David A. Holland

DSC_2033 David A. Holland is in way over his head most days. He divides the balance of his limited time between misplaced optimism and dangerous complacency. Inexplicably, his wife of 25+ years considers him handsome and his three daughters think him very kind and smart. And these happy miracles are all the evidence he needs to justify his belief in a benevolent God.

He is the co-author of the book Paul Harvey’s America: The Life, Art and Faith of a Man who Transformed Radio and Inspired a Nation; and of The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for America. He has ghost written dozens of other books–several of which appeared on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list–but can’t tell you which ones or for whom because of confidentiality agreements and such. But believe him when he says you would be impressed if you knew. Possibly.


David first got paid to write words when, right out of college, we found work at a small group of weekly newspapers. Then he pursued an interest in radio, landing a job producing the morning show at KCNN radio in Oklahoma City; and later served as News Director at KJIL in that same sprawling metropolis; then Director of Affiliate Relations for The NewsTalk Radio Network. He reached the zenith of his broadcasting career as one-half of the morning show team for Oklahoma City’s KNTL, “The Light 105,” paired with radio legend Jonathan Wise. The wildly popular show was intuitively titled, “Jonathan and David in the Morning.”

Then he did a bunch of other stuff involving public policy, elections, and the culture wars in Washington, D.C.. He then spent five long but rewarding winters as the Media Pastor at Living Word Christian Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eventually, he moved his family to Dallas and co-founded a media/creative services agency with Jon Simpson. The wildly successful endeavor was intuitively named, Holland-Simpson. me 1

43 Comments David A. Holland

  1. Bob Thornton

    David! How in the world are you? Great to find you online and get re-acquainted with your wonderful writing and political insight!

  2. David Holland

    So great to hear from you! I see they haven’t run you out of Tulsa yet. haha My Mom is still living in my ancestral village in southeastern Oklahoma so I get up there as often as possible. Would love to grab coffee or a meal if you’re ever in Dallas or I’m in Tulsa.

  3. John Young

    David please add me to your email list. I have really been enjoying your book “Praying Grace” Also – I would love to know what you are doing these days. Are you still working at “Holland – Simpson”?

    Are you also pastoring a church? I am Chaplain John Young in Kansas City and I too served as a Media Minister for many years. It sounds like we have had a similar journey in life.

    Blessings – John

    chaplainjohnyoung@yahoo.com. 816-550-5014

  4. David Holland

    Hi John!
    Will do, and thanks! My “day job” is now with a similar agency to Holland-Simpson serving a number of large media ministry clients. I also pastor a house church here in the DFW area and we have a wonderful community of believes we call “The Cup & Table Co.. (The “cup” of communion and the “table” of fellowshiop.)

    I have more books in the pipeline. The next one will be a 101-day devotional containing meditations on the goodness and kindness of God.

    Blessings . . .

  5. Frank Clark

    You are gifted in insightful writing. I do personal evangelism.Based on my experience. I have developed a program to teach others what I
    have learned. I charge nothing.
    Can I have a p.o. box and phone ,
    will be kept confidential. Will send a copy to you. Thank You

  6. John Young

    Hello again David – and thank you very much for your reply. I would very much like to learn more about your House Church Network – The Cup and Table, CO. Can you please provide me with a link to some additional information? Do you have any churches in the Kansas City area?

    I am very interested and will be looking forward to hearing from you.

    Blessing to you – John

  7. David Holland

    Hi John,
    A great place to start would be the various pages on our web site: http://www.cupandtable.co

    Our vision from the beginning has been that others would be inspired by our model and want to emulate it. And if so, we’re eager to help them.

