"Before You Leave Home"

Are your children ready for the world?

A book to prepare your kids for a great life on their own.

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Our Story

We’re David & Bernice Gudgel. Life has thrown a lot of big decisions at us. Maybe you can relate. Along the way – through good & bad experiences, the wisdom of others, and lots of prayer – we’ve learned lessons that we wish we would have known before. Now, we hope to help you make the best big decisions in life.

Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused much of her adult life on raising three kids (who turned out great!) and leading ministries in the church. Dave is a pastor who has a degree in Sociology, an M Div, and a D Min. He’s counseled over a thousand clients and hosted a weekday radio program.

Our Books


Prayer Cards

A Prayer for Your Kids and Grandkids

A couple years ago one of my sons gave me an amazing gift. It’s a little stack of prayer cards that he had printed and laminated. Each card has a prayer on one side and a cool artsy picture on the other side that reminds me of the majesty and awesomeness of God. Which is a great thing to remember when I’m spending time talking to Him, and listening to Him. Growing up in a conservative, evangelical church, and spending my entire adult life ministering in that same kind of church, prayer cards weren’t even on my radar. But I’m

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Living a Simple Life

For years I’ve had a sign in our living room reminding me to do my best to lead a simple and quiet life. When we first got married it was a sign that said “It takes very little to lead a happy life.” In recent years it’s a new sign that simply says, “Simplify.” That’s always been my goal. It wasn’t something that one day I decided I wanted to work toward. It’s just always been something that I desired – a simple, quiet life. Oh I wanted it to be a life that had purpose and direction and a

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Every Family Needs an Imaginary Door

If you are a parent who has children in your home, there is a door that it would be helpful for you to always keep in mind. It’s a door that I first heard about when I read Edith Schaeffer’s book What Is a Family? back when my own three kids were running around filling my house with laughter, and tears, and adventures. This oh so important door to keep in mind is simply a door with hinges and a lock. Now you may be thinking that doesn’t sound so special. After all, most doors have hinges and locks. But

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God's Love for You

Religion Won’t Make You Righteous

Many people go through their lives trying to be good enough for God. For some it’s a belief that if they just do more good things than bad things, then they’ll be good to go when they die. Others follow a list of do’s and don’ts that they hope will get them into heaven. Even Christians often rely on a form of religion to supposedly make them righteous and keep God happy. They fall into the trap of thinking it’s what they’re supposed to do if they’re a good Christian. But is that really what God wants from us? Is

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How to Pray according to Jesus

What Jesus Said About Your Prayer Life

When Jesus was teaching His disciples and others on a hill beside the Sea of Galilee, one of the things He talked about was prayer. He began by telling them: Don’t pray in public places simply to be seen and honored by men. The core of your prayer life should be in private – just you and God. Don’t use meaningless repetitive words. Then, in Matthew 6:9-13, we find the words that He told them there on that hillside, and that He tells us today, when He said they should “pray like this…” Our Father who is in heaven, holy

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