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Author, pastor, business leader, journalist and missionary Patrick J. McGuffin brings his diverse background and experiences together in writing this insightful and highly practical book "Making Sense Out Of Life".
McGuffin, a University of Florida journalism graduate, spent the first part of his professional career publishing newspapers, ending that part of his life as president and publisher of 19 newspapers. Although he owns two printing companies and a book publishing company, his passion is “advancing God’s kingdom by taking what is seen by the eyes of a few and make it known to many.” This little phrase God gave him years ago has propelled him in his efforts as an elder/pastor in his church and as a missionary to many nations.
He is married to his lover and wife of 30 years Sheila, and they have two grown daughters, Stacy and Jennifer. Stacy and her husband Matthew and their sons Noah and Logan, and Jennifer and her husband Scott and their boys Reece and Talin have provided the McGuffins with a boatload of insight into life over the years.
Among his many civic, business and Christian leadership activities, McGuffin has been an Eagle Scout, president of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Florida and chairman of Florida Hospital Foundation/Apopka. He has started a Christian newspaper in Ecuador, published four family magazines throughout Florida, and kicked off a Christian newspaper in Iran, where it is illegal to publicize Christianity.
McGuffin feels most humbled to have watched God perform so many amazing miracles of healing during his missionary trips to South America. “The first time you see God make a blind person see, or a deaf person hear or a lame person get up and walk, your jaw drops in amazement and gratefulness that our God would invade the hurting lives of individuals like us, and set us in a new place,” he says. “That is why I wrote this book – so that people would not only know there is hope, but also gain true confidence that God can change anything in their lives.”