Stan Purdum was a parish minister in Ohio for several years. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor. He writes curriculum for Cokesbury and edits Emphasis and Proclaim, both nationally circulated preaching journals. He formerly was executive editor of Homiletics, the most widely used preaching resource in America. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University Theological School. Stan's other books include Roll Around Heaven All Day and Playing in Traffic, both accounts of his long distance bicycle journeys, as well as New Mercies I See, a collection of parish stories of God's grace. Stan and his wife live in North Canton, Ohio. They have three grown children.