A native Texan, Charles Swindoll was born in El Campo, on October 18, 1934, the youngest of three children. His original career choice out of high school was mechanical engineering. However, during his tour of duty with the Marines, which included 16 months in Southeast Asia, he became convinced that the Lord's real direction for his life was as a pastor. He graduated from Dallas Seminary in 1962, and has held pastorates in Texas, Massachusetts, and California, where he spent 23 years as senior pastor at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. He and his wife, Cynthia, were married in 1955, and have four children and nine grandchildren.
Most people know Charles Swindoll as president of Dallas Theological Seminary--his alma mater--and the host of the daily radio program, "Insight for Living"--heard on more than 1,600 stations globally. He is the author of more than 30 books which have sold almost 6 million copies worldwide. His unique expository preaching, teaching, and writing style is marked by a clear and accurate presentation of Scripture, with an emphasis on the practical application of God's truth to everyday living. Swindoll's newest book series, Great Lives from God's Word, is proving to be immensely popular. The first volume, David, spent six months on the CBA hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.
With more than 39 million books sold worldwide, Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times - 1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name.
In 1994, he became the only author to have 11 of his twelve books in print simultaneously appear on paperback, hardcover and children's CBA bestseller lists. Lucado set a new industry record by concurrently placing nine different Word Publishing titles on the CBA Hardcover Bestseller List in both March and April 1997. Max Lucado is a fixture on the national bestseller lists - a Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the past eight years. He has appeared on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. His newest book, Come Thirsty, was released in October 2004, and Next Door Savior recently won a Gold Medallion award in the Inspirational category.
In addition to his nonfiction books, Lucado has authored several award-winning children's titles including, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, The Crippled Lamb, Alabaster's Song, and the award-winning You Are Special. His most recent effort based on You Are Special is entitled, Punchinello and His Most Marvelous Gift. Max is also the author of Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, as well as a number of subsequent works based on Hermie. He also served as the general editor for the best-selling Devotional Bible and God's Inspirational Promise Book.
Max serves as the pulpit minister of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.