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The premise of this book is that God has designed a roadmap for Christians who have lost their way, so that they can return to Him and to a life of clean joy without regret, in the context of grace. Using many different scriptures and principles the author has spelled out the plan for return, which he says will work for any backslidden Christian who faithfully follow it. But the way back is not easy, which is why "Return To Joy" is written in a simple step-by-step style, to allow seekers to find their way back to God at their own pace. This is a self-help manual, not a great theological treatise. Anyone who can read and understand simple English should be able to use this book to help them get back to God and return to His joy.
Doug Martin was born in the city of Detroit, Michigan and raised on a farm till the age of fourteen, when he moved to California with his family. He attended schools in California, culminating in a B.A. in Contemporary Christian Ministries. He also studied the martial arts, eventually receiving a black belt in Shotokan karate. Active in ministry for many years, his career was in labor relations where he specialized in the reading and interpreting of contracts and labor law. His work in that area eventually resulted in a successful Supreme Court case. He lives in California with his wife and their two dogs.