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Addiction recovery
Addictions and life controlling issues such as porn and alcoholism are usually driven by emotional pain. Where does that emotional pain come from? Typically, it comes from deeply embedded beliefs we acquire early in life. Identifying and removing those beliefs is a beautiful work that Jesus wants to do with us if we allow Him to do so. Spiritual Self Defense will show you how.


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Affair/adultery
Some time ago, a dear friend confessed to me that he was in the middle of an adulterous affair. After he told me, he braced himself for the torrent of shame that he had received from other Christians. “What do you think of me now?” he asked.

Let me pause here. How would you answer that question? Was his affair a sin? Yes, but he knew that. Was it an assault on his wife and family? Yes, but he also knew that. Did it threaten to destroy his reputation and damage God’s reputation? Again, yes, but, again, he also knew that. He knew all those things, but he couldn’t get free. He felt trapped and didn’t know what to do. (Yes, he knew what he should do, but he didn’t know how to do it.)

So how did I answer? I said, “I think you’re a guy looking for a solution, just like all the rest of us.”

If you carefully study the account of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-11), I think you’ll discover some amazing principles Jesus used to free this woman from her life of sin. I discuss this account in Rediscover God (or The Easy Bible Volume Two), and explore these principles in great detail in Spiritual Self Defense.


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Anger
Is anger your friend or your enemy? In some ways, it’s both. Anger is a God-given response to injustice. But our anger is often out of proportion to the offense. And we often have difficulty laying that anger aside; we hang on to it when it’s time to let go. This can create all kinds of problems for us including bitterness, illness, aggression, rage, and depression. How do you untangle these anger issues? Spiritual Self Defense provides detailed information on this and also on forgiving others. A more condensed treatment of forgiving others is found in What I Believe About You, Rediscover God, and The Easy Bible Volume Two.


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Anxiety
Where do anxiety and panic get their power? Anxiety often comes from deeply embedded beliefs that are acquired during difficult or traumatic experiences, especially early in life. These beliefs have a way of following us through life, staying beneath the surface, unseen, yet exerting powerful influence over us from the basement of our souls.

Spiritual Self Defense explains in detail how these dynamics behind anxiety work and step-by-step what you can do to find relief and peace. The Gift of Transformation tells the story of Kim’s deliverance from nonstop panic.


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Apologetics
Does the Christian faith make sense? Is it reasonable to believe? How do you verify and validate truth? Apologetics is the study of defenses for the Christian faith.

Spiritual Self Defense addresses questions such as these: Is God good? Is God optional? Does choosing Jesus make sense? How do you deal with the things you don’t like about God? How do you verify truth? Can you prove God exists? How do you hear the voice of God? How can you make sense of the Bible? How does choosing Jesus change your life? This book is aimed at the follower of Jesus who wants to better understand Christian beliefs and how Christianity works in real life.

For someone who is exploring the Christian faith or for a new believer, What I Believe About You contains some of the same material, but is a shorter, easier read.

Rediscover God and The Easy Bible Volume One contain an entry discussing the components of saving faith.


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Authors
If you’re a new author or exploring the idea of writing and self publishing your book, then How to Write and Publish Your First Book contains detailed information about planning your book, writing it, and self publishing using Amazon’s Create Space publish on demand platform and Amazon Kindle’s e-book platform.


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Beliefs/removing disabling beliefs
We all carry around disabling beliefs. Most of these beliefs are just below the radar, but just because they’re out of sight doesn’t mean they don’t exert tremendous influence over our lives. Anxiety, anger issues, addictions, relationship issues, midlife crises, and many other challenges are fueled by disabling beliefs. But here’s the good news: Jesus will remove these beliefs—not all at once—but little by little as we are faithful to bring them to Him. Many of my books address this theme.

In Spiritual Self Defense, I explain in detail the process for identifying and removing disabling beliefs. If you want to fully understand this process, then that’s the book you want.

In The Gift of Transformation, I tell the story of how removing disabling beliefs transformed our lives and our marriage.

The Man from Sun Prairie is a fantasy novel that explores how hearing God’s voice can transform our lives and our beliefs.

This theme is also sprinkled throughout Rediscover God, The Easy Bible Volume One, The Easy Bible Volume Two, The Easy Bible Volume Three, The Easy Bible Volume Four and What I Believe About You.


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Bible
I want to make the Bible approachable, readable, understandable, and enjoyable for you. On the other side of the Bible is a God who likes you, cares about you, likes hanging out with you. I want you to experience that God.

This was the driving idea behind The Easy Bible Volume One and The Easy Bible Volume Two (later combined and repackaged as Rediscover God) which contain the story of Jesus from the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as well as a few other well-known passages. The first three chapters of Genesis are included, and then the rest of Genesis along with the book of Job is covered in The Easy Bible Volume Three. This is a great story about healing a dysfunctional family (Genesis) and dealing with suffering (Job). In The Easy Bible Volume Four, we explore the challenging books of Exodus through Deuteronomy together with New Testament passages explaining law and grace. What I Believe About You contains excerpts from the Gospels and from Job (material from Rediscover God and The Easy Bible Volume Three).


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Biography/life story
I love a good story—even more so when the story is true.

The Gift of Transformation is an inspiring story of a restored marriage and healing from a painful past.

Amazing Faith is a collection of vignettes of defining moments from Christian leaders including Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind), Dr. Gary Chapman (Love Languages), George Verwer (Operation Mobilization), John & Betty Stam (martyrs), and many more. Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada.

Weathering Storms (completed in the late 1990s) contains a number of stories from my life including an award winning story of our first miscarriage.

In The Blue-Collar Prophet, we share many of stories from the life of Evangelist Tom Stamman

Although The Man from Sun Prairie is a fantasy novel, it contains dozens of references to my own life—most of the little stories Straight Arrow tells actually happened to me.


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Cancer
The story of Sue’s healing from breast cancer is found in Amazing Faith.


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Courage
Many people imagine that the Christian life is a matter of mastering certain disciplines and trying super hard. Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. Only one thing is truly needed: courage.

And to be honest, that troubles me. I don’t immediately think of myself as courageous. Yet courage is something God grows in us as we learn to trust Him.

In The Gift of Transformation, we discuss that courage—the courage to look honestly in the mirror at what’s really there. In Spiritual Self Defense, we take a more thorough look at exactly how to deploy that courage when bringing Jesus into the painful places in our lives.

The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian, a parable about love, risk, and life-controlling issues for ages 12 and up comes at courage from a different angle, looking at taking a risk to trust and love. The Man from Sun Prairie, a fantasy novel, also looks at different flavors of courage.


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Danger
“‘We have a place for American spies.’ The KGB officer in charge of my interrogation was talking about sending me to Siberia.” In Amazing Faith, read about George Verwer who was caught smuggling Christian literature into the Soviet Union, Tamara White who went into some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago and Denver to rescue “throw aways,” the kids nobody else wanted.


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Deception
Deception is the primary tool of the enemy. Did you know that it’s possible to believe a lie even when you know it isn’t true? It’s not only possible, it’s very, very common. I’ve done it, and I can almost 100% guarantee you have too. Deception is responsible for all kinds of negative emotions including fear, shame, invalidation, hopelessness, isolation, and much more. It also creates a set up for temptation, sin, addiction, and life controlling issues. Deception is muscle behind most marriage problems, midlife crises, and a whole host of dysfunctions.

I used to think, “Hey, I’m not gullible. I wouldn’t believe a lie.” Little did I know…

Many of my books address how to deal with deception.

In Spiritual Self Defense, I explain in detail the process for identifying and removing false beliefs. If you want to fully understand this process, then that’s the book you want.

In The Gift of Transformation, I tell the story of how removing false beliefs transformed our lives and our marriage.

The Man from Sun Prairie is a fantasy novel that explores how hearing God’s voice can transform our lives and our beliefs.

This theme is also sprinkled throughout Rediscover God, The Easy Bible Volume One, The Easy Bible Volume Two, The Easy Bible Volume Three, The Easy Bible Volume Four and What I Believe About You.


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Easy/quick read
The Gift of Transformation, Dove for President, and How We Stole the 2016 Election can each be read in less than an hour. The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian is also a pretty quick read.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a beefier read—something with more substance, Spiritual Self Defense and Rediscover God are each close to 300 pages.


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Evangelism
Once upon a time, I took the stock evangelical approach to evangelism: You are a sinner; Jesus died to pay for your sins; accept Jesus as your Savior, and you will be forgiven and granted access to heaven. As I’ve read and reread the Bible, I’ve come to a place where I approach the gospel message with a little different emphasis. I believe we live in an age where people need to know first and foremost that God is good. Authority figures have disappointed and, in some cases, betrayed this generation. So I start with the goodness of God. Then I move on to the beautiful work of redemption that God desires to do in each life, each relationship, each community, this world. I help people understand who they were created to be.

Yes, there is a sin component. But we need to look at the big picture. Not only have we sinned, but we have also been sinned against. Jesus came to save us from both our sins and the damage that has been done to us by the sins of others. The true gospel is transformational; it changes the trajectory of our lives.

I explain this in detail in Spiritual Self Defense. If you’re looking for a book to share with someone who is exploring the Christian faith, then I recommend What I Believe About You.

The process of coming to faith is usually not something that happens in a few minutes. It usually happens over the course of weeks or months in the context of a relationship. Rediscover God as well as The Easy Bible Volume One, The Easy Bible Volume Two, The Easy Bible Volume Three, The Easy Bible Volume Four are designed to give you a way of sustaining a conversation over a period of weeks or months to give the person you are trying to reach time to fully think through the important decision to follow Christ.

If you want to reach someone by sharing stories of how God has worked in the lives of his people, then I recommend Amazing Faith. It contains 15 great stories of God’s work in 16 very different people.


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Faith
Faith is a small word with big meaning—many different meanings.

True faith connects us with a supernatural, transformative God. Spiritual Self Defense explains the dynamics of how that works. The Gift of Transformation shows how God grew and changed our faith by transforming our lives and our marriage. What I Believe About You introduces people exploring the Christian faith and new believers to the life of faith. In Rediscover God and The Easy Bible Volume One, I discuss the components of faith. Part of the purpose of The Man from Sun Prairie is to normalize faith; it can be a normal part of our every day lives. Amazing Faith, Weathering Storms, and The Blue-Collar Prophet each tell the story of God showing up in the lives of people of faith.


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Family dysfunction
Here’s what we all have in common: We all came from dysfunctional families because in a fallen world that’s the only kind of family that exists. It’s only a difference of degree. It comes as no surprise then that families in the Bible were also dysfunctional, sometimes markedly so. In The Easy Bible Volume Three we read from the Genesis account how God brought healing to four generations of family dysfunction. In Spiritual Self Defense, we discuss practical steps you can take to overcome family dysfunction not only from the past, but also in the present and future.


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Fiction/fantasy
All my life I’ve been around eccentrics—usually beautiful people who were misunderstood, maligned, and marginalized by those around them. Much of my life, I’ve been that eccentric myself. I wrote The Man from Sun Prairie to celebrate that quirky sense of humor I’ve seen in myself and others who might travel off the beaten path. Along the way, I also explore the power of God’s voice in our lives. In fact, in this story, it’s a super power: When Dove Fogico touches people, they hear the voice of God. In the end, that power transforms an entire kingdom. For me, there are many magic moments in this book—the walk through the woods with Dove’s hair swirling around, the dream of the two worlds, the story of Queen Adelaide, the thousand men on horseback descending into the valley, Cedric tossing the 240 lb messenger across the room. But I think my favorite moment is at the bottom of page 178 when Straight Arrow finally figures out what Dove has been trying to say to him ever since they met.

I wrote The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian on Valentines Day, 1986. It was a crazy experience. I sat down at my keyboard, and this whole story flowed right out of me. Years later, when my children discovered it as teens, they begged me to get it into print. It’s a story about a young hunter who meets a talking T-Rex, and he’s not sure if he’s made a new friend, or if he’s being completely scammed. What I love about the book is the sense of wonder it evokes.

Ever ask yourself what it would be like to be president of the United States? I was preoccupied with that question for about six months, so I finally wrote How We Stole the 2016 Election. No, it’s not about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Instead, it’s about how I would reach out to heal the political divide in this nation, and what I would do for the people who get ignored and run over in the political process. You could call this a sequel to Dove for President.


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Forgiving others
The biblical command to forgive those who have hurt us is one of the most difficult and misunderstood instructions in the New Testament. Forgiving others does not make you a doormat. It’s not inviting abusers back into your life. It’s not the same as reconciliation. (Reconciliation has to do with relationship. Relationships are built on trust. Trust must be earned.) Nor do we accomplish forgiving others by gritting our teeth and declaring the other person forgiven even though everything inside is screaming, “No!” It took me over 30 years to discover the secret to forgiving others, and I want to share it with you.

Spiritual Self Defense provides detailed information on forgiving others. A more condensed treatment of forgiving others is found in What I Believe About You, Rediscover God, and The Easy Bible Volume Two.


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Freedom
What does freedom mean to you? For some it’s the power to say no to a life controlling issue, to walk away, and be totally okay. To others, it’s the ability to just relax and enjoy life. To others, it’s the strength to do what needs to be done in a complicated relationship.

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) But here’s the problem. Many people know the truth, yet are not free. Why is that? In Spiritual Self Defense, I explain in detail why “knowing” the truth is different than “knowing” the truth, and how you can make the jump to the kind of knowing that truly sets you free.


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Genesis
I love the book of Genesis. I’ve rendered it in easy-to-understand language, added some notes, observations, and study questions and presented it in a couple of my books. Genesis chapters 1-3 is found in Rediscover God (also The Easy Bible Volume One). The remainder of Genesis is found in The Easy Bible Volume Three.


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Gospels
In my view, no story is more sacred than the account of the life of Jesus as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I combined these accounts, selecting the highlights, and rendered it in easy-to-understand language, added some notes, observations, and study questions and presented it in Rediscover God (which is updated from The Easy Bible Volume One and The Easy Bible Volume Two).


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Humor
My dad was unique. In his retirement years, he operated an ongoing garage sale. To stock his “store” he went out to flea markets and bought WWII German army helmets, military medals, and, of course, Indian arrowheads. Then he returned home, displayed the merchandise, and waited for throngs of buyers to appear.

I’m not sure how he did it, but every so often he managed to sell something, and when he did, he would celebrate by taking us all out to eat at Red Lobster.

Maybe that’s why I laugh out loud every time I reread The Man from Sun Prairie. I see so much of my dad in the Straight Arrow, the owner of the Indian arrowhead shop who gets lost in the Middle Earth like Kingdom of Arken.


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Identity
How does a rock star act? Like a rock star! How does a Navy Seal act? Like a Navy Seal! Many people struggle in life because they don’t understand at a deep, deep level, who they really are. Once you do, it changes everything.

Many Christians truly believe from the Bible that they are sinners (saved by grace, to be sure). So, when they sin, they aren’t surprised. After all, they’re merely doing what sinners do. And that’s what I believed for many years. Then I started rereading the Bible. Wow! Was I surprised by what the Bible really teaches.

Anyway, let me welcome you into an understanding of who you really are with Spiritual Self Defense and What I Believe About You.


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Inspiring stories
I love a good story—even more so when the story is true.

If you’ve ever struggled with a marriage that isn’t working or tried to heal from a painful past, The Gift of Transformation is the inspiring story of what God can do long after our own fixes and solutions fall apart.

Amazing Faith is filled with inspiring stories about overcoming cancer, dealing with disappointment, finding courage in the midst of danger, overcoming racial prejudice, and more. You’ll read about Christian leaders including Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind), Dr. Gary Chapman (Love Languages), George Verwer (Operation Mobilization), John & Betty Stam (martyrs), and many more. Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada.

Weathering Storms (completed in the late 1990s) contains a number of stories from my life including an award winning story of our first miscarriage.

In The Blue-Collar Prophet, you’ll read inspiring stories from the life of Evangelist Tom Stamman

While The Man from Sun Prairie is a fantasy novel, it contains an inspiring message about overcoming the marginalization that often takes place. Likewise, The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian is fantasy fiction, but contains an inspiring story about love, risk, and overcoming life-controlling issues.


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Jesus
In my view, no story is more sacred than the account of the life of Jesus as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I combined these accounts, selecting the highlights, and rendered it in easy-to-understand language, added some notes, observations, and study questions and presented it in Rediscover God (which is updated from The Easy Bible Volume One and The Easy Bible Volume Two).

If you’re looking for ways to develop a more meaningful relationship with Jesus, then you’ll want to check out What I Believe About You or study Spiritual Self Defense.


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Job
Job is the earliest book of the Bible and, in some ways, the most difficult to understand. The book tells the story of a man called Job (rhymes with lobe), who suffered terribly even though he was a good man. In telling this story, the book raises the question all of us have asked, “Why do good people suffer?”

To make this book and its beautiful message easier to understand, I’ve summarized it (bypassing some of the poetic language) and rendered it in easy-to-understand English. I’ve also added notes and observations about how to understand the book’s message. You’ll find all of this in The Easy Bible Volume Three (or a slightly shortened version in What I Believe About You).


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Law and grace
You’ll never truly understand how the different pieces of the Bible fit together without a working knowledge of law and grace. Some Christians think that the Old Testament law should be ignored altogether because “we’re not under law, we’re under grace.” But that’s not quite true. The law tells us things about God and about ourselves that we wouldn’t learn any other way. At the same time, there’s a movement among some people to try to bring Christians back under the Old Testament law. Without understanding law and grace, you could easily be misled. You’ll read all about this in The Easy Bible Volume Four.


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Loss
Navigating through grief and loss in a healthy way—or an unhealthy way—is in many ways a function of our core, inner beliefs. All of us carry around disabling inner beliefs that magnify or otherwise warp our ability to grieve in a healthy way. Spiritual Self Defense contains a blueprint for shedding these disabling inner beliefs. In addition, Amazing Faith and Weathering Storms each contain inspiring stories of Christians dealing with loss.


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Love
Years ago when I was disillusioned about the Christian faith and about ready to throw in the towel, I happened to have an encounter with Roy Hession, author of the Calvary Road. He came to speak at my father-in-law’s church. I’ll never forget the title of the sermon: The disciple who loved Jesus, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was comparing Peter and John from the account in John 21. I talk about this encounter in my book, Weathering Storms.

You and I might love Jesus, and I hope we do. But that love we have for God will never hold a candle compared to God’s love for us. The challenge is to experience that love. Have you allowed yourself to be loved by God? Learn how in Spiritual Self Defense.

On the lighter side, when Straight Arrow ends up in the Kingdom of Arken, he discovers that he’s already married to the love of his life, Dove Fogico. How did that happen? What does it mean? You can untangle that one in The Man from Sun Prairie. Or if you’d like to read a parable about love, risk, and life controlling issues, try The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian.


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Marginalized
When one of my daughters was a teen, she invited several of her “friends” from school over for a birthday party. While we did our best to welcome and honor her guests, they were detached—looking at their phones, talking among themselves. After a while, in the middle of the party, they all decided as a group they had something better to do. So they got up and left.

As a dad, I hurt for my daughter. I was praying about what happened when the Lord brought this passage to mind: “He was despised and rejected of men…” (Isaiah 53)

Wow! It hit me like never before; Jesus is no stranger to rejection. Most of us have been marginalized, left out, devalued. Most of us understand what that feels like. For some of us, it has been the story of our lives.

I think this is why the theme of being marginalized figured in so strongly in my novel, The Man from Sun Prairie. I wanted to explore the real value that marginalized people have in God’s heart.

