Gary Thomas is a bestselling author, international speaker and Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church Houston, Texas.He has written numerous books, which have sold over 1 million copies, have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and have won numerous awards. His writings have established him as a thought-leader in the areas of marriage, parenting and spiritual formation. His book Sacred Marriage has sold more than 700,000 copies, and its accompanying devotional was an ECPA Gold Medallion Award finalist.Thomas has spoken at conferences, retreats, and college campuses in 49 states and nine countries, including appearances at the Focus on the Family National Marriage Simulcast, the Gaithers’ Praise Gathering and several National Pastor’s Conventions. He has also brought thousands of married couples closer together through his popular Sacred Marriage seminars.As a prolific writer, Thomas has authored more than 150 articles published in major magazines, such as Christianity Today, Decision Magazine, Moody, Marriage Partnership, New Man, World, Charisma, Boundless.org and Discipleship Journal. His message has also been featured on national radio and television programs, such as FamilyLife Today and Focus on the Family.He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.Thomas is an avid runner who has completed 13 marathons, including Boston three times. He is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, Texas.