  8. Patricia Miller

    Pray. A medicine changed brain how was. Totally different. How thought handled things personality how brain felt ways been in house hanging on. Shock what has caused horriable moment to moment battling from losing it …….. With God all things possible! Had went through shocking things fighting with + bails teeth) years was use to how brain did and all I done how handled everything. It’s been all gone been fighting moment to moment fighting shock nervous breakdown losing it effecting stinacj intestines coln rushbg chemistry suicide great fear etc. Want life brain mind back like never happened. Husband gave the need. In liquid fien to +a bipolar/ sket. Medicine ……… So much very serious things .. was left no water gas on. Abused. Don’t know whose safe could help been through alot of bad Dr s people. And one that should of been there for helped allowed helped been advocate. From previous things was living … And from selfish motives abused gave this medicine few months ago. Pray for him Sam . This all is very hard to tell about, to express. Only God…. Normally can not text phones been messed up for long time. Thank you. Thank you. It’s a miracle I’m texting and texting you Mr Holland. ….

  9. David Holland

    Patricia it sounds like you’re really struggling. I’m so very sorry. Praying for you now . . . that you will be made whole in both mind and body.

  10. Teresa

    David, I’ve been reading Praying Grace for several weeks. I cannot tell you in words how much this book is blessing me and now I’m getting more copies to pass on. This small book speaks volumes.

  11. Stephanie Huff

    David, I just got Praying Grace and was reading About the Author at the back of the book. Noticed you were in Ft worth area. My Aunt Delma and Uncle Charles Holland were also from that area. Haltom city area. Might we be related? My first cousin Kenny was one of their sons. I believe he was also in ministry before he passed.

  12. David Holland

    Hi Stephanie! All my Hollands started in Bell County, Texas (down wround Temple) and then moved to Oklahoma in early 1900s. But there were lots of Hollands in the clan, and I’m sure many of their descendants ended up on the DFW area. So very possible! The little town of Holland, Texas (near Temple) was founded by by gg-uncle and his father, my ggg-grandfather.

    Hope you enjoy the book!

  13. Gary Schake

    Hi David,

    I just received my copy of Praying Grace yesterday, started reading today. I’m not following the 55 day plan as I’ve already read 1/3 of it and plan to finish this weekend. I’m not speed reading as I like to stop between each part and let it soak in a little.

    We read Joseph Prince’s book Destined to Reign a little over 10 years ago at the same time as our Pastors and ever since have been resting in Jesus finished work, digging deeper into Grace.

    We were so indoctrinated with the religious versions of prayer from our past that we weren’t sure what to do, should we even pray?

    Your book is the perfect answer. Thanks for being led to write this amazing book.

    I’ve already called my pastor and will be buying him a book.

    Your brother and friend,

    Gary Schake

  14. David Holland

    Gary, thank you so much. What a blessing. Glad you’re enjoying it and thanks for spreading the word! Love to your family!

  15. Cheryl D Tecumseh

    Mr. Holland, today I finished reading “Praying Grace”. It was sent to me by TBN. What a pleasure it has been enjoying this powerful Word for the past 55 days. From the very first day, it has ministered to my spirit of God’s awesome gift of Grace. Thank you for allowing this to be sent to me. I intend to share it with my group of friends as well. God bless you and your family!

  16. David Holland

    Thank you so much, Cheryl! Blessings. I so appreciate you sharing it with others.

  17. Patricia Bailey

    I’m reading Praying Grace and how it’s blessing me. I would love to get your next devotional book…101 devotionals. I order Praying Grace from TBN. Hope to get your next book. God bless you!


    Hi Mr Holland. I received your book, Praying Grace from TBN recently and I must say what a Blessing and encouragement it has been. My husband and I are in the ministry and would appreciate your prayers for us. Thank you for the book,confirming so much of what we already know from God’s Word. Continued Blessing to you and your family

  19. David Holland

    Grateful for you kind words. My bride and are delighted to declare God’s highest and best over you and your husband!

  20. Jeffrey Bentley

    I am looking to Possibly start a home bible study or house ministry. What are some issues that would make this a bad decision.

