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Frank Peretti

Frank Peretti

Entertainment Weekly calls him a "Christian-publishing phenom," while TIME Magazine heralded him as "the king of the genre" and BookPage described him as "a bona fide publishing phenomenon." But for all of his commercial, cultural and critical success, Frank Peretti's own story is one of a humble man from humble beginnings given an extraordinary gift of storytelling.

Born in 1951 with a rare genetic disease, cystic hygroma, Frank's face was horribly disfigured. Even after multiple facial surgeries, Frank struggled with speech and his face bore many scars. Peretti remembers his early school years vividly. "I was pushed, shoved, thrown, hit, insulted, badgered, manhandled, teased, and harassed," says Peretti. "I was tired of kids asking, 'What’s wrong with your tongue?' before they would even ask my name."

Fortunately for young Peretti, he found love and acceptance from his parents, two brothers and church family. It was just the rest of the world that didn't know what to do with him. (Peretti discusses his own story as well as solutions for bullying in his only non-fiction work, No More Bullies, from W Publishing Group.)

Eventually, through time and prayer, Frank found his place – acting in drama, speaking at his church youth group, writing and telling spell-binding stories for others. "I was made to be a writer, and I was always a storyteller and a writer from the time I was a kid. I would draw comics up in my room, I wrote stories on my mom's power portable typewriter. I would tell stories to the neighborhood kids under the back porch. But it took a long time for me to really realize that's what I was supposed to do."

He started dating the love of his life and future wife, Barbara Jean, when he was only 19 and she was 16. Frank left his childhood home of Seattle to study English and film at UCLA, but eventually came back home to marry Barb and assist his father, who was a pastor in a small church.

In 1983, Frank turned from church work to pursue his love of story. By day he worked at a ski factory, by night he spun tales of evil and truth. He published his first book, a YA novel entitled The Door in the Dragon's Throat, with Crossway Books, a small religious publisher. Crossway was pleased with the book's acceptance and offered to publish Frank's previously submitted (and rejected) adult novel, This Present Darkness. Ignored by 13 other publishers This Present Darkness changed the face of Christian fiction forever and established Frank as the master storyteller of his time. Almost overnight, Peretti moved from complete obscurity to a bestseller with a broad and loyal fan base.

He followed up quickly with an equally successful sequel, Piercing the Darkness (1989). The two books together have sold more than 3.5 million copies to date. He also wrote the international bestsellers The Oath (1995), The Visitation (1999) and Monster (2005). He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards for excellence in fiction for The Oath and Piercing the Darkness. Two of his books have been made into feature films and three others are optioned or in development.

Frank believes his writing will always be identified on the "dark side" saying, "it is given I will be pegged as a suspense writer. I guess I find those topics interesting. But if you don't have some kind of evil – well, at the least some kind of struggle – then you don't have a story to tell. You've got to have something to drive the story. You've got to have something to keep the pages turning."

Now Frank lives in a log cabin in the Pacific Northwest, writing full time and doing short speaking tours as his schedule allows. He spends his free time piloting a plane, riding his tractor, and playing banjo with his popular bluegrass band.

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Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings

Retired NFL running back, Rashad Jennings is an impactful influencer, inspirational speaker, and nationally recognized personality. Throughout his successful eight-year career in the NFL, as well as during his championship-winning Season 24 on Dancing With the Stars, Rashad gained the love and support of fans throughout the country.

Today, Rashad is driven to make a national impact and lasting legacy through The Rashad Jennings Foundation, established in 2013. This award-winning foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth through the foundation’s Flagship Literacy program which is currently successfully implemented in 12 of the 32 NFL cities, in addition to providing mentorship and promoting health and fitness nationwide.

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Diane Kim

Diane Kim

Diane's passion is encouraging struggling believers with the timeless relevance of Scripture, applied to the gritty realities of life. In 2004, her first son was diagnosed with autism at age two and ADHD, which triggered profound personal, professional and spiritual crises. Author of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent, her writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Orange's Parent Cue, Parenting Magazine, Dandelion Magazine, and Not Alone. Since 2008, Diane has served as a special needs ministry consultant, training and equipping local churches into becoming inclusive faith communities. She is honored to partner with Joni and Friends as a ministry ambassador and national speaker.

Diane and her husband, Eddie, have served over twenty-five years in bi-vocational ministry. They live and serve in the heart of Silicon Valley with their two young sons.

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Tony Evans

Tony Evans

DR. TONY EVANS is the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry dedicated to restoring hope in personal lives, families, churches and communities. Dr. Evans also serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. He is a bestselling author and his radio program, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, is heard on nearly 1,000 stations around the globe every day.

Diane Stortz

Diane Stortz

Diane Stortz has been involved with publishing for many years as an editor, editorial director, and author. Her children's books include Jesus Loves You: A Read the Pictures Book, Let's Shine Jesus' Light on Halloween, Four Faithful Friends, and God's Boredom Buster Plan. She is cofounder of the National Network of Parents of Missionaries and coauthor of Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve Cross-Culturally. Diane is the mother of two grown daughters, and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and a Dutch house rabbit, Pepe.