DEAN MERRILL has a B.A. from Christian Life College (Chicago) and a M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. He is a former magazine editor (Campus Life, Leadership Journal, Christian Herald) and has served as editorial director at David C. Cook and Focus on the Family. He has written ten books and co-authored 35 others. Two of his books have received the Gold Medallion Award from ECPA, and another was named Christian Book of the Year. He has travelled widely overseas, especially during his seven years as a vice president at International Bible Society (now Biblica). His favorite part of the globe to visit is Africa. Dean and his wife live in Colorado Springs, CO and are the proud parents of three and the grandparents of twelve (ten biological, two adopted).