  21. David Holland

    Hi Jeffrey,
    I think the biggest consideration is neighbors. I’ve gone out of my way to make sure that our meetings don’t become a significant annoyance to the people on my street. From a Kingdom standpoint, I want them to be glad they have me as a neighbor and wish for more people like me. so that means communicating with them about my plans, setting their expectations, and expressing appreciation for them.

    Other than that, it’s good to convey to your attenders your policy on inviting others. You may or may not be comfortable with them inviting people they don’t know well.

    All that said, I’ve found a home fellowship community be the richest, most rewarding way to do Kingdom life together.

  22. Brian Miller

    I love your book Praying Grace. A question that I have is: If we have a heart that condemns us, how do we pray to be rid of the condemnation and expect our prayer to be answered or how else could we be rid of heart condemnation.? I guess someone who has confidence could pray for the person. Although that didn’t work for my wife who died last December of cancer after many people of great faith prayed and laid hands on her. Thank you for writing this book . I have bought 4 copies and gave them to family members and friends.

  23. David Holland

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for this. And thank you so much for sharing the book with others!
    I’ll try to answer your question with an upcoming blog post. Stand by.

  24. David Holland

    I also meant to say how saddened I am to hear about your wife. That must have been and continue to be very hard. I so wish we were at a point on the timeline of restoration in which we won those kinds of battles every single time. Often it’s a mystery why we don’t. Blessing and grace be upon you.

  25. Jack Dollins

    Did you and I attend college together in Wilburton 4 decades ago?
    Blessings to your life and your ministry either way.

  26. David Holland

    Hi Jack,
    I am one and the same. The only thing missing is my hair. How are you? Would love to hear about your journey through life thus far.

    Blessings …

  27. Jack Dollins

    David, I’m elated to have contact with you! I’ve thought of you often over the years. Can’t stop smiling right now.

    You have my email on your site now, so please contact me sometime, and I’d love to arrange to see you on one of my trips through the DFW area.
    Been married 40 years, have 3 kids and 2 grandkids, and certainly blessed beyond what a part-time scoundrel like me deserves. The college days with you & others remain among my dearest memories.

    Please contact me, if you’re inclined to.
    Warmest regards, and Blessings!

  28. Jo McKibben

    First, thank you for writing Praying Grace. A wonderful friend sent me a copy and I have sent copies to several others as well. The Prayers of Declaration are like the icing on the cake for each of the meditations.
    I just finished reading #55 and plan on starting over. My understanding of what God’s Grace is has been magnified by your book. Thanks so very much.
    When will your 101 become available?
    How would I go about locating a home church in McKinney, TX?

  29. David Holland

    Hey Jack,
    I’ll contact you. Would be great to catch up! Yes, those days at Eastern were really great and helped set the course for my life in many ways.

  30. David Holland

    Hi Jo,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m thrilled to hear the book has blessed you. And yes, please do start it over. I frequently talk to people who are their fourth or fifth pass through the book. We never stop needing to be reminded of who we are (in Him).

    Will be shooting a 10-part television series based on PG soon. And I’m also working on a sequel, “Praying Christmas Grace” which will come out this fall. I’ll ask around about Grace-centered house churches meeting in your area. I’m sure there are some.

  31. Laura Bower

    I’m now in my second reading of Praying Grace. Transformative, for sure! I also live in the Dallas area and wondered if Cup and Table is open for visitors. Also, is your media/creative expressions company still operating? Would love to explore that as well.

  32. Frances Clark

    Thank you for Praying Grace… have been so blessed ,each day just what I needed to hear.

  33. David Holland

    Hi Laura,
    Yes, Cup & Table Co. is a house church I lead and we’re wide open. We meet at a home in Southlake (address is on the web site) and we have a number of sweet folks who drive over from Dallas each Saturday. We meet Saturday afternoons from 5:00-6:30.

  34. David Holland

    Hi Harold!
    It’s available online at ChristianBook.com or on Amazon (in both paperback and faux leather.) And thank you so much for your desire to share it with others!!!

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