This was the second most important thing I have ever done in my life.
I have spent a large part of my adult life trying to heal the pain that has at times has been paralyzing and has not allowed to me to emotionally mature in some areas. I have tried counseling and psychiatry. I did 2 things this weekend that have changed my life. I verified that the boundaries I set with my mother and the forgiveness I gave her prior to the boot camp have released the chains in that area of my life. I also forgave myself. I have written volumes of journals that are actually my conversations with God as well as prayer and studying scripture. Those are all necessary but the boot camp gave me the tools that brought it all together for me.
I have periods in my life where my heart was wide open and my relationship with Christ was tight. I had surrendered my will to His and those were the only periods I experience TRUE peace and joy. However, even during those periods I was unable to totally forgive myself. The Holy Spirit was using me to do the Lord's work. I slowly allowed a wedge to be driven in that relationship and couldn?t find the way back. The boot camp reminded me that I am at my strongest when I am at my weakest.
Brian - Houston, TX
The Marriage Boot Camp trained me about true forgiveness. During the marriage seminar I released guilt and baggage. I opened myself to be vulnerable and trusting.
Shannen Allen, TX
I came bouncing in to the Camp at a 9. I realized how hard I would have to work to get any higher, but was ready and willing to dig and feel and cry and laugh and hug my way to a healthier happier me. I was able to identify a major issue that has been really affecting me that I was oblivious to, and did some major work, but I'm going back. The staff was very generous with their personal time and GENUINE gut level honest support. If instead, it was where to find a million dollars, I could be more enthusiastic about sharing this secret. Don't walk, run. Your future awaits!
Bambi - Hampshire, VT
I attended the Marriage Boot Camp this month (May 2006)and although I gave my sponsor a hard time about "signing me up", I'm so blessed and grateful that I went. Although this is not a "fix-all", it is definitely a tremendous step in the right direction. I came out of the experience with a brand new perspective of who I am and what I have to offer. Thank you so much to the trainers (especially Jennifer and Debbie-yes I forgive you!! HA HA)and volunteers that give of their time to help others. What an awesome God we have!
Jeff - Houston, TX
The Marriage Retreat Boot Camp helped me and myself again. I became lost in the big game of life and it helped me re-focus who I was happy being.
Victoria San Jose, CA
i never thought I would write to you and say thank you for the experience i had last week. I will say that out of all the hard things i had to go through in my life, this was beyond the hardest. I never thought i could get through something like that but i did and i am greatful for it. The trainers were a pain the the rear but were amazing. The people there changed my life and the exercises made me see hings in a different light. i am blessed for being there. THANK YOU
Cindi - Harrisburg, PA
The Marriage Retreat was the most amazing experience of my life!!! I am so sorry that my ex chose not to be a part of this...it would not have saved our marriage, but would have enriched our lives. It did mine and I love be alive and at peace again. May any of you that have doubts...follow you heart, free yourselves and allow our group to sponsor you. God bless!
Andria - Denver, CO
The Marriage Retreat has changed my life and my marriage. I no longer have bitterness or resentment, I feel free to love again. My husband and I never really had an intimate relationship, now we are closer than ever!!
Attending the Life Enrichment Boot Camp, was a wonderful decision which changed my life. I could never have imagined what a few days in Atlanta would do for me. I found it difficult to imagine, as Todd said the first night, that a room of 40 strangers would become as close as we did. There was such a feeling of love and closeness by Saturday afternoon. My trainer, Joel Smith, was very understanding and perceptive of the needs and issues of each of the four attendees in his group. I walked away from that experience with a total sense of freedom and a direction for my future. Keep up the good work!!
Johnny - Dallas
This has been a wonderful time in my life. I was able to get the hurt out of my life. God is truly great and so loving. He had this marriage help planned for my wife and I.