In my own life, I’ve felt this hurt deeply. But God has brought a deep level of healing to me through the principles that I explain in detail in Spiritual Self Defense. If you’re feeling the sting of rejection, I believe God wants to show you deep inside that you belong, that you are valued, that you matter to Him.

In addition, I’ve tried to draw attention to marginalized groups here in the US in my books, Dove for President and How We Stole the 2016 Election.


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Marriage
My wife and I have been married for nearly 40 years. I wish I could say it’s always been wonderful, but it has not. There was a time when it felt like we were a million miles apart. Her past and mine conspired to rob us of the joy that should have been ours in marriage. We tried everything: prayer, counseling, forgiving, personal prophecy, whatever. It all helped a little, but not nearly enough.

Then on September 13, 2001, our lives changed. It started with a little half hour prayer—but a different kind of prayer than we had ever experienced before. Out of that prayer and the events that followed, God repaired our marriage in a way I would have never predicted. You can read the story in The Gift of Transformation. And you can understand the how and why that transformation took place as you read Spiritual Self Defense.


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Martyrdom
Did you know that since Jesus died on the cross, over 200 million Christians have given their lives for their faith in Christ? You may have heard of Nate Saint and Jim Elliot who were speared to death on January 8, 1956 in “Palm Beach,” Ecuador. Amazing Faith contains the story of another martyrdom, that of John and Betty Stamm who died on December 8, 1934 just outside of Miaosheo, China. One of the striking things about all of these examples is that these Christians died while showing kindness to those who were murdering them.


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Middle school
Middle school teacher, Creed Hansen describes The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian as “…funny, thoughtful, and really unique, and I think it could have a place in our middle schools in Sun Prairie. Most particularly, I think it would appeal to our gifted population (now called Advanced Learners), as it has an intellectual appeal. I believe gifted 6th and 7th graders specifically would enjoy. … I can still see its potential appeal to 5th graders and upper middle school students, too.”


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Midlife crisis
Sometimes I’ve felt like my life is like a plane with too much weight, lumbering down the runway, trying to take off before it crashes into the fence at the end. So many dreams, so little time. So many disappointments.

I think the journey through mid-life is unique for each of us, filled with a kaleidoscope of emotions—some deeply satisfying, some deeply troubling. I invite you to join my Facebook group where we share our thoughts and stories about how we’re navigating through this season of our lives.

The thing that has helped me most in this challenging time in my life is my encounters with God as described in The Gift of Transformation and explained in Spiritual Self Defense.

What’s helping you?


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Miracles
Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are grand like the parting of the Red Sea and the feeding of the 5,000. But others are quiet, personal, yet life changing. In The Gift of Transformation, I share the story of “quiet miracles” that restored our marriage, lifted anger and anxiety, set us free. The Blue-Collar Prophet tells the story of God showing up for Evangelist Tom Stamman in all kinds of amazing ways. Amazing Faith contains the story Sue’s healing from cancer. The Easy Bible Volume Four contains the account of the parting of the Red Sea and other miracles performed by Moses. Rediscover God, What I Believe About You, The Easy Bible Volume One, The Easy Bible Volume Two contain the story of miracles performed by Jesus including the biggest miracle of all—His resurrection from the dead.


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Missions
I think one of the reasons that missionaries are often misunderstood, mischaracterized, and maligned is they so closely capture the heart of God. Like Jesus, they go where they may not be wanted and love people who don’t necessarily love them back. Amazing Faith contains the stories of Forrest Zander reaching out to the people of Colombia, Ron Hutchcraft ministering to Native Americans, and Tamara White living and working in the inner city to rescue teen “throwaways.” I was inspired by these stories, and I think you will be too.

PS. I also helped Forrest Zander write his book, His Faithfulness Reaches to the Skies. You can find it here.


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New believer
There’s so much to take in as a new believer in Christ. If I could recommend one book to you, I suggest What I Believe About You. In it, you’ll find helpful information about who you are according to God, what Jesus did for you, learning for forgive others, coping with suffering, life lessons, reasons to choose Jesus, what to do when Christian leaders disappoint and much more.

If you’re looking for a way to get into the Bible and begin understanding it, I recommend Rediscover God. (It contains the same material as The Easy Bible Volume One and The Easy Bible Volume Two combined.) You can then continue on with The Easy Bible Volume Three and The Easy Bible Volume Four.


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Painful past
Many people want to forget the past. But there’s just one problem with that—the past doesn’t forget us. The painful events of the past have a way of following us no matter how badly we want to escape them, ignore them, deny them. Why is that?

The answer is belief. Painful experiences, particularly when they occur in childhood, leave us with takeaways that are unhealthy and sometimes disabling. Examples: I’m not safe. I’m all alone. I’m not okay. It’s all my fault. And so on.

