First, all glory and praise go to God, who through His Son makes all things possible, and gives us the gift of eternal life.
Many thanks go to the great team of people at John Wiley & Sons for their outstanding work on this project. Thanks to Jenny Watson, the acquisitions editor, for offering me the opportunity to work on this book. Also thanks to Tom Dinse, the development editor, for keeping things on track and making this book more presentable. The technical editor, John Kennedy, did an amazing job of double-checking all the work in this book, plus making suggestions to improve the content. Thanks, John, for your hard work and diligence. I would also like to thank Carole McClendon at Waterside Productions, Inc. for arranging this opportunity for me, and for helping out in my writing career.
Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Mike and Joyce Blum, for their dedication and support while raising me, and my wife, Barbara, and daughters, Katie Jane and Jessica, for their love, patience, and understanding, especially while I was writing this book.