Monthly Archives: February 2014

Instagram Contest

WINNERS POSTED! (at bottom of post) I feel like giving something away! Last week in Chicago my 16-year-old got on my case for Tweeting and posting pics on my Pinterest… but not Instagram. So I finally caved in to her … Continue Reading

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American Idol’s Spiritual Advisor

American Idol is still captivating American audiences, and this season the show has brought a new adviser backstage to act as a “life coach” for the young Idol hopefuls… a Christian counselor who has been helping NASCAR drivers since 1999. … Continue Reading

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Eleven days, ten nights… over a week on the road with Mom and Dad. Poor Ashley! Ashley is my 16-year-old, and for the last six days, she’s been in five cars, one plane, four hotels and three states with Lori … Continue Reading

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The Naked Truth

Tonight I speak to a few hundred middle school kids about sex at an event at a church near Chicago called The Naked Truth. I’m really proud of this church for addressing this subject so candidly with families, a subject … Continue Reading

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Keeping Teens Safe Contest

WINNERS NOW POSTED! SEE BELOW. It’s time for my first contest of 2014. I’ve got some great giveaways for youth workers this week: your choice of any one of my books, OR… a free registration to the Youth Specialties’ Team … Continue Reading

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Scared of e-Readers?

This week someone asked me, “Has the shift towards Kindle and iBooks hurt your book sales as an author?” For me the answer was easy. “Not at all. I think it’s helped it.” Yes, it’s a fact e-readers are growing … Continue Reading

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The Biggest Surprise from the Super Bowl

Boring, depressing, a complete blowout… call it what you want, but Sunday’s Super Bowl game was the most-watched television show in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million people on average. That’s a lot of people watching the competition between the top … Continue Reading

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