Recognizing those disabling beliefs is an important step in getting free from a painful past, but it’s NOT the only step. Something must happen deep inside to replace those lies with God’s truth. For many years I didn’t understand how that worked. But soon after the 9/11 attacks, God led me through an extraordinary set of circumstances that completely transformed my life and set me free from my own painful past. The story is told in The Gift of Transformation, and to gain a complete understanding of how this process works you’ll want to read Spiritual Self Defense.


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Panic attacks
Where do panic and anxiety get their power? Panic attacks often come from deeply embedded beliefs that are acquired during difficult or traumatic experiences, especially early in life. These beliefs have a way of following us through life, staying beneath the surface, unseen, yet exerting powerful influence over us from the basement of our souls.

Spiritual Self Defense explains in detail how these dynamics behind anxiety work and step-by-step what you can do to find relief and peace. The Gift of Transformation tells the story of Kim’s deliverance from nonstop panic.


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Politics
We live in tumultuous times. Here in the USA, we live in a deeply divided nation. Even Christians are polarized over candidates and issues.

This troubles me. It isn’t healthy. It doesn’t take us anyplace good. That’s why I wrote Dove for President and How We Stole the 2016 Election. I believe if we listen instead of shout, we can together build a stronger nation.


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Porn recovery
What gives porn its power? Is it an inherent male defect—a consequence of too much testosterone? Most experts on porn and other sex addictions agree that it really isn’t about sex. It’s about something else.

Likewise, Christians typically approach this challenge by shaming the person caught up in the cycle of porn addiction. Many seem to think that spiritual disciplines and accountability groups alone are the best answer to this addiction.

Let me suggest that there is a better way. Porn, like other addictions, is not driven by the drug of choice, but rather it is based in pain. Porn is a solution to pain. Remove the pain, and you no longer need the solution.

While I touch on this in The Gift of Transformation, I cover the dynamics of porn and other addiction recovery in detail in Spiritual Self Defense.


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Poverty
Poverty is symptomatic of a society that isn’t healthy. Somewhere along the line, something went wrong. People on different ends of the political spectrum will point the finger of blame in different places, but the Bible makes it clear that empowering the poor is a major mission of God’s people.

I often come back to this passage: “Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” James 2:5 NIV

From a political point of view, I discuss poverty in both Dove for President and How We Stole the 2016 Election. From a personal point of view, I share some of my own experiences with poverty in Weathering Storms. Amazing Faith contains examples of miraculous provision when God’s people had nothing. Rediscover God and The Easy Bible Volume Two contain biblical teaching on poverty.


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Prayer
How do you connect with God in a life changing way? How does prayer move from being a rote exercise to an authentic encounter with God?

Prayer has been an important theme in many of my books. Rediscover God, The Easy Bible Volume One and The Easy Bible Volume Two contain important instruction on prayer. In my novel, The Man from Sun Prairie, I want readers to understand that prayer can be and is a normal everyday part of life. Amazing Faith, Weathering Storms, and The Blue-Collar Prophet contain accounts of prayers asked and answered. And in Spiritual Self Defense, I show how prayer at strategic moments can be literally life changing.


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Price
(prices subject to change)

Price Book Format Notes
$0.99 How to Write and Publish Your First Book Kindle e-book
$0.99 Dove for President Kindle e-book
$0.99 How We Stole the 2016 Election Kindle e-book
$2.99 What I Believe About You Kindle e-book
$2.99 The Easy Bible Kindle e-book Volume One
$2.99 The Easy Bible Kindle e-book Volume Two
$2.99 The Easy Bible Kindle e-book Volume Three
$3.49 The Man from Sun Prairie Kindle e-book
$3.99 Rediscover God Kindle e-book
$3.99 The Gift of Transformation Kindle e-book
$8.97 Dove for President paperback
$9.99 How We Stole the 2016 Election paperback
$10.00 What I Believe About You paperback
$10.00 The Tyrannosaurus Who Wanted to Be a Vegetarian paperback
$10.00 How to Write and Publish Your First Book paperback
$10.00 The Easy Bible paperback Volume One
$10.00 The Easy Bible paperback Volume Two
$10.00 The Easy Bible paperback Volume Three
$10.00 The Easy Bible paperback Volume Four
$10.00 Amazing Faith paperback via PayPal
$10.00 Weathering Storms paperback via PayPal
$10.00 The Blue-Collar Prophet paperback
$11.97 The Gift of Transformation paperback
$12.00 Amazing Faith paperback via check
$12.00 Weathering Storms paperback via check
$13.95 The Man from Sun Prairie paperback
$14.95 Rediscover God paperback
$30.42 Spiritual Self Defense paperback Black & white interior
$51.44 Spiritual Self Defense paperback Color interior
$51.44 Spiritual Self Defense Kindle e-book Color interior

Some of the Kindle e-books are available at a cheaper price (or free) if you buy the paperback on Amazon.


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Prophecy
Throughout history, God has spoken to His people through His prophets. They’ve brought messages of comfort, hope, warning, correction, and direction to those willing to listen. For the past two or three decades, God has used Evangelist Tom Stamman to speak a prophetic word to tens of thousands of people. The Blue-Collar Prophet shares some of those stories, explores the ministry of the Old Testament prophet Elisha, and shares the secrets that have given Tom the ability to speak a “right on word” to over 50,000 people.