Olga - Milam, Texas
At the Marriage Boot Camp I was able to forgave the person that I thought I would never be able to forgive. Because I did not know how to do it step by step. And...It feels great!, I feel free, full of love and serenity. I was used to live with worry and some resentment towards this person because of his actions. I can't belive how different I see him now. I feel compassion, even love and understanding. I see all people around me with acceptance and some love. And guess what?, It feels great!!!
The most important I learned in the camp was to LOVE MYSELF. The Boot Camp is the best gift I've ever received from a friend.
Paula St. Louis MO
I cannot possibly say enough wonderful things about the Marriage and Life Enrichment Boot Camp. I instigated the decision for my husband and I to go. I was desperate to find something. He was hesitant. We were both scared for different reasons. I know I felt truly broken and defeated. What a difference four days make. At least when it's the right four days. And these were definitely the right four days. I found myself again and most importantly, we found each other. We smiled again, and laughed again and loved again. Most importantly, boot camp gave us both the tools to continue to improve and strengthen our marriage so we can continue to laugh and love together. And the people you meet at boot camp? Unbelievable. They are my family. I trust them with my life. After only four days! I know they have my back and I have theirs. We talk, even if only a brief text message, everyday. I can't thank Todd and his team enough. Thank you for lighting my candle again. I promise to never let it dim ever again! Anyone who's reading this-DO IT! Don't question. Just leap! You won't regret it
Ashley, Roanoke, TX
I am a recent graduate of the Marriage and Life Enrichment Boot Camp. I know how corny it sounds to say this experience changed my life, but it truly did. I was very skeptical going in due to other self improvement strategies I have used in the past but this allowed me to grow and let go of the past. I am happy to say this seminar benefited all 3 of the important relationships I have in life- my relationship with my husband has been renewed; my relationship with God is much deeper and I am learning to appreicate things about myself. I can\'t imagine someone giving 100% to the training and not walking out a changed person. If you have any areas of your life you want to improve, this seminar will give you the tools (how to\'s) to move forward.
Billy, Paris, Texas
Attending the Marriage Boot Camp, Life Enrichment Camp change my life. I went to this camp with expectations of "fixing" my broken marriage, not only did it do exactly that but it helped me with forgiveness, hurt, direction for my life. The staff was very professional and helpful with meeting my needs and pointing out issues I didn't know I was battling. I totally recommend this camp, it's life changing, you will not regret it.
Marie - Houston
The Marriage Boot Camp allowed me to work through problems that I felt so hopeless about in my life. It also allowed me to work on past hurts. I learned how to forgive the people that had hurt me the most. I was even able to let go of my anger. I feel as though I have been healed and set free!
Sandy - Los Angeles, CA
The marriage seminar gave me self confidence, release from guilt and to trust again. I realized I am a worthy person and worthy of a healthy, whole relationship.
Debbie - Winnipeg
I'm very happy and honored to have been part of the Life Enrichment Boot Camp. It has opened my eyes and heart to choose to be to free of my hurt and pain.
Becky - Dallas
The Life Enrichment Bootcamp was an awesome experience. I let go of all the hurt and anger. I learned to take control of my life again through trusting God.
Cristy Harrisburg, PA
At the Life Enrichment Bootcamp I learned that I am a strong and beautiful person that is deserving. It took alot of hard work at the conference to get there.
Rita - Dallas
Wow! This is the greatest gift I gave to myself and my marriage! My husband and I will be eternally grateful for the ministry and dedication given to us to reconcile our marriage.
Members of Calvary Christian Center
Beverly - Winnipeg
God supplied new puzzle pieces for my mission through the marriage seminar. I discovered parts of my life that felt like prisons were really cocoons of growth. I realize I had dealt with forgiveness, but not the grief. This weekend cleared it all!!
Vicki - Dallas, TX
The Marriage Seminar Boot Camp was the greatest experience of my life! It allowed me to let go of so many things from the past. I know that I am a better person due to this experience. I know that my marriage will be so much stronger because of this weekend! Thanks to all of you at Life Enrichment Boot Camp, you have helped me enrich my life in ways I did not think were possible!
