I am a native of Wisconsin who grew very tired of cold weather and resettled to Sun City, Ariz., where bad weather is measured in hours, not inches. Sun City lives up to its name as the sun shines brightly about 310 days a year.
I have a degree in public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
I started my writing career while serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1983 to 1987. I have since worked for several small-town weekly newspapers before venturing into magazine editing. In 2009, I launched a website and online daily newsletter covering the recreation vehicle industry.
I left that behind in June 2019 to embark upon a new career as a public speaker, writer and author of faith-based books.
I am a DODO — Dad of Daughters Only — who grew up with my mom, sister, three step-sisters, four female cousins and 13 girls in the neighborhood. I have three daughters, one granddaughter and two grandsons. Needless to say, I speak fluent female, but struggle in the wife dialect.
I became a Christian in 1995 after struggling with pornography since I was just a few days into my 12th year. After giving my life to Christ, that struggle continued for another 15 years until I finally had a breakthrough that gave me insight to address the problem.
The battle wasn’t easy and, for many years, I experienced more failure than success. Before I could trust God enough to release that security blanket, he had to take me into areas where I had been deeply wounded as a child, teen and young adult.
That’s why I wrote my first book Pornocide: Why Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life. It is a fictional account of a man caught in the sin of pornography, but through a series of divine appointments, he develops addiction-crushing, mountain-moving faith to overcome the problem.
I have a passion for helping men break free from the bondage of pornography and for helping men become better fathers. Fatherless and fathered-less children are a worldwide epidemic.
Contrary to popular opinion, children don’t just “get over” not having an active father in their lives. More often than not, fatherless children grow up with low self-esteem, no confidence, very angry, aimless and hurting from a gaping father wound.
Hurting people, hurt people — and the cycle continues when fatherless children become parents themselves.
When I am not writing or speaking, I enjoy traveling and I have spent a week in every state, except Hawaii, at least once since 2000.
For three years, I lived and worked in a motorhome full-time as I traveled the country interviewing RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, campground owners and RV owners.
I’m a big fan of Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, In-N-Out Burger Double-Doubles, and Chipotle burrito bowls. I recently fell in love with Chick-fil-A spicy southwest chicken salads.
I enjoy camping and hiking and hope to take up fishing someday soon. My favorite vacations are often onboard cruise ships. I love watching movies, especially those based on real-life events and those with inspirational messages.
As someone who appreciates good satire, I really enjoy reading the Babylon Bee — fake news you can trust! — because the publication skewers everyone.
My favorite authors are John Eldredge, Og Mandino, Zig Ziglar and John Maxwell. In fact, I joined the John Maxwell team in 2018 as a speaker and coach.
I also belong to the Author Academy Elite, a devoted group of ignited souls spreading messages of hope and encouragement around the globe. I also completed the Ghostwriter Academy and have helped write stories for other people.