Would you prefer the formal version? Or the more complete and colorful “hard knocks of life” version?
Just in case, I’ve provided both.
The Formal Version
R. Christian Bohlen is a professional communicator. He is a #1 Amazon best-selling author and an award-winning consultant to Fortune 500 companies, providing instructional design services and developing human performance improvement programs. He has been involved in ministry and church leadership for more than 30 years and worked for over a decade with juvenile offenders. He’s enjoyed a successful career in both education and corporate training, resulting in prestigious personal and team awards.
Christian has been active in his faith throughout most of his life, serving in his church family and witnessing of Christ to many. He speaks regularly at congregations in central PA and central FL.
His interest in writing developed as he looked for simple resources to help youth understand the Bible and find Christ. Unable to find brief, plain-English materials about the life of Jesus, he decided to begin writing and ultimately blogging.
The More Complete and Colorful Version
Like me, your life probably wasn’t a straight line toward God. You have burdens and complexities that nobody else sees. I’ll share some of mine here.
I’ve been around many people with severe mental and emotional health conditions—including a bit of my own—but a lot of it in my closest family and friends. (You can read more here, What You Didn’t Know about My AMAZING Wife)
I also grew up feeling a little weird because my parents were immigrants from the Netherlands. To my friends, we ate strange food, my parents talked funny and were very quiet people, and we were very religious. We weren’t quite like the people around us in Western PA who loved shotguns, hunting, four-wheel drive trucks, and American football. I felt disoriented and conspicuously out of place.
I also crossed paths with drug addiction—including an intense period of my own—and many efforts to help others. My 12 years working at a drug and alcohol rehab for juveniles was a life-changing experience for me. This Hindu proverb was fulfilled for me: “Help your brother’s boat across, and see! Your own has reached the shore.”
As a child, I tasted the goodness of Christ. It was real and satisfying and precious. Over time, I lost touch with Christ and ended up in a confused, crisis of faith. The way I found Christ again was unforgettable, which you can read about here: My Story: God Never Gave Up On Me.
I also have a wonderful wife. We were unable to have children, which was a torturous hardship for her. (You can read more about our challenges in Happy After All: Our Harrowing Story of Hope and Healing.) Without her great sense of humor and loving ways, I wouldn’t be who I am today. She is a light to me and others. And of course, what’s life without loving dogs?
Books by R. Christian and Helen M. Bohlen
Deepen your foundation of faith in Jesus Christ with this easy-to-read, practical, #1 Amazon bestseller, “Jesus Christ, His Life and Mine,” which immerses the reader in the life of Jesus as if watching Him in a movie, while making His light understandable and applicable to modern life.
Discover the wisdom and uplifting, comforting power of the book that fully addresses the topic of boundaries and so many other critical skills for marriages and families affected by mental health or addiction. Click the image below to learn more about Healing the Stormy Marriage.
What about you?
You’ve had a hard road too, I’m sure. I want you to know that I pray to understand you, dear reader, and what I can do to write worthwhile materials. That’s why I love to interview people and share their experiences.
We’re all in the midst of God’s personalized tutoring plan. Our hard lives can become great lives. God sees to that if we’ll simply respond to his loving tugs.
Please contact me to set up a brief conversation or write your story!
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