Tina, Princeton, Texas
After 10 months of marriage I separated from my husband in December 2008. I then, realized that I was miserable without him also so after 2 months apart we decided to give it another chance. This time was going to be different. We were going to do it right. We would treat each other right, trust and be trust worthy, leave the past in the past and start again. Then, while he was at work on the day we had planned for him to come back home I got a message that the woman he ?wasn?t? having an affair with was pregnant. I was devastated. I gave up, my life wasn?t worth living anymore, I couldn?t get out of bed, I shut all my friends and family out and the only thing keeping suicide from being an option was my children. I came to the realization that no matter how many times we decided to work it out or do it right we couldn?t do it. I was a failure.
I sat down at my computer to start researching divorce recovery information because I knew I would need it as this was my second marriage I came across the Marriage Boot Camp website. I thought I would take the love test just to see what it said about me. I knew there was no way that I could afford the boot camp, that it was probably too far to travel and several months away so looking at that was not a consideration. After I took the test I was really impressed with the answers so I thought I would just search around the site to see if there was anything else I might find useful and I just happen to accidentally click on the boot camp information and it said the next seminar was in 5 days and was only 20 minutes away. I didn?t get excited because I knew I couldn?t afford it as I just lost my job then I saw the little note on the side about the sponsors, but sent an email for information just in case. I couldn?t stop thinking about it? what if there was a way to really save my marriage? I had to know so I called full of skepticism and in the middle of a full on anxiety attack and the voice on the other end of the phone was so warm and everything he said was positive. They would help us. As soon as I hung up I felt like a weight had been lifted off me. This was the answer to all my prayers. I immediately called my husband who wasn?t speaking to me at the time and told him God had put the answer right in front of me. I?m sure he thought I had lost my mind. Maybe I had? but it was my only hope.
I have had so many things in my life that have caused me pain. From the moment I was born and abandoned, then adopted in to a family where physical, emotional and sexual abuse were the experiences of my childhood. I had a failed marriage which I carried so much guilt for breaking up my kids from their father. A now my last shot of love and happiness was slipping out of my hands. I believe in karma and I was so resentful at God because I?ve spent my whole life trying to treat people right, help others, etc. Unselfish acts of kindness were my purpose so what was wrong with me or what had I done to deserve all the abuse, hurt and pain that I had suffered. Obviously I wasn?t the problem, but if I could get my husband there I had hope that he would realize what he was doing to me and take responsibility for his actions and then I would finally be relieved of the suffering he had caused me.
We learned so much and the first and most important was that I was broken too. One miracle for us was that we actually listened to each other. This was a FIRST for us!!! On the way home I found myself making amends to him for not making him feel important in my life and for speaking negatively about him to my friends and family. It never crossed my mind how those actions made him feel, even though, he had told me at least 50 times before. This was a HUGE step for us.
I can say that I feel much calmer as a result of this changed attitude. Before the boot camp, I was irritated and agitated with our situation ALL THE TIME!! Now, I can finally relax because we have been given the tools we need to let go of our baggage, forgive, trust and as a result of that my relationship with God has become much stronger. I realize, though, that we have a lot of work ahead of us before things are totally healed and changes are permanent.
The BEST part was that you provided follow-up steps, an accountability partner, and help if we need it. I was concerned about whether we would be able to stay on the right path.. If we fail, it is only because we fail to follow through on the things we promised to do. To say this has been a life changing event is an understatement. Thank you so much for blessing our life.
Cassandra - Houston, TX
I will have a higher self esteem and confidence about myself. I will be able to go around my family and be able to speak up without feeling like my spirit is being broken. I feel happy and whole since the marriage help at the Boot Camp.
Lori Houston, TX
This Life Enrichment Boot Camp totally changed my life. I went from being a woman full of fear to a woman full of love for myself and others.
