In 1988, my first book Healing the Masculine Soul pioneered the Christian men’s movement and has been a bestseller since, with French and Italian translations. Fully ten years later, in 1998, it appeared for the first time on the “Top 50 Most Requested Religious Titles” list at #30. In 1991, my Focus on the Family interviews drew a listener response in the top 10% of the show’s history. Those same interviews were re-broadcast three times, the last in 2008.
In 1986, I wrote No Small Snakes: A Journey into Spiritual Warfare, but could not sell it. Over twenty years later, in 2008, the largest Christian publisher in the world (Thomas Nelson, now owned by Harper Collins) bought it. Their senior editor told me that my chapter “The Bible as War Story” was “the best chapter in any book I’ve read except for the Bible.”
My ministry has always tended to be ahead of its time, and the good news is that the message of God’s truth and grace endures. Being ahead of the times, however, isn’t always easy; as warriors know, the flak is thickest when you’re over the target. My ministry, therefore, is not often widely received, because it focuses on healing wounds, which we fear because they often stir shame. And so the world invests massive energy in hiding shame, because we cannot do what only Jesus can, namely, remove it (see Rom. 8:1).
We don’t want to be healed as badly as we want to cover our shame.
In 1985, I wrote my very first book Broken by Religion, Healed by God: Restoring the Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal, Social Justice Church. An agent in Colorado Springs declared it “a message of life to churches”—and was dismayed when no publisher would touch it. “Too hot to handle,” declared one. “Something here to offend everyone,” wrote another. Though men around the world wrote to thank me for them, my subsequent men’s books Fight like a Man: A New Manhood for a New Warfare and Sons of the Father: Healing the Father-Wound in Men Today were dropped by publishers. Since then, I’ve published all my books by myself.
In recent years, the Father put a hold on my speaking engagements in order to focus on writing. As a card-carrying extrovert, I miss being out in public ministry. But the fruit has been two revised, updated books and five new ones.
Born in 1944, I’ve worked out to stay Caleb-fit, and still tend to operate on the frontiers of the Father’s advancing Kingdom. Pioneers, however, are not always well received by the natives. A ministry which proclaims both the truth and grace of Jesus is not affirmed by those who would deny their wounds—whether with truth-less politically-correct “tolerance” or grace-less religiously-correct judgment. As Christians have increasingly fallen for this wordly distraction from Jesus, I believe that my ministry has become more needed even as it’s become more marginalized.
Long ago, I realized that the Father had wisely designed my ministry to depend not upon any larger organization, but rather, upon His provision via other, supportive Believers. My goal today is simply to write what I believe the Father’s given me and beyond that, to use me however He sees fit. As I’ve stepped out in faith, He has continued to prove Himself trustworthy by lifting up supporters. I’m grateful.
If you sense the Father would have you come alongside me in my ministry, here are several ways:
- Pray for my family and ministry
- Buy and display my ministry bumper sticker “A Real Man Is a Man Who’s Real”
- Make a tax-deductible donation at www.chesedministries.org. You can pay there with either credit card at PayPal or check sent to my ministry address. At the end of the year, I’ll send you a letter confirming your donation as a tax receipt.