"Dare to be what your best self knows you ought to be. Dare to be a bigger human being than you have ever been. Have great hopes, and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams, and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations, and believe in them. The more you dare to be great, the more you will be great." ~ Norman Vincent Peale I dare you. I dare you to see yourself as God sees you - as mighty men and women of fearless courage, vast potential and spines of unbending steel. I dare you to…
I'm an orphan from Ohio. My father died of a brain tumor when I was 12. Two years later my stepfather murdered my mother. Pushed her off a bridge. When the fall didn't kill her he jumped in the water and drowned her. I then fled to live with my grandparents. My grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's disease and later choked to death at the dinner table. Before being convicted, my stepfather changed the locks on the home my parents built, sold my household possessions at public auction, and cashed the life insurance policy he took out on my mother weeks before her murder. I received none of those profits.
I lost what seemed like everything. My father. My mother. My home. My youth. Decades of severe adversity followed. However, I eventually earned college degrees, which is rare for orphans.
Today, I'm the Christian author of Selected to Suffer. It deals with things we all suffer with in life, such as loneliness, stress, fear, worry, loss, courage and faith. I show how to overcome, or at least how to cope/endure. I'm also the founder of the American Orphan Association (americanorphanassociation.org), a 501(c)3 charity that helps America's orphans. (I define 'orphan' as an individual who lost both biological parents to death before his/her 18th birthday.)