Colleen - Atlanta, GA
Having done marriage programs like the Marriage Boot Camp before, I came into it thinking I knew what to expect, maybe a blessing or a new positive outlook. Instead, I got a miracle. For the first time ever, I felt God kiss my face. It was physical and real. I feel a belonging and a peace like none other. I know in my heart that God brought me to the Marriage Retreat to find him again and I am so glad I did. I can't wait until my friends and family attend the Marriage Seminar. I want everyone to feel God's touch like I did.
Debbie - Vancouver
The Marriage Seminar opened me up and helped me see and feel things I haven't felt in a while.
Bonnie, Plano, Texas
Having been in several grief share groups in the last four years, really thought I probably didn't need this boot camp. Boy, was I wrong!! It was a fantastically awesome four days . . . it kicked my butt and was hard work. But I got rid of my old baggage and forgave the one one person that hurt me the most. The feeling was very euphoric. The directors do a wonderful job of walking and talking everyone through the forrest. The music is fabulous. I feel I was given a great gift from God by the friend who sponsored me. I recommend this boot camp to everybody and anybody, no matter where you are in your life.
Lena, Richardson, Texas
I am still on fire from the life enrichment boot camp experience. My life is more positive now that a load has been lifted and I feel a sense of freedom. The forgiveness process was the hardest part for me as my scars were deep within. Now I am able to walk in freedom from that bondage. Such a HUMBLING, DETONATING, AND EXHILARATING EXPERIEINCE I will TREASURE. I will never forget any of trainers; you each touched me in a special way. I came away from the boot camp a free person and tools I could use daily, my back pack tools are: to be a developer, a communicator, an achiever, strive for consistency and always find the positivity in everything. I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
TIP: If I start to feel uneasy about something I write it down on a piece of paper then I burn it, WOW that feels good, cause it is gone...puff.
Chris - Dallas, TX
I attended the Marriage Seminar Boot Camp a couple of weeks ago. I will admit when I attended it I didn't believe I could get anything out of it that I hadn't already heard. What my wife and I found out is we don't treat each other very nice and we never saw it.
This is a wonderful opportunity for any married couple wherever they are at in their marriage to build on the relationship and make it better. For marriages that are in trouble the Boot Camp can bring tremendous healing and a chance to save it.
Lisa & Greg, Titusville, FL
We attended the Atlanta Bootcamp in February 2012, and all we can say is that a miracle happened for us. Our Bootcamp director and staff were amazing! We firmly believe this was the only place where our marriage could be saved and healed. To have gone in on day one with very little hope, to finishing the last day of Bootcamp happier than we have ever been...is still hard to believe. Now two months later, we're just now accepting the fact that it's not a dream - our prayers were answered. We can never thank Todd, David and the Bootcamp staff enough for what they did for us.
Mike - Dallas, TX
The marriage seminar gave me courage, hope and helped me drop some of my baggage. I also forgave God for the sorrow and tragedy in my life.
Diane College Park, GA
I have experience something that I know without a doubt it was God ordained. I went on Wednesday expecting one thing but got something much greater, bigger and better ever. Wednesday I met fifty-nine different people from all walks of life, old, young, broken, despair,finished,last hope/chance, hurting and etc. I was honored to witness true transformations life changes experiences. We laughed, and cried together. By Saturday we was whole, healed, free and completed but most of all we are a family. We are life time friends and family. We met as strangers but now we are here for one another. 🙏🙏👍😘😘👌😄 thank you Jesus!!!
Randy - Frisco, Texas
I was on the brink of a lot of destructive things in my life. The Marriage Boot Camp helped me to love myself and most importantly let go of the past that has held me for the last few years. Member of: Stone Bridge United Methodist Church - Pastor Don Smith
Jeff - Vancouver, BC
The Marriage Seminar Boot Camp should be required in the first year of a couples relationship. I spent my whole life destoring relationships, and not knowing why. This Bootcamp opened my eyes, allowed me to forgive those that had hurt me and gave me the tools to build a long loving relationship with my wife. Thanks David without you my lawyer would be a little richer.
