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An autobiographical devotional book that will inspire
and encourage you in every area of your life.

The Arise, SHINE, Be Encouraged devotional book has over 200 devotionals that are filled with Gary’s inspirational spiritual journey. Some of the topics and experiences Gary shares are:

  • Submitting to God
  • Overcoming Spiritual Warfare
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Faith and Work
  • Loving and Serving Others
  • Pride v.s. Humility
  • Calling and Purpose
  • Developing a Kingdom Mindset
  • The Grace of God

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I love the way Gary has segmented his messages by theme and put them in chapters by theme. There is something for everyone in these pages. He covers a broad scope of topics that will help you navigate through life’s challenges. You will find inspiration, practical advice, and stories that will help you apply the Word of God in daily life.”
Os Hillman, Christian Speaker & Author, USA

This message is very powerful. There are many of us out here who get caught up in fear and guilt and fail to recognize who we are in Christ. After lying in bed all night, tossing and turning, concerned over events in my life, this message brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Gary for allowing the Lord to speak through you. These devotionals will be life-changing for many.”
Chuck, Vice-President operations USA

Gary, you shot off  the big guns with today’s message, “Spiritual Warfare in the Executive Suite . . . I don’t want to be God’s example of what not to do.”
Terry, Vice-President Operations, USA

Your messages are wonderful. Since I began reading them, I have grown in my faith and my ministry has expanded as well. Leaders of my churches are finding them useful also.” Davis, Senior Pastor, Kenya

Thanks for another excellent devotional. We always appreciate how you share yourself using personal illustrations of the Lord’s gracious forgiveness and leading in your life.” Steve, Senior Pastor & Christian Counselor, USA

Gary’s Call to Action

Find your passion, live by faith and act in boldness!

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This book is the result of my intimate journey with the Lord as the Holy Spirit began to speak to me in ways that I had never experienced. On each devotional, He would direct me to a specific Bible book, chapter, and verse; some were familiar, others not. Then, suddenly, a whisper of the devotional title or storyline. Never knowing what I would write in advance, I was always amazed at the outcome. I pray that the devotionals will encourage you as much as they have encouraged me over the years. I encourage you to share them with others and you too can become an Encourager. Then watch, as God’s love and His Word changes you and the world around you!

This collection of 217 devotionals will teach and encourage you while giving you a glimpse into Gary’s life and spiritual journey. Initially Gary used the devotionals to encourage himself, but soon he began to share them with others with the hope that they would be encouraged as well. He prayed that all who read them would become more committed to adopting a Christian worldview in every area of their lives.

Gary is an Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker. He holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical & Community Psychology from Stephen F. Austin University. As a modern-day Barnabas, Gary teaches, encourages, and equips others to find your passion, live by faith, and act in boldness. He is committed to empowering believers with the Word of God so that they can courageously integrate their faith at work. He and his wife, Karen live in Houston, Texas.


“Arise, shine; For your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1, NASB).

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