Vibrant faith

If it doesn’t work in the real world, I’m not interested…


Destination: Heaven

Pray a prayer. Check a box. And the Pearly Gates will open, right?

Or will they?

That’s what I thought until I read, reread, and reread the words of Jesus:

Sell everything; give the money to the poor. Come to Me for living water. Visit me in prison. Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more. If you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. Count the cost. You must be born again. Today you will be with Me in paradise. Lose your life for My sake. Overcome.

How do you decode that? Am I going to heaven when I die?

It’s time to lift the veil and untangle the mystery of what it really takes to board the train to heaven.

Check out my latest book: Am I going to heaven when I die?


Internal junk

All of us walk around with a certain amount of internal junk—feelings and inner messages that keep us from experiencing life to the fullest. This is the stuff we seldom share, the inner self we hide when we go out in public. We like to deny that this part of us even exists. But it does, and it holds us back; it dampens how we experience life.

For the last 30 to 40 years I’ve been focused on this question: How do you get rid of this internal junk? More specifically, does our Christian faith offer us any tools that allow us to get rid of this junk?

Here’s what I’ve found: Most of the tools out there don’t work. Most of the Christian tools out there don’t work. Or they work like this: We try them. They don’t make a difference. But we don’t want to tell anybody they didn’t work. So we lie. We lie and say we’re fine.

I don’t like that.

I have a strong distaste for religious pretending disguised as faith. “I’m fine in Jesus’ name.” Yeah. Sure.

Denial is not the same as faith. Faith is first of all honest. Honest with ourselves, honest with God. Read the Psalms.

So anyway, I found something 19 years ago that works for me. I’ve seen it work for others. It really does clear out internal junk. It really does leave you feeling lighter, happier, stronger, more at peace, healthier. It changes how you experience life.

I’ve been trying to cut through the clutter and convey that for much of the last 17 years. I’ve been trying to shout from the rooftops: “Hey, this isn’t another form of religious denial. This is the real thing.”

If you want to learn about it, then I have a pile of resources for you. Here are some, with more information below.


Pray a prayer. Check a box. And the Pearly Gates will open, right? Or will they? It’s time to lift the veil and untangle the mystery of what it really takes to board the train to heaven.
Is God angry? Can we get to heaven by “praying a prayer”? Is hell how God punishes people for sin? Can we become better by trying harder? Are we really sinners? As I searched for answers to these questions over the years, the answers I discovered surprised me. Maybe they will surprise you as well.
Forgiving is hard, isn’t it? No, it isn’t. It’s impossible. Unless you know how.
What it means to follow Jesus
Heartwarming and mind-bending. Rethink life’s most important journey.
There’s an easy way to read the Bible, and there’s a hard way. Most people don’t know the difference and choose the hard way.
Spiritual Self Defense
Textbook, DVD, course. This tells you how to find peace in a broken world.
The Gift of Transformation
Looking for hope? My most popular book. Brief but powerful.
What I believe about you
Why you can celebrate being you. What Jesus did for you. More
The Easy Bible volume one
31 daily readings to (re)discover the wonder of the Bible.
The Easy Bible volume two
Continue the discovery through the rest of the story of Jesus.
The Easy Bible volume three
Why do good people suffer? Does God care about my dreams?
The Easy Bible volume four
Law and grace—an understandable guide through tough passages.
Amazing Faith
Need a faith boost? Read these 15 amazing stories!
Rediscover God
Break open the Bible. Fresh, readable, inspiring. Great for groups.
Understanding Your Christian Faith
New to Christianity? Rethinking your faith? Understanding Your Christian Faith will show you how to experience God in a deep and meaningful way.
A beautiful Christmas
The most beautiful book I’ve ever published. Don’t forget to watch the video here.



Everything (almost)

If you want everything I have (minus the books), then you want the Inner Wealth archive. It gives you access to two courses: How to Forgive, and Spiritual Self Defense, plus literally hundreds of other articles, pages, videos, and resources. You can find it here… You can also check out my blog which you can sign up for here.


How to forgive others who have hurt you

For many years I didn’t understand how forgiving others worked. I tried real hard, but trying hard doesn’t work. There’s another way, and it’s not commonly taught. Once you know it, however, it changes everything. I recommend my “How to forgive” course. I also have a pdf resource here which isn’t quite as complete.


A fresh understanding of the gospel

My first recommendation in this category is my book, What It Means to Follow Jesus. Or you may want to check out my e-book, Understanding Your Christian Faith.

Other resources include:


How to hear the voice of God

You’ll find a video on the sales page for the Inner Wealth archive
Or check out: How to hear the voice of God (pdf)
By the way, I don’t have this book listed here on this page, but my novel, The Man from Sun Prairie, is centered around a character who has an unusual superpower: Everyone she touches hears the voice of God. You might enjoy checking it out.


Healing and restoration

More healing and restoration resources include:


Prayer and miscellaneous

See also Understanding the Bible

Okay, I’ve probably overwhelmed you with choices, and I haven’t even listed everything. It might be easier for you to tell me what kind of information or spiritual help would help you the most. You can connect with me on Facebook here. Or you can use this contact form:


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