Who We Are
“Search for the truth in holy writings, not eloquence. All holy writing should
be read in the same spirit with which it was written… Do not let the writer’s authority or learning influence you,
be it little or great, but let the love of pure truth attract you to read.”
--Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation
We don't consider the writing on this web
site to be "holy" in the sense the Bible is holy. But we do believe it is writing about things that are
holy. We both feel very strongly that the Holy Spirit provided guidance and direction for this writing.
And we hope you get the same sense.
We’re a husband and wife team who accepted
Jesus a long time ago, but it was years before we really began walking with him. The way my wife puts it: when we
accepted Christ, we stepped through the door; but we didn’t go any farther, didn't really begin our "walk" until
almost nine years ago. And what a walk it has been.
We founded Surrendered Lives, an international ministry dedicated to helping people form
and improve the most important relationship in their lives: the one with God. We're humbled that our web sites
have been visited by people from every state in the United States as well as more than 140 countries around
My wife has been blessed with the gift of intercessory
prayer. She is truly one of God’s prayer warriors. She also works as a volunteer in a number of
ministries at the church we attend. A stay-at-home mom, she home-schools our two boys, ages 12 and 10, and
our little 8-year-old girl.
I, too, serve as a volunteer in several ministries in
our church. My suspense novel, Ever Surrender, is getting great reviews. Some are
already asking when the next book in the trilogy will be released. I've also written The 11 Day Path--Overcoming Stumbling Blocks to
Belief, a good resource of seekers and new believers as well as those leading
them to Christ. In addition to this web site, I’m currently working on several books and
other ministry projects. My writing is a gift from God that I use to reach out to others, especially
new Christians and earnest seekers.
My two oldest sons are married. The oldest
lives in North Carolina with his wife and sons (my grandsons!). His younger brother lives close by with his wife
and an ever changing cast of animal companions.
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May the Lord bless you and protect you;
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His
--Joe and Susan Vigliano