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About Gil Stieglitz
I founded Principles to Live By (PTLB) to connect people to God's principles in real and tangible ways. My hope is that the books, video courses, and blog posts I prepared will give you the tools and encouragement to become all God wants you to be. I have spent thousands of hours helping, coaching, and strengthening believers in Christ, teaching couples, men, women, and pastors and ministry leaders how to have a successful life by strengthening our relationships.
I love to write and have published over 25 books on marriage, soul development, and spiritual warfare, including Building a Ridiculously Great Marriage, Becoming a Godly Husband, God's Radical Plan for Wives, Marital Intelligence, Wise Parenting, Mission Possible, The Keys to Grapeness, Spiritual Disciplines of a C.H.R.I.S.T.I.A.N., and more. I've also published 4 video courses, which are hosted on Udemy.com. Feel free to check them out, and as always, your reviews are appreciated.
Currently, my role as Discipleship Pastor for Bayside Church near Sacramento, California, allows me to speak and teach thousands of people each year about the wonders of God's principles. My wife and I have enjoyed 30 years of marriage and together we have raised three grown daughters.
Thank you for supporting me. Please feel free to reach out to me if I can help you in any way.
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Do you feel like you’re trying as hard as you can to please your wife, to really make her happy, but you have little to no idea what makes her feel fulfilled and joyful in the marriage? You’re not alone.
Marriages come in all shapes and sizes, indeed no two are alike. And every marriage exists in various stages of success or failure. But marriage principles that were true ages ago are still true today. In his best-selling book, Becoming a Godly Husband, Gil Stieglitz teaches seven principles to help husbands understanding their wives. Using the acronym H.U.S.B.A.N.D., these biblical marriage principles are the very ones set forth in God’s Word and provide the answers men seek about their wives. This book not only tells you what the principles are but how to make them work for you, wherever you are in your marriage.
This book is a culmination of hundreds of hours of counseling, study, and mentoring, and is an invaluable resource to discover the secrets to a successful marriage. You’ll no longer wonder what makes your wife tick and what motivates her, why she thinks and feels the way she does, or what she hopes for in a husband and her marriage. Putting these principles to work will allow you to keep her secure in the relationship, create a sense of teamwork, and nurture her needs. Soon your marriage will grow to a whole new level. Change is possible but first you have to learn what is needed. The practical growth exercises in each chapter will show you what to do.
This material is ideal for any man who wants more for his marriage. Whether you are married, getting married for the first time, or marrying again, put these principles to work and see how God bestows blessing upon blessing on your marriage.
Very few understand that spiritual disciplines are the keys to a deeper, interactive relationship with God in Christ Jesus. The screaming need in Christianity today is for Christians who walk humbly but deeply with God. Many churches major on programs but do not teach deep spirituality. This book is designed to teach the basic spiritual disciplines to everyday Christians so they can enjoy true intimacy with God. Just as we train our physical bodies through exercises, we can train our spiritual life through spiritual exercises too. If you would like to enjoy a close fellowship with God or you want to help others experience deep and lasting spiritual growth, this is a great resource.
Testimonials for practicing the Spiritual Disciplines of a C.H.R.I.S.T.I.A.N.
“I have never sensed the presence of God in my life the way I sense Him now!!!” Businessman
“I am alive to the presence and direction of God in ways that I never dreamed possible.” Executive
“I am a totally different person today than I was six weeks ago. I cannot believe the change. Everybody is beginning to notice that I really am a different person. I would not have believed that it was possible if you had told me. These little spiritual exercises have put me in a totally different place after only six weeks. Everything about my life is now different. It is amazing.” Counselor
Marital Intelligence, subtitled “A foolproof guide for saving and supercharging marriage,” is based on thousands of hours of marital counseling and observation by the author. Stieglitz is a counselor, speaker, mentor, professor, and leadership consultant based in Roseville, Calif. He is currently a professor at Western Seminary, a district superintendent for the Evangelical Free Church of America, and a church consultant for Thriving Churches International. He also directs his own ministry, Principles to Live By.
Stieglitz says there are only five problems in marriage: (1) Ignoring needs; (2) Immature behaviors, (3) Clashing temperaments, (4) Competing relationships, and (5) Past baggage. With each issue, he carefully and consistently lays out biblical teaching on the subject, and then includes helpful anecdotes, solutions, and self-tests to help the reader.
Our hope is that the true power of the wife role will re-emerge as the force God intended. We want to show you how to use the power of this role for God’s glory, for the success of your husband, for the development of your marriage and for meeting your deepest relational needs. God does have a RADICAL plan for wives.
In God’s Radical Plan for Wives, Gil and Dana Stieglitz explain the seven greatest needs of men by applying biblical principles and real-life stories. This book will challenge, convict, and inspire—it’s perfect for individual or group study, especially when paired with God’s Radical Plan for Wives Companion Bible Study. The lessons and exercises in the book will teach you to motivate him to be the best man, husband, and father possible, setting the stage to gently guide and instruct him toward meeting your needs.
For 2,000 years, the Christian church has helped deliver people from spiritual bondage. This book details the six different ways that Christians have dealt with spiritual bondage and deliverance. It shows the biblical techniques and methodologies for bringing the freedom in Christ to a person. If you would like to learn the basic methodologies of deliverance, and more importantly, the specific biblical techniques for releasing people from spiritual bondage, then this is your book.
