Mike, as his friends and family call him, was born in Chicago, Illinois, 63 years ago. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, holding a master's degree in Physical Education. He has been coaching gymnastics for 43 years and has enjoyed his relationships in that field as well as in churches he has attended since his early 20's. He and his wife, Faith, live in Tallahassee where he has been the head men's gymnastics coach for Trousdell Gymnastics Center for the past 20 years. Mike and his wife attend Lifepoint, a local church where they have enjoyed fellowship for the past several years. The messages in his journal represent flashes of wisdom and insight over the years. His love for writing has been inspired by everything from notes from pastors' sermons, to something that a commentator says on a football game, to driving down the road, just thinking about the Lord and how God wants to be a part of everything in our lives.