this book, you have been an inspiration to me and my entire family.

    God Bless,
    Bruce C.

  • Page Fagan
    March 23, 2014, 5:41 pm

    I have found such application to my life in this book! … it speaks to who I am, my strengths yes, but particularly my struggle to feel my value. My struggle with expecting too much of myself and falling short. I especially enjoyed, and found so profound, The dialog between Sparky Anderson and Daryl that spoke of Daryl’s importance to the team… the variety of skills that made him an exceptional utility player! We all have our value in God’s plan!!

  • Nolan Stoner
    January 10, 2017, 6:06 pm

    Great book,by a great friend. I have known Darrel for over 30 years,but didn’t know the whole story. Good read ! Nolan Stoner.