Meet Bruce Wilkinson

The Cold War was at its height; there was no such thing as a space shuttle, a PC, or the Internet; cars ran on leaded gas...and a Dallas Theological Seminary student named Bruce Wilkinson was wondering, “How can Christians teach a written Word in a visual age? How are we to present 66 books to a world that would rather watch 66 channels?” He answered his question by drawing from a concept in his master’s thesis and developed Walk Thru the Bible, a program by which, in just one day, just about anyone can learn the geography, characters, and key concepts of every book of the Old Testament in chronological order.

Twenty-five years later, Dr. Wilkinson’s teachings have helped thousands of Christians draw closer to God’s Word. Walk Thru the Bible is the largest conductor of live seminars in the world, religious or secular, and the world’s largest publisher of devotional magazines. Materials are available in more than 40 countries and 25 languages.

As the author of many books (including Personal Holiness in Times of Temptation, Talk Thru the Bible, and the best-sellers The 7 Laws of the Learner and The Prayer of Jabez), Wilkinson is an in-demand speaker, and makes frequent appearances at Promise Keeper rallies and the National Association of Christian Schools conventions. He is also a regular contributor to Dr. James Dobson’s radio program.

He is a “teacher’s teacher,” and sees everyone as a teacher of something to someone—for Christians, that “something” is God’s truth. The 7 Laws of the Learner shows parents, pastors, business professionals, and teachers how to expect and encourage the best from their children, congregations, colleagues, and students; apply what they’re teaching to their own lives; discover students’ needs and meet them; and overcome their own sins so they can help others grow in Christ.

His little book The Prayer of Jabez has taken the country by storm since it's release. With 4 million copies in print since its first appearance in April 2000, the book has, indeed, become a call to live a more blessed life for countless readers. This master teacher does not avoid the prayer’s “name it and claim it” allusions, but puts them in proper biblical perspective. His conversational writing style persuades and challenges even the most cynical reader to seek God’s protection, blessing, and guidance—and watch God work! Jabez has been released in multiple forms for all age groups. The follow-up, Secrets of the Vine, which explores John 15 to show readers how to make maximum impact for God, is doing much the same thing with versions for adults through toddlers.

Other recent books by Wilkinson include 30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, The Dream Giver, <30 Days to Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness, and Set Apart.

Dr. Wilkinson and his wife, Darlene, live near Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children, David, Jennifer, and Jessica, and four grandsons. A New Jersey native, he has degrees from Northeastern Bible College, Dallas Seminary, and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Men of Achievement, and Personalities of America. He continues to pursue biblical answers to his life-long ministry question: "How can we fulfill the Great Commission in modern culture?

Information gleaned from prayerofjabez.com and Walk Thru the Bible website. Updated 06/ 2003

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