I speak at churches, para-church organizations such as Focus on the Family, Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences, International Network of Children’s Ministry, Moody Pastors Conference, at men’s retreats, women’s groups, couples retreats, Youth Worker conventions, homeschool conventions, and conduct Family Devotion Workshops all across the country.
I’m the author of eight books, including Smashed Tomatoes, Bottle Rockets and Other Outdoor Devotionals You Can Do With Your Kids, Dangerous Devotions for Guys, Reboot Your Brain Byte Sized Devotions for Boys, and Code of Silence (releasing spring 2012).
I love speaking, and love writing just as much. Most of my books fall into two broad categories.
Writing for PARENTS and YOUTH WORKERS
Books with tons of object lesson ideas to help teach kids spiritual truth in a way where they’ll listen . . . even teens!
FICTION for BOYS
Contemporary adventure and suspense for 8-12-year-old boys that will hold their attention. Not patronizing, skinny books for boys, but stories they can truly enjoy and learn from. Perfect for reluctant readers, and ideal for parents or teachers to read to their kids. Designed for boys . . . but they work great with girls, too!
Often men are less than eager to lead family devotions. And they have pretty good reasons. When we understand the reasons behind their reluctance, we can find ways around it. Last time we looked at three of the big issues that tend to hold men back. 1. Men like to be in CONTROL. 2. Many […]
How do I get my husband to take the lead training our kids spiritually with family devotions? This question comes up frequently when I’m teaching at conferences and churches. There are things that work, and definitely things that don’t. Trying to “get” a man to lead family devotions by pushing, shaming, or cornering him somehow […]
Over these last blog posts we’ve been looking at ways to bring the passion back into your marriage. We’ve covered some pretty big areas, but let’s take a look at some things that often don’t get much attention. -Take your Christianity seriously. In other words, don’t make excuses not to follow God’s Word. For example, […]
We’ve been talking about ways to add fresh passion to your marriage over the last couple of blog entries. One of the big things we talked about last time was to “do the things you did at first.” We’re talking about doing the types of things you did when you were dating or when you […]
Last time we were talking about how 1 Corinthians 13 is a great description of love, but it is primarily talking about how we love others in the context of the church. Love between a husband and wife needs all the elements of this passage, but needs some extra passion as well. In marriage, we […]
Most married couples will go to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 for a solid definition of love. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does […]
An Interview with Tim Shoemaker by his agent, Terry Burns You led a devotional for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference where you placed a couple coins in a volunteer’s hands and asked him to guess want kind of coins he held. He guessed quarters–but they were really those pesky Susan B. Anthony dollars. What was […]
Most girls dream of getting married someday. Often fueled by storybooks and Hollywood movies, they imagine how wonderful marriage will be. A great relationship between a man and woman is often portrayed as if there was something magic between them. When these girls grow up, become a bride, and walk down the aisle, they usually […]
I think deep inside a man who desires to follow Christ there are some foundational dreams. He may not express it in so many words, but if you asked him he’d probably agree that he desires all of these at the very core of his being. 1. That he’d look back on his life with […]
I took piano lessons when I was a kid. Practiced every day after school. Trouble was, the piano was in the basement–and so was the TV. Do you know what happens when you watch “Gilligan’s Island” while you’re supposed to be practicing the piano? Not much. The same thing happens to men with their relationship […]