Michael and Kevin met in 1985 on the campus of Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. Their mutual love of Christ and shared passion for music landed them in a band with fellow singer/songwriter Danny Nicholson. They spent over a decade together, touring the Southeast, recording their music and ministering to young people through their testimony and songs . Needless to say, they probably have more embarrassing stories about each other than either may care to admit.
During those thousands of hours performing and traveling late into the night, they became the best of friends and true brothers. This bond was proven repeatedly, most noticeably when they stood as “Best Man” in each other’s weddings. Then life happened and they eventually followed different paths—careers, families, interests—but their friendship remained unshaken.
Today, they find themselves on the same road once again; a testimony of decades of love, trust and grace found along the journey into
“We invite you to explore, discover and pursue your own unique and personal journey into
The Untamed., and we hope you will be able to share your experience with a trusted friend as well.”
Your fellow travelers,
Michael and Kevin
Michael E. Gunter is an independent writer. A Christian since 1983 and a pastor for twenty, he writes from the depth of experience with a voice of longing to know Christ and walk in His ways. Michael is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He published his first book on the Christian life, A Life Not Wasted, with Gazelle Press in 2005. He is a songwriter, electric guitarist, and author of six novels.
Michael lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Tammi, who is a Director of Nursing with Bon Secours Health System. Their son is a soldier in the United States Army and their daughter is a high school senior.
Kevin B. Jones, a Christian since 1984, followed his passion for business after graduating from Charleston Southern University in 1989.
Jones is the Publisher of two previous magazines. He is currently the Owner and Publisher of Medical Professionals Magazine - Raleigh. Kevin's career spans from Executive Leadership roles throughout the housing industry, President of the SC Football Hall of Fame, Torch Relay Manager for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics & 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Founder and CEO of Hometown Heroes International, and Advisory Board Member for Ruth Graham Ministries,
Residing in Greensboro, NC, Kevin and his wife Betty have three children, Maddi (24), Chase (21), and Abbey (20). He is an avid musician and songwriter, and still tries to find time to pursue his passion for all things outdoors.
Re: Intro and Chapter One
February 17, 2019 at 8:15 A.M.
Good morning my brother,
It is 7:35 A.M. and I have just spent the last 90 minutes reading the Introduction and Chapter One of your book. Yes, that’s a blazing 9 minutes a page. The pages are marked with my notes and reflections as I plowed through the depth of your writing.
In my innocence, maybe arrogance, I heard the words you said when you shared the idea on The Untamed. I heard the weatherman say there would be an overwhelming snowfall overnight. But I did not dress properly for it as I made my way out the door. I wasn’t prepared for the sting my body would feel as I trudged through. I became weary... quickly. In other words, I read about the marathon... I spoke with people who had run marathons. But it was clear in my ache that I was not prepared for the marathon.
I thought I would be able to get through the majority of the chapters today and call you on Monday with some encouraging words of reassurance that you are on the right path. All of that fell to the wayside after a mere 10 pages. I sit here exhausted, somewhere on the path of The Untamed, curled up in a fetal position, praying the air will refill my lungs and my heart will stop pounding in my ears.
I have read other books that you have written and truly loved each one. Coming from a guy that has only read a handful of books cover to cover, that may seem like an underwhelming complement. However, it is important that I write you and share with you how and what I experienced in these first 10 pages.
First, when I have read your books in the past, I hear your voice in my head, reading it to me. I hear your inflections and tone that only decades of familiarity can reproduce. That is not the case with The Untamed.
When I read these words, I heard the voice of God. The words were hard on the surface but were accentuated with the underlying softness and tenderness of grace. It was the voice that should have shamed me for my lack of depth. My eyes well with tears as I am writing this. I am ashamed. I have been stopped dead in my tracks. I am square in the assassin’s crosshairs.
I’m not sure how long it will take me to get through the remaining chapters. I haven’t even gotten to Chapter Two and I am finding myself this morning, facing the question head on... How do I see God?
It is the question that demands my immediate attention yet the discipline to not answer quickly. It is the question that will have profound effect on and in my career, my relationships, and my own personal level of comfort and security.
I tried to call you this morning. My impulsive nature is not flattering in times like these. The phone stopped on the 3rd ring... with the message “call failed”. It forced me to stop and write what I experienced. To try to capture not only the beautiful and majestic surface of the ocean’s wave, but to heed the danger and power of its undertow.
With that, I leave you for now. And will dive into Chapter Two, once I catch my breath. I love you dearly and have never been more proud of who you are and what you mean in this world. You have been trained and are ready for The Untamed. I know it doesn’t mitigate the pain and endurance required for its application to our lives, but I will join you on this journey and walk wherever He leads into The Untamed.
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