I’ve put together this website to help you learn more about me and the books I write. That’s my wife, Nicole, on the home page, and we’ve been married for forty wonderful years. We're pictured to the right with our children, Andrea and Patrick.
I've written and co-authored more than 100 books and love what I do. I get to collaborate with interesting people. Tell fascinating stories. Bring characters to life. Research compelling information. Write books from start to finish, which is enormously satisfying.
Feel free to look around, learn about my latest releases, and check out some photos.
Under the Contact page, you can write me an e-mail. I’ll do my best to respond as long as I can keep up.
This is the inspiring story of a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty.
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hendrickson is a brave, determined, and courageous soldier—a Green Beret clearing the way for his twelve-man team while conducting combat operations against the Taliban. As the "tip of the spear," his role is to insure the route taken by U.S and Afghan troops are free of IEDs-improvised explosive devices. Many soldiers do not survive their last step; those who do often lose at least one limb.
While rescuing an Afghan soldier outside a mud-hut compound in 2010—knowing that he was in "uncleared" territory—Ryan stepped on an IED with his right foot. The device exploded, leaving his foot dangling at the end of his leg.
American soldiers losing a limb is an all-too-common occurrence. But what makes Ryan's story different is that after undergoing two dozen surgeries and a tortuous rehabilitation, he was medically retired but fought to return to active duty. Multiple skin grafts to his lower leg and right foot successfully reattached his lower leg, and he was aided in his recovery by wearing a new prosthetic device known as an IDEO (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis). Once he passed a series of crucial physical tests, Ryan was able to rejoin the Green Berets within a year and physically perform his duties, redeploying to Afghanistan multiple times since 2
An engaging and harrowing account, Tip of the Spear tells the amazing story of one Green Beret's indomitable spirit.
To be successful, you don’t have to be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player on the field. All you need is the right mindset and then you’ll be unstoppable. When you get your mind right, you can realize your wildest dreams, whether in sports, business, relationships, or any other aspect of life.
As the founder of Fitness Quest 10 in California, Todd Durkin works with high-profile, high-performance athletes. In Get Your Mind Right, this world-class athletic trainer shares his top 10 principles to inspire you to find motivation, work hard, grow in your faith, think like a champion, and be the very best version of yourself. Principles like:
· your thoughts determine your life and your legacy
· run at your fears, not away from them
· your habits determine your success
· success requires sacrifice
· always begin and end with love
· believe in yourself
· be obsessed
· and more
If you’re ready to start taking on your challenges with confidence, it’s time to get your mind right!
In the early 1960s, Ron Archer was born to a seventeen-year-old single mother in the inner city of Cleveland. Being the result of an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy, he was nearly aborted by ill-intentioned men, who wanted to take advantage of his mom’s beauty. Ron was abused by a babysitter, teased unmercifully by classmates for his stuttering, and neglected at home. At age ten, he put a loaded snub-nosed revolver to his head and pulled the trigger.
The gun didn’t fire.
With the help of a heroic teacher who introduced him to the Bible, Ron discovered Jesus Christ and finally found his voice. Now a celebrated public speaker, he reaches out to others who are in despair, sharing the hope that can only come from God.
At one time, Casey Diaz was one of the most feared gang-bangers in downtown Los Angeles. After he was caught by the LAPD and locked up inside New Folsom Prison, a miraculous introduction to Jesus Christ changed everything for Casey—but put his life in mortal jeopardy.
Since its release in 2019, there have been more than 250 reviews on Amazon with 88 percent giving The Shot Caller a five-star rating. After Casey appeared on the Laura Ingraham Show on Fox News, the sales ranking shot up to #159!
In this emotional, heartfelt, and honest book, former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells her story of what life was like with Grant Feasel, a center with the Seattle Seahawks who suffered repeated concussions and head trauma during his 10-year NFL career.
These days, Cyndy is an outstanding spokesperson about the dangers of children playing contact sports like football and ice hockey while raising awareness about CTE and head trauma injuries. You can find out more about Cyndy by going to her Facebook page (Cyndy Feasel) or her website at cyndyfeasel.com.
After the Cheering Stops was named among the "100 Best Memoir Books of All Time" by bookauthority.org., which is quite an honor.
Although this book is several years old, The Right Steph is a fascinating look at one of the top NBA stars in the game today.
Rolf Benirschke was an up-and-coming placekicker for the San Diego Chargers when a little-understood intestinal illness turned his life upside down. If you are looking for encouragement —especially if you or a family member have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, then read this book.
By every indication, Gina Pastore was enjoying the fruits of a long marriage to Frank Pastore, host of an afternoon talk show on KKLA radio in Los Angeles. And then tragedy struck in this incredible story that will have you crying and laughing at the same time.
I thought I was going to be a sportswriter growing up in La Jolla, California.
I started writing for publication during my junior year at La Jolla High School for the hometown newspaper, the La Jolla Light, covering the exploits of the high school football and basketball teams. I thought a fun way to go through life would be sitting in the press box at San Diego Chargers and Padres games, eating a free hot dog and taking notes about what happened on the field.
I decided to attend the University of Oregon because of its top-notch journalism school. After graduating, however, I couldn't find a reporting job so I gravitated to Mammoth Lakes, California, home of Mammoth Mountain, a ski resort in the Eastern Sierra. While in Mammoth, I met my future wife, Nicole, who was a ski instructor from Switzerland. We fell in love, got married, and moved to Switzerland, where we lived in Geneva for one year and Zurich for six months. That was a fabulous broadening experience for me, seeing that part of the world and trying to learn French and Swiss-German.
Feeling like I needed to start my journalism career, we returned to Mammoth Lakes, where I got my start at a small weekly resort newspaper. Children arrived: Andrea, followed by Patrick. Then in 1986, I received a huge break: I was hired by Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry founded by Dr. James Dobson, to be the editor of Focus on the Family magazine. I enjoyed eleven fantastic and satisfying years at Focus on the Family, living in the Los Angeles area as well as Colorado Springs, Colorado, before moving back to San Diego to start a freelance career as an author and editor. I've written more than two dozen books under my own name.
My professional and personal highlight has been coming alongside Fred Stoeker for Every Man’s Battle, which was released in 1999. The Every Man’s series—nearly a dozen books in all—has more 3 million copies in print, but more importantly, the impact in men’s lives around the world has been mind-boggling and humbling at the same time.
Throughout the years, I’ve collaborated with other amazing people:
• Jordan Rubin of The Maker’s Diet fame
• Casey Diaz, the former L.A. gang leader who had a miraculous conversion experience
• Dr. Nick Yphantides, a San Diego physician who lost 267 pounds
• NFL football stars Colt McCoy and Rolf Benirschke and NFL wife Cyndy Feasel
• Eric LeGrand, paralyzed while football playing for Rutgers
• tennis stars Michael Chang, Roscoe Tanner, and Betsy McCormack and tennis chaplain Fritz Glaus
• Baseball pitcher and cancer victim Dave Dravecky and hitting guru Steve Springer in Spring Time
• Joe Sweeney, a networking all-star from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• evangelist Luis Palau
• pop singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of the Fifth Dimension
• Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series
• Frank Sontag, heard Monday through Friday on KKLA radio in Los Angeles
• Green Beret Ryan Hendrickson in Tip of the Spear, which will be released in April 2020
• Frank and Elena Giordano, who share their story about their son stricken with cancer in Luca's Light
• Entrepreneur expert Allon Lefever
• Men's ministry speakers Pete McKenzie and Phil Van Horn in Cracking the Man Code
I'm a blessed man, indeed.