Discover the lessons Thomas Dexter Jakes learned as a young boy growing up in Appalachian poverty. Experience the victory and redemption of a young man who facedAnd#8212;and overcameAnd#8212;the seduction of drugs and crime. Witness the entrepreneurial seeds that were planted as he shouldered the responsibilities of his deceased father's business as a teenager. Then, behold his rise from pastor of a tiny rural congregation to the leader of a 30,000-member megachurch in one of America's largest cities. Through his experiences, you will discover how you, too, can...Develop your own God-given vision.See miracles in your life.Reap the blessings of faith.Overcome obstacles.Change your part of the world.Be led by the Holy Spirit.You, too, can live a life of faith, blessing and favor. Most importantly, you will witness the biblical truth: "With God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26)."A brilliant, well-researched weaving together of numerous sources showing how T. D. Jakes has become one of North America's most influential preachers." And#8212;Warren BirdResearch Director, Leadership Network, Coauthor of The Multi-Site Church Revolution
Richard Young is a former educator, businessman, and pastor. The son of a Free Will Baptist pastor, Richard started preaching at fourteen and pastoring at twenty. He comes from a great heritage of preachers and pastors, as there has been a member of his family in the ministry consistently since 1876. Richard has been a writer all of his adult life, writing corporate training manuals and collegiate self-study courses, as well as two textbooks. He has written articles for both Christian and secular magazines and journals. His biographies are Joyce Meyer, The Rise of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, The Journey of T. D. Jakes, and Messengers of Healing (the story of Charles and Frances Hunter).Richard received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He has completed the coursework for his doctorate in education at Oklahoma State University. He served as vice president of academics at American Christian College and Seminary in Oklahoma City, as well as dean of academics at Oklahoma Junior College. He also was a trainer for Century 21 across the state of Oklahoma.Richard and his wife, Brenda, have been married for more than three decades. Although they find great joy in helping people, their highest delight is spending time with their three children and nine grandchildren.