My name is Charles Wagner
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 1970s. When I was a student at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts in the early 80s, I fell in love with the North Shore of Boston. I also met Karen and we became good friends. However, I moved back to Pennsylvania in the winter of 1983-1984. When I told Karen I was getting married, she appropriately said goodbye. I married my first-wife in 1985. We had two wonderful children, Chad and Stephanie. However, my first marriage fell apart in 2004 and I fell into a severe depression that required a weekend's hospitalization. By 2006, I was raising my kids on my own through their high school years.
Looking back, I now know I spent most of my life spiritually and emotionally immature. God lovingly disciplined me over a season of about a dozen years. Grief. Loneliness. Financial struggles. A health crisis. God put the pressure on until I got on my knees and surrendered my life to Him. He overwhelmed me with the love of godly men and women who spoke into my life. I grew leaps and bounds as God opened His Word to me and as I poured out my heart to God in prayer. I was ready for ministry.
In October 2015, Karen contacted me. Though we hadn't communicated in 31 years, our friendship re-kindled literally overnight. Ten months later, I was her husband and the step-father of her two girls, Meredith and Kirsten. I moved back to Massachusetts and into a small home with Karen less than a mile from the ocean. I expressed my thanksgiving to God for all He had done for me, especially giving me a Christ-centered and supportive wife, by writing my two-volume book, Take Every Thought to Prayer. It was published in 2017 and I am aware that it has touched at least a few lives. I'm content with that.
After 18 months in juvenile detention prison ministry, God called me in 2018 into a new ministry. I have joined my in-law's electroplating company, located in the suburbs of Boston, and I'm now considered one of the key leaders to move the company forward. I count it a blessing to have the opportunity to show the love of God to the 50+ employees.
I'm still working on my contribution to the spiritual growth of the church. I pray for the world on this website when I can. Encouraged by close friends, I'm developing a whole new concept for 72stories.com which will be released later this year. I've asked God to use it, or not, as He sees fit.
When I get a free moment, I enjoy caring for people, studying God's Word, reading about history and all kinds of things, becoming a musician (guitar and keyboard), and learning to speak German. Gott war immer gut zu mir, auch in schwierigen Zeiten.
Gramazin is my story and my calling.
January 12, 2019
"What a profound book! It is spot on. I'm thinking of using Take Every Thought to Prayer in our Thursday morning Bible studies. It's the kind of book you read a little every day over the course of a year. I will also say that the Gramazin message about sharing testimonies on the church website also struck me. We've got someone in mind with a wonderful testimony and I'm talking with my web team to begin that process."
A Baptist pastor in Maine, quoted on February 6, 2018
Introducing Take Every Thought to Prayer
Take Every Thought to Prayer puts God at the center of literally everything. With hundreds of prayers about the thoughts and feelings common to the human experience, it will be hard-pressed for the reader not to find in this book prayers that resonate with whatever challenges they are currently facing. This book will be on the shelf of pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders who share it with clients who are seeking the true reasons as to why they are struggling in life. Charles Wagner has weaved the same Biblical theme into just about every prayer, that human beings suffer because they live in rebellion from God. Though the book has a very clear message about confession and repentance, the prayers are compassionate and understanding, speaking lovingly into hundreds of situations in which people suffer. The prayers reflect heartfelt cries to God from those living in the 21st century and convey the wisdom God has taught Charles through his own season of intense adversity.