"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


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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Weighed Down by the Worries of this World

What Do We Do When Life Is Out of Control?

What do you do when your plan isn’t working out? When things aren’t going the way you want them to. When what’s happening in and around your life just seems wrong.  We’ll all face times like that, whether they’re related to our personal lives, our families, our jobs… or even our country. If you are a follower of Christ, there are certain truths that we can cling to during hard times. When the world seems to be out of control around us, we can hold on to these truths and find peace and comfort and hope. God is in control

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Hope When You Need it Most

Where Death and Hope Meet During the Holidays

If you recently went through the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a very painful time. So many things that you used to greet with joy and laughter can now become an overload of reminders that there is someone missing. One woman said “I wish I could go to sleep the day before Thanksgiving and wake up January 2.” It’s not easy to deal with the grief and sorrow and loss that come when someone we love dies. Even Jesus wept after the death of his friend, Lazarus. We Need Hope Over the past two years, both

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