I was born the son of a blue-collar worker and raised as a devout Catholic. Like many people, I have some great childhood memories along with some very painful ones. I felt a call on my life for ministry in grade school, and came very close to entering seminary to become a priest after eighth grade. During the turbulent 1960s, my beliefs began to change as the world around me started to make less and less sense. I asked questions about the church, which no one could answer. And even though I was very patriotic in my youth, the Vietnam War seemed all wrong.

As I approached college, I entered a season in my life of detachment from everything I knew and loved. I got angry with God and became an atheist. I was angry at my country, and then one by one I began to lose family members. First my grandfather died. Then my mother died of cancer when I was 19. I then had a split with my dad and older brother, and finally my godfather passed away. Other than my sister, the world I knew was pretty much gone. But during this time, before the split with my brother, we started a business. By the time I was 23, I was a millionaire who owned a company with 80 employees. I had achieved great success at a very young age, but I was not happy. I felt empty. But God, through His great grace, drew me back to Him when I met my future wife. Years later I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life after a hair-raising experience in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

I struggled to make a whole-hearted commitment to the Lord because of my wealth and wild lifestyle. I finally dedicated my life completely to the Lord, but then something very strange happened to me…my life didn’t get better, it got worse! I went through a long period of fiery trials and suffered great loss in my health, finances, and relationships. During this time, the conventional Christianity I had practiced came to an end. Then the Lord shared with me The Lost Secret… something that’s been missing from Christianity for 1,600 years. I thought the book would be written in seven months, but instead it took seven years! All along the way, though, the Lord continued to teach me and transform me and share more and more of His love and power. Now that the book is done, I look back and see how far the Lord has brought me through His lavish grace and severe mercy. And I continue to be changed by His message in this book. My passion is now to share the freedom, love, and power of The Lost Secret with those who are searching for more of God around the world. I currently reside in Northeast Ohio with my wife of 32 years, Lu Ann. We have been blessed with four children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.






Pictured to left is the Author with his family.

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