Dr. John Trent is President of Encouraging Words, a ministry committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships worldwide. Since 1995, John has spoken to more than 400,000 people at his seminars and special events. John Trent has authored and coauthored more than a dozen award-winning and best-selling books for adults and children including The Blessing, The Gift of Honor, The Language of Love, Love is a Decision, The Two Sides of Love, LifeMapping, Love for All Seasons, Choosing to Live the Blessing, The Treasure Tree, The Two Trails, I'd Choose You! and The Black and White Rainbow. His most recent books, Be There! Making Deep, Lasting Connections in a Disconnected World and Pictures Your Heart Remembers, will be released by WaterBrook Press in August 2000. There are more than 2,100,000 copies of John Trent's books in print, in nine different languages. John earned his Master's Degree in New Testament Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctoral Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at North Central Texas Federation of Colleges and Universities. John currently serves as the Chaplain for CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) and is a keynote speaker at Heritage Builders seminars, which are sponsored by Focus on the Family. John also writes numerous magazine articles and is a featured columnist for Christian Parenting Today magazine. For ten years John worked alongside Gary Smalley as they ministered to couples and families at Today's Family in Phoenix, Arizona. When Gary relocated to Missouri in 1994, John founded Encouraging Words and began teaching relationship seminars across the country. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for twenty years, and have two daughters. The Trents reside near Phoenix, Arizona.