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Publishing
It’s both easier and harder than ever before to become a published author. In some ways it’s harder. Traditional publishing houses no longer accept or read unsolicited manuscripts. The process of breaking through is harder than ever. Yet, in some ways it’s incredibly easy. Publish on demand platforms make it possible for anyone to be an author. But this path can be a minefield. Make a wrong turn, and you lose your rights to the book you’ve labored on for months. You can even lose rights to all future books you write! In addition, uninformed new authors are often spending thousands of dollars for services they don’t need and ending up with books they can’t sell.

How to Write and Publish Your First Book navigates you through this minefield and helps you write and self publish your book in a way that’s going to work for you without spending hard earned money on services you don’t need.


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Racial reconciliation
Racial reconciliation has been much more on my radar since I started to attend an African American led, multi-cultural church. Christians can and should take the lead here, but often do not—not, I think, because we don’t want to, but because we don’t understand the dynamics involved. While I haven’t written extensively on this subject, I do touch on it briefly in How We Stole the 2016 Election, and Amazing Faith contains the inspiring story of Mary McLeod Bethune, an early pioneer in racial equality.


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Rape/sexual assault
If you are the survivor of sexual abuse or sexual assault, here are five things that you should know.

#1 You are not alone
Many, many people have gone through this same journey. They’re all around you. One in three women, one in six men are survivors. At least. I’ve had professional counselors tell me they think the actual numbers are much higher—50% or more. You are not alone.

#2 It’s not your fault
No matter what you’ve been led to believe—it’s not your fault. You did not sin. The person who did this to you is the person who did wrong. You did nothing to cause it. You are not at fault—even if part of you “enjoyed” it or part of you “wanted” it. You are not the one in the wrong.

#3 It’s okay to be angry
Yes, it’s okay to be angry. Guess what? God is angry. He doesn’t want his precious daughters and sons molested or abused. Abuse is not God’s plan for you, and He is angry that it happened. You have a right to be angry. An injustice has been committed against you. Having said that, there will come a day when the anger no longer serves you. When that day comes, Jesus is ready to take that anger from you if you’re willing to give it to Him.

#4 Jesus hurts with you
Jesus feels your pain. He weeps when you weep. He hurts with you.

#5 There is a way out
Through your experience of abuse, the enemy intended to implant all kinds of painful lies to cause shame, fear, panic, rage, temptation, twisted thinking, messed up relationships, and damaged lives. But Jesus is about fixing things that are broken. There are good people out there who can help you connect with Jesus in a way that will heal and set you free from a painful past.

Sexual abuse brought a lot of pain into our marriage, but Jesus replaced that pain with peace. The story is found in The Gift of Transformation and the process of that healing is explained in Spiritual Self Defense.

My novel, The Man from Sun Prairie, contains reference to rape (nothing explicit) and rape recovery.


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Repentance
One of the most powerful, yet most misunderstood dynamics of the Christian life is repentance. Most people understand repentance as a change in behavior; yesterday I yelled at my wife, today I stopped, see—I repented.

No. Repentance is a much deeper work that only God can do in our lives. It often results in a change in behavior, but it is far, far more than behavioral modification.

Let me tell you a story. For many years, when my wife got sick, I got angry. I treated her poorly. Here she was sick, in bed, trying to get better, and I was demanding to know when she would be better, accusing her of trying to push her responsibilities off on me, yada yada. I was being a real jerk. And, like most of us, I was mostly blind to what a huge jerk I was being.

At some point, I started processing why I was feeling upset when she was sick. I discovered—no big surprise—that it stemmed from something that happened in my childhood. When my mom got sick, I felt terribly unsafe. When Mom was sick, there was no one to protect me from my dad. As a result, this message got drilled into my heart: When the woman in your life is sick, you are not safe.

I didn’t even realize I was walking around with this message in my heart. But God did. I don’t remember the exact way God replaced that message with truth, but He did. As a result, I was no longer controlled by that belief. When that happened—this is important—I repented. The repentance was that change in perspective that brought me to this gut-level belief: I am perfectly safe even though the woman in my life might be sick.

The fruit of repentance came the next time my wife got sick. Instead of browbeating her, I was compassionate and helpful without being filled with resentment.

Contrast this to the typical message on repentance: “Dwight, you are being a jerk. Stop yelling at your wife for being sick. Treat her with respect.” Maybe I could have mustered the self effort to do all those things, but I would still be seething with resentment inside. That is not repentance. That is behavior modification. God offers us something far better than behavior modification. He offers us a whole new perspective. He offers us repentance.

The above story is adapted from a selection from Spiritual Self Defense. In it, I explain repentance in detail.


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Spiritual bullies
Were you ever bullied in school? I sure was. Just as many (most?) of us were bullied at some time or another when we were growing up, so also life brings its share of spiritual bullies:

anxiety
anger
addiction
temptation
regret
guilt
shame
isolation
invalidation
and the list goes on

All of us face spiritual bullies. And we all need tactics to defend ourselves from those bullies. That’s why I wrote Spiritual Self Defense.