Dan &Jerilyn Greenville, TX
We came to the Marriage Boot Camp to save our marriage and ended up saving ourselves. We were both Christians but had a dark marriage with pain on both sides. Cliff, Jeannie and their staff of facilitators lead us through a journey that week that healed us as individuals so we could give to each other. We carried baggage for over 20 yrs, not knowing how to get rid of it. The landmines in our marriage are gone. I am a forgiven man of all sins without shame and daily peace for the rest of my life. We now have a marriage we always dreamed of having. We have the tools now to go forward into the future. We love our future together.
April, Anderson SC.
Life Enrichment Boot Camp brought to me the healing that I had needed. I am a forever grateful product of sponsorship and wish to pay it forward for others who are struggling with unnecessary baggage and past hurts. Blessed!!
Janet - Los Angeles
The marriage conference did exactly what they said it would do! It enlightened me. I am encouraged and strong.
Rick - Winnipeg
The Marriage Boot Camp taught me to be more patient. The workshops inspired me to keep growing.
Joshua Richmond, IN
This was the best thing that has ever happened to me and my marriage. Not only have I learned how to give forgiveness but also felt that I have a solid purpose in life. This boot camp was a life changer!!
Debbie - Houston, Texas
I have never had an experience like the Boot Camp ... it gave me such a sense of Reality in who I am, what I need, and how to get it! I can honestly say my life is changed as a result of attending. I believe God wanted me to have this experience so I could not only see myself the way he does, but react to myself the way he does (in love). I actually found a realistic purpose for myself ... The interactive exercises & games prove that love requires action ... In pulpits and programs across America, there is way too much "identifying" of problems with no action to resolve and no mention of solution. I am personally tired of hearing "about" the problem .... I need answers with the actions that go with them. I need the power of Christ's answers, actions, and solutions instead of "talk". I got answers and action at Boot Camp! Jesus Christ was very real to me there! Thank you, Jim Carroll, and all Boot Camp Staff! Finally, something real!
Linda - Vancouver
The Marriage Boot Camp helped me open up and get rid of my hurt and to see that I am important and worth loving.
Arnella - Dallas, TX
The Life Enrichment Boot Camp helped me to receive freedom from some things that had been vexing me from my past. I recommend it to everyone.
Kelly Claremore, OK
The Marriage Boot and Life Enrichment Boot Camp was definitely a life changing experience. I feel more confident, capable, open, and honest as a woman! My husband and I both grew as individuals and as a couple! We met so many people! We walked away with so many new friendships! The Boot Camp was one of the best experiences of MY LIFE!
Sharing is not something that I was accustomed to, especially with others I do not know; therefore I was very concerned about attending. However, I was extremely excited as I saw and read other graduates' testimonials. I attended this program and gave my all, shared my all and came away with all the tools. This course was truly life changing for me and others that I will interact with. I highly recommend attending both bootcamps. Trust me, if you give all; you will get all from it.
May-Anne - Atlanta
To sum it all up, The marriage seminar helped me enrich my life in all areas!
Autumn - Dallas
The work shop helped me let go of my baggage and to forgive people that hurt me. The seminar also help me to realize that I had more value than I thought.
Joe&Letty SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS
The boot camp have change are lifes. Today we live happy free from guilt and shame. The boot camp showed us how to forgive, love, enjoy each other were so thankfull for the the couple we met.
Art & Sherry - Dallas
These hours have changed me forever. My relationship with my wife is stronger than ever. I recommend the Life Enrichment Boot Camp conference to anyone who desires a closer & tighter bond with their spouse.
Members of Prestonwood Baptist
Patti - Los Angeles, CA
The Marriage Retreat gave me more self acceptance. I learned to trust God, others and myself.