DR. BRIAN SIMMONS is a passionate lover of God. After a dramatic conversion to Christ, Brian knew that God was calling him to go to the unreached people of the world and present the gospel of God's grace to all who would listen. With his wife, Candice, and their three children, he spent eight years in the tropical rain forest of the Darien Province of Panama as a church planter, translator, and consultant. Having been trained in linguistics and Bible translation principles, Brian assisted in the Paya-Kuna New Testament translation project. After his ministry overseas, Brian was instrumental in planting a thriving church in New England (U.S.) and currently travels full time as a speaker and Bible teacher. He is the lead translator of The Passion Translation. GRETCHEN RODRIGUEZ is a writer and author of award-winning fiction. Her heart burns with one main message: intimacy with Jesus and discovering the reality of his presence. She is also a dancer and ballet teacher. She and her husband invested nine years as missionaries in Puerto Rico, and now make Redding, California, their home.