I had been a Christian for thirty years and had listened to thousands of sermons before I learned these tactics. No, this isn’t spiritual warfare. It isn’t deliverance. It’s not some jacked up set of spiritual disciplines. It’s very different. It changed my life, and I believe it can change yours.


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Start here
Overwhelmed? Too many choices? Let me recommend you start with The Gift of Transformation. It’s a quick read, a powerful story, and gives you a flavor for many of my other books.


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Suffering
In John 11:35 we encounter the shortest verse in the English Bible: “Jesus wept.”

Two small words packed with big meaning. We will never understand human suffering until we take into account the suffering of God.

As I write this my daughter is recovering from having her four wisdom teeth pulled. Ouch! I hurt for her. I hate to see her suffer.

So if I, a very imperfect father, hurt for my daughter that I love, how much more does God hurt when His children suffer!

In What I Believe About You and The Easy Bible Volume Three, I take a close look at the story of Job—a good man who suffered, in order to find secrets that will sustain us in our times of trials. And in Spiritual Self Defense, you can explore tactics that will help you when suffering comes into your life.


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Testimony
I became a follower of Jesus in 1968 in the small town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. At our church, every Sunday night, we had a special service we called “testimony time.” Since God was alive and active in our lives, we expected to have stories to share with one another about what God had done in our lives. This was one of my favorite experiences as a young Christian—listening to the story of God showing up—answering prayers, healing, providing, helping, intervening.

One of my favorite “testimonies” that I heard during that time was from a missionary who was visiting our church. She grew up on a farm and was accustomed to having a few fruit trees in her yard at home. God called her to be a missionary, so she went through the training needed, and eventually was shipped to her first assignment. In those days, there was no Internet, no Skype. International phone calls were way too expensive for most people. Snail mail took weeks, and a missionary was typically expected to remain in the field for years before coming home to visit. Facing these realities, she was feeling incredibly homesick as she traveled to her post. Arriving after dark, she prayed and asked God if He would be so kind as to let her have one fruit tree in her yard at her post to remind her of home. The next morning she woke up, looked out the window, and there before her eyes were a hundred fruit trees.

“Testimony” isn’t a term that’s used as commonly today in Christian circles. But I still love to hear, read, and share God stories. While most of my books contain God stories, Amazing Faith, Weathering Storms, and The Blue-Collar Prophet are devoted to sharing the stories of God showing up in the lives of His people. And The Gift of Transformation is the story of how God restored our marriage and brought healing and transformation into our lives.


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Transformation
Transformation is a powerful word which has come to mean many things.

When I use the word “transformation,” I mean an experience where everything changes. The colors are brighter. You feel a thousand pounds lighter. You have power you didn’t have before. People who used to bug you can’t get at you any more. You have hope where you once had despair. In a place where there was once great pain, there is now peace.

I have experienced this type of transformation, not once, but many times in my life. I tell the story in The Gift of Transformation, and explain the dynamics behind the process of transformation in Spiritual Self Defense.


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Transformational prayer
Transformational prayer has been known under many names—inner healing prayer, emotional healing prayer, TPM. Dr. Ed Smith coined the term “Theophostic®” prayer.

What is transformational prayer? It is simply this: taking our hurts to Jesus, and receiving something from Him in that place of pain. These authentic encounters with Jesus can be and usually are life changing. Everything changes. Colors are brighter. You feel a thousand pounds lighter. You have power you didn’t have before. People who used to bug you can’t get at you any more. You have hope where you once had despair. In a place where there was once great pain, there is now peace.

While this transformational prayer is a theme in many of my books, I share my experience with it in The Gift of Transformation and explain how it works in Spiritual Self Defense. If you want to experience what only Jesus can do, then this might be for you.


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Try hard Christianity
Don’t have love? Fake it ’til you make it. Don’t have joy? Put on a happy face. Don’t have peace? Don’t worry about how you feel; just work harder.

Try hard Christianity leaves us with a poor forgery of the life God intended for us.

I’ve been doing battle with try hard Christianity ever since I sent out my first devotional to my email list way back in 2003. It’s a major theme throughout my writings. But I give it the most complete treatment in Spiritual Self Defense. In that book, I explain what it is, why it doesn’t work, and what God has for you instead.


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Voice of God
When God walks in the room, everything changes. With God’s voice, He formed the heavens and the earth. God spoke to Jeremiah and said, “Is not My word like fire, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces.”

It’s no surprise then to me that when God speaks to us, things change. We are transformed. I explain how to hear the voice of God in Spiritual Self Defense. But in my novel, The Man from Sun Prairie, I explore hearing God’s voice in a little different way. Dove Fogico (unscramble the letters of her name) has an interesting super power—anyone she touches hears the voice of God.

All of my books are written from a desire to add value to your life. I would love to hear from you to know more about your story and how my writings are adding value to your experience.

Enjoy!

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