So many people are looking for help in breaking the bondages in their life. They have gone as far as they can with chemical, psychological, and even substitutionary therapy, and now maybe this bondage they are under has spiritual element. They are probably right. Spiritual bondage is real and can have a huge impact in your life. It makes the desire to do what you know is wrong even stronger -- the devil's favorite trick.
This book helps you understand the ways to apply the power and freedom that is in Christ, delivering you or others you help from the bondage they are tied to.
"... the short and dirty version of what it takes to have a marriage that is so great, other couples will stand up and notice—they might even call it 'ridiculous.'"
It’s no secret that couples in great marriages do things differently than couples in bad ones. But what are those things and how do ordinary couples start doing them? Based on thousands of marriage counseling hours and personal experience, Gil Stieglitz spells out the 15 essential marital habits found in great marriages that aren’t found in doomed ones.
The goal for all married couples is to have a long, happy marriage filled with joy, and for the couple to feel complete, unified, and full of mutual love and respect for one another. In other words, a ridiculously great marriage. The marital and premarital habits in this book will help you get there.
Building a Ridiculously Great Marriage is a real game-changer for premarital couples, struggling couples who want to fix their marriage, people considering remarriage, or couples who want practical marriage help now. It is a terrific resource for pastors, ministry leaders, counselors, and anyone who works with couples for premarital counseling and marriage counseling.
"Dr. Gil Stieglitz is like a Dr. John Gottman of the Christian world. I have seen countless marriages transformed through Dr. Gil’s marital wisdom." —Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Co-author of For Better, For Worse
"In a time where most marriages are barely surviving, Dr. Gil Stieglitz writes Building a Ridiculously Great Marriage to encourage, equip, and motivate couples to build healthy habits and practices that will help them thrive in all aspects of their relationship." — Lisa Thompson, Author of Faith Journey Bible Studies
"It’s easy to get married. It’s not so easy to stay married. Imagine a marriage where there is mutual respect, humility, support, service, and trust. You and I can most certainly achieve this! Building a Ridiculously Great Marriage should be required reading by everyone before AND after they get married." —Dan Chrystal, author of The Lost Art of Relationship
This book provides a systematic approach to answer the questions, “How can I keep more visitors coming to my church?” and, “Why aren’t we able to hang on to them once they come?” Most church leaders struggle with this issue of Keeping Visitors. Visitors assume the church will do the work of connecting them to others and to God, and the church assumes that the visitors will do what it takes to connect until they become a part of the church. In this day and age, this isn’t a reliable strategy, especially for non-Christians, as the church is not the driving force of their lives yet. Churches must think through the steps of welcoming and assimilating visitors into the church in order to maximize it’s potential for Christ.
The process really does work. Churches who have implemented the ideas in Keeping Visitors report significant jumps in their visitor retention rates, one even as high as 93%! It is not personality-driven but reaches out with the love of Christ and welcomes people into a community of faith.
In fact, many parents agree it’s the hardest job they’ve ever had to do. Did you know there are specific reasons why some families do well and others come unglued? For over three decades, Dr. Gil Stieglitz has worked with countless parents and teens involving family issues. He noticed a pattern emerge between families who “did it right” and the absence of that pattern in families who came apart. This book is based on his findings, the six parenting essentials that successful, joy-filled families all seem to have.
Of the six ingredients that need to be intentionally developed to have a family of joy, three have to do with loving your children and three have to do with training them. These are things you may already know about for they have been called by many names: love, value, resources, expectations, habits, and responsibilities. For ease of remembering, we renamed them "The Six R's":
- Relationship (love)
- Respect (value)
- Resources (money and mentoring)
- Rules (expectations)
- Routines (habits)
- Responsibility (correction)
Let's be honest. Biology doesn't mean the joy of family will emerge. Just because people are related does not make them a joyful family. Creating a family of joy takes practice, training, and intentionality so each member feels love, respected, and encouraged. The goal for family should be to want to be together, to foster greatness in each member, and to accomplish something significant for God's glory.
Gil and his wife, Dr. Dana Stieglitz, practiced the Six R's while raising their three daughters. Today, they share an uncommon depth of relationship and joy with each of them. Now they pass this pattern on to you, so you can create a truly enjoyable family of your own.
This is more than just another parenting book—this is a book of hope, a practical guide for success in some of the most difficult parenting areas.
This is a training course from God through Solomon on how to be wise. A TRAINING COURSE IN WISDOM.
God does not give us theories in Scripture. He tells us how to live in a dynamic and restful way (Matthew 11:28-30). The same is true when it comes to God’s Armor revealed in Ephesians 6:10-18, but so often we have missed what God was really saying. We get lost in an analysis of Roman military equipment. There is a subtle danger in associating too closely the spiritual armor with the Roman armor. We can believe that the spiritual weapon will act in the same way and with the same limitations as the Roman pieces of armor. But each of the spiritual pieces of armor is powerful way beyond any comparison to belts, shields, swords, and the like.
This book takes a different approach. We examine what the heroes of the faith (Job, David, Peter, Paul, Moses, etc., and most importantly Jesus) actually did when they encountered the Devil. What they did perfectly matches the pieces of God’s Armor but only after you look past the Roman military metaphor and see the actual spiritual weapon. The heroes of the faith challenged the strategies of the Devil with truth, righteous actions, strategies of peace, God-designed risk, daring ways of escape, whispers of God’s Word, specific prayers, and feedback-corrected actions. And they won over and over again with these simple but powerful spiritual weapons.