"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


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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What Happened on Good Friday Is Good News For Everyone, Everywhere

The story of the Bible shows us that Jesus’ death on the cross was for everyone, everywhere. No matter who you are, the sacrifice that was made on Good Friday was for you too. Life With God When you understand the simple storyline of the Bible, it’s clear that God’s love isn’t for any one people group. It’s for everyone. And the sacrifice Jesus made to make it possible for us to walk with Him in spite of our sin was for everyone. Now, anyone who comes to Him and accepts His gift of forgiveness and grace will have life

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We Need to Be Lookers and Learners…Like a Two-Year Old

Early in our marriage, Bernice had a chat with me about my bathroom behavior. I thought it was fine but she thought otherwise. She explained that I pretty much always left water all over the place – on the counter, on the mirror, and sometimes even on the floor. The amazing things is, I didn’t see it. I just did my bathroom business and then took off without any thought of the condition I left the bathroom in. Which now I see was inconsiderate, unloving, and just plain rude. So she had a chat with me. And you know what

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A New Resource for Couples Who Are Thinking About Getting Married

Getting married is one of the most important decisions a person will make in their life. And while there are a lot of resources available to help engaged couples prepare for marriage, there is very little to help them know if they have actually found the right person and if they are both ready to get engaged and married. That’s why a while ago I wrote the book Before You Get Engaged. It’s a resource individuals and couples are using – before they get engaged – to help them know if they have found the right person and are ready

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