Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer's Bio:
Hank Hanegraaff serves as president and chairman of the board of the California-based Christian Research Institute International. He also hosts the Bible Answer Man radio program, which is broadcast daily across the United States and Canada—as well as around the world through the internet at www.equip.org.
Reaching millions weekly through his live call-in radio broadcast, Hank answers questions about Christianity and religion on the basis of the Bible, careful research, and sound reasoning. Additionally, Hank regularly brings to his listening audience live interviews with Evangelicalism’s most significant leaders, apologists, and thinkers.
Hank came to faith in Jesus Christ after examining the scientific evidence for creation, the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and the cumulative case for the divine inspiration of Scripture. With an uncommon intensity he immediately embarked on a rigorous course of Scripture study and memorization, and by the Lord’s grace and calling his heart ever since has been to equip others to know God in Christ.
Hank is the author of several award-winning best-sellers, including The Prayer of Jesus, Christianity in Crisis, and Resurrection, the latter providing a stirring and persuasive defense of the central event in Christianity. Resurrection and Christianity in Crisis both won the Gold Medallion for excellence in Christian Literature awarded by the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association. Hank’s books Counterfeit Revival and The F.A.C.E. that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution each won the Silver Medallion. The Prayer of Jesus was honored as a top 10 best-selling nonfiction book in both 2001 and 2002 by the Christian Bookseller's Association, while the small group video presentation “The Prayer of Jesus EZ Lesson Plan” taught by Hank won a Telly Award in 2003.
A sequel to The Prayer of Jesus, entitled The Covering, calls Christians to return to the biblical and practical model for spiritual warfare as centered in discipleship and the spiritual disciplines, away from the shallow and dangerous contemporary craze of exorcism and deliverance.
In 1999 Hank went behind the scenes in The Millennium Bug Debugged to uncover the sloppy journalism and sensationalism that empowered the Y2K hype and other "millennial madness" hysteria.
In The Bible Answer Book, released in early 2004, Hank has taken his impromptu answers to the most significant questions received on the Bible Answer Man broadcast and chiseled them until only the gem emerges. This work is quintessential Hank. His prayer for The Bible Answer Book is not only that it equip believers to offer cogent answers, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have in Christ (cf. 1 Peter 3:15), but that it be a treasure they share with family and friends.
He is a regular contributor to Christian Research Journal and Plain Truth magazine. A popular conference speaker, he addresses churches, schools, and businesses worldwide. His many media appearances include television interviews on Peter Jennings Reporting (ABC), Larry King Live (CNN), and Hannity & Colmes (FOX).
Hank and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of nine children—Michelle, Katie, David, John Mark, Hank Jr., Christina, Paul, Faith, and baby Grace.
Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. Some of his works encourage young reluctant readers into the world of books, and others provide adults with riveting tales. His youth series include Mars Diaries, Short Cuts Extreme Sports, Lightning On Ice, CyberQuest, The Winds of Light, Dr. Drabble: Genius Inventor, and The Accidental Detectives. His adult fiction titles include Out of the Shadows, Morning Star, Thunder Voice, Double Helix, and Blood Ties.
Sigmund's diverse background surfaces in the characters of his books as he inspires kids to get excited about reading. He grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and developed an early interest in sports like hockey, racquetball, and biking. His poor performance in high school English classes led him to receive a degree in commerce from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and not to pursue writing. When a professor in his undergraduate English course encouraged him to write, Sigmund did, and he eventually received a degree in journalism from Carleton College in Ottawa. After publishing several articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines, he turned to writing books for kids reluctant to read.
In 1993, he co-founded The Young Writers' Institute with home education expert and author Debra Bell and conducts writing camps and seminars for more than 10,000 children every year. His commitment to his faith is an integral part of his creative goals, and Sigmund cites C. S. Lewis as one of his greatest writing influences. Although there is no overt Christian agenda in his novels, the deliberate underpinning of morality and redemption make his books more than tools of escape. He quotes C. S. Lewis, "There is no Christian way to write, just as there is no Christian way to boil an egg."
Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan; the couple has one daughter. He writes five pages per day on his laptop, whether he is in an airport, hotel, or dividing his time between family homes in Red Deer and Nashville.