Over four decades ago I was a competitive surfer in the junior age division in Southern California, a “party-animal” in high school, and knew almost nothing about Christianity. I was in the Windansea Surf Club and the Greg Noll surf team (a famous big-wave surfer).
One day two of the guys on the surf team told me they had become Christians and that they attended a “home church” next to the beach where I surfed. I was not interested and they probably went away thinking I was a lost cause. But over the next two weeks something changed within me, and I decided to go on a warm summer night. That night I became a Christian…and a new, entirely changed person. That was in August 1970, the summer between high school and starting college.
At age 30, while working in building construction, I injured my lower back and was off work for 3 months. I had been making notes of building construction problems and mistakes for several years, and realized this information might make a valuable book. I began writing, and discovered I liked it. But I barely passed English composition in college, and my first drafts were very poor. But I kept practicing and practicing, and 13 years later I got my first of four building construction books accepted by McGraw-Hill. My fourth book was translated into Chinese by the Architectural Society Press of China.
I never thought I would write Christian books, as this seemed to me to be “real” writing…creative writing a level above technical writing…and thus beyond my literary reach. In 2005, I began to get some inspirations for Christian books, starting with the concept of the second half of the cross…that as Abraham walked toward Canaan God displaced whatever horizontally conventional plans Abraham previously had with His higher plan to become the “father of faith.”
My sixth Christian book is entitled: “God Didn’t Create Robots: Commonsense Christian Apologetics.”
In 2016 I published four new books on building Construction.
I am an avid reader, and enjoy walking. I live in sunny Southern California a block from the Pacific Ocean.
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