I am a native of Wisconsin who spends summers near Madison and avoids the snow by wintering in the Dallas area. 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 and finally as the owner of a website and online daily newsletter covering the recreation vehicle industry.
I left that behind in June 2017 to embark upon a new career as a Christian blogger, public speaker, coach 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 and four granddaughters. The streak was broken in June 2017 when my grandson was born. 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. That struggle continued for another 15 years until I finally had a breakthrough that helped me build faith strong enough to walk away. The battle wasn’t easy and for many years I experienced more failure than success. Before I could trust God enough to give up 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 Chick-Fil-A southwestern salads, Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, In-N-Out Burger Double-Doubles, and Chipotle burrito bowls. I enjoy camping and hiking and hope to take up fishing someday soon.
What I write about
As a writer, I tackle critical issues impacting the church and society today. I have a special affinity for “impact Christians,” those highly-committed believers who have left the organized church to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ. I am also researching “impact churches” that empower members to think beyond traditional Sunday services to serve people in their local communities in a life-changing way.
As a speaker, I address what it takes to develop faith to move mountains, overcome addictions, become a better father and a stronger steward of the talents God bestows on each of us.