Hello, my name is Marty Boller. What’s your name?
I’m guessing that we’ve never met, so I want to be very careful here not to be too presumptuous in knowing how and why you are reading these words.
I’m curious how you arrived here? Maybe someone recommended these writings to you? Maybe you’ve been searching on your own? Maybe not?
If fate would ever allow, I would love to sit down with you over a cup of great coffee and hear your personal story. After 60-plus years of coming alongside people, speaking with them about spiritual things, I’ve learned that our Creator never uses a cookie-cutter when making a human being. Every one of us on the planet has a unique story to tell…a unique contribution to our world around us. You see, Fred Rogers, long-time host of the popular children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,on PBS television, was right.
There is no one like you! You are, indeed, very special!
So, before we go any further, let me tell you that your story truly matters to me, and I believe you and your story matters deeply to countless others out there who appreciate you for who you really are!
Secondly, let me say that whatever the reason you have for reading this, I want to express my sincere thanks to you for your willingness to listen to my thoughts. I know, up front, that not everything I say on the following pages will settle equally into your soul, but my hope and prayer is that my words just might encourage you to continue your pursuit of good.
You see, good is something we simply can’t have too much of in this world today.
Do you agree?
And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there is a whole lot of bad going on around us. Do you see it? Have you been around it?
Sadly, bad is part-n-parcel with this world.
Jesus of Nazareth said it well when He stated, “In this world, you will have trouble.” 
But again, I quote Fred Rogers, who gave his TV audience this good advice about how to deal with all the trouble we will encounter in this world…
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.
You see, as long as the world has been around, there’s always been bad in our midst. But the good news is that there have always been helpers out there who work for the good. And over the long run, history shows us that those who work for good will ultimately overcome the bad. Maybe not immediately. But eventually, good will, indeed, win.
So, regardless of how much bad you’ve experienced in your life, how much bad has come your way, or even how much bad you’ve done to others, I believe that good can still overcome bad. Don’t you?
There’s a quote from the Scriptures that’s always stuck with me.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 
In other words, despite all the bad we find in our world, the key thing you and I can do is focus on the good and try our best to be those helpers working toward good.
That’s why I’ve entitled this little series: Our Journey Into Good.
I hope you’ll join me, for goodness sake!
 John 16:33 (NIV)
 Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
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Here’s an index of all eight chapters: