Tracey and I met when we were both sixteen years old. We were high school sweethearts and married right after graduating from college.
In time, we were blessed with three wonderful children. We were living what we would call a normal life - our little slice of the American dream - in a quaint little town in New England.
I commuted to New York City every day to work in the midst of the exciting "dot-com" explosion. Tracey stayed home to raise our children and took family portraits as a part-time job. I loved my work. We loved our life.
And then the bottom fell out. The dot-com bubble burst, and I was suddenly unemployed.
Even though our income stopped coming in, the expenses of supporting a family remained. Our savings evaporated rapidly; the bill collectors were banging on the door, and we were losing our home. We were scared and paralyzed with fear.
From Fear to Hope
One sleepless night, we lay in bed in the middle of the night and began to thank God for what we did have. We had our health, we had each other, and we had three beautiful children. We focused on our blessings rather than all that we were losing.
That simple prayer of gratitude was life-changing.
We felt inspired and filled with new hope. We sat down in the days that followed and - based on my lifetime of spiritual reading and shared experience - we created six more simple prayers.
Each prayer touched another important aspect of our lives. The prayers completely changed the way that we looked at the world. The prayers helped us be positive and gave us a new outlook. All of a sudden, we could see what was most important.
The prayers gave us the hope and the strength we needed to face our challenges. Our lives changed! We saw abundance and opportunity where previously we only saw lack.
We became open to receiving God's blessings, and they began to come to us!
Sharing the Prayers
Since everyone goes through difficult times at some point, we shared these 7 Great Prayers with friends and family. People who had lost a job, had lost a loved one, were going through a divorce, were experiencing health problems, were lonely and looking for love, or were going through any of life's myriad challenges found comfort and power in the 7 Great Prayers. Our friends and family found inspiration and strength in the prayers too.
Humbled by the words of thanks from our family and friends who found help in the 7 Great Prayers, we set out to share them with others.
I built a simple one-page website hoping those who needed help would find my site and these prayers. They did - in droves! Tracey and I received thousands of emails. People shared their stories about how the 7 Great Prayers helped them. Before we knew it, over 20 million people had visited our website!
They wanted more, so we wrote a book about the 7 Great Prayers. We printed it ourselves at Kinkos. It became their best-selling, self-published book, ever!
The Right Book...The Right Time
Word swept across the internet. We received orders from 163 countries for our book. The 7 Great Prayers touched the lives of people of all nationalities and faiths. The prayers gave them hope, kept them positive, connected them with God, and deepened their love for life.
That's when our mission truly began.
With the help of friends, we have now found a publisher who will help us spread the hope of the 7 Great Prayers further than we ever dreamed possible back when we first created them to find solace and hope in our own lives. We feel truly blessed to be able to reach out to so many people around the world.
We hope that the 7 Great Prayers bring you the hope, strength and joy that they have brought to our family and so many others.
May God bless you and yours always.
P.S. We know what it means to lose everything and then find God's blessings, abundance and hope! It is an awesome experience. We believe with all our hearts that it can be yours too!