(He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University and an M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology.)
JOSHUA TONGOL is a young man with an interesting story. He was born with only one hand that he wrestled with for most of his life. For years he went from one healing crusade to another to receive healing, but to no avail. He became utterly disappointed and confused concerning the idea of miracles.
By the age of 17 he began his eight-year tirade against the Christian charismatic movement and, during that period, he considered himself “open but cautious” toward any miraculous claims. (In reality, though, he was “more cautious than open.”)
Then during his college years he was unexpectedly diagnosed with, and suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a herniated disc (sciatica) in his back. He experienced a tremendous amount of physical and emotional pain. And although he desired to be healed, he was still a hardcore critic of faith healing.
However, what was about to happen next changed his life forever.
In 2006, Joshua was challenged by what many would consider to be a modern-day miracle. He was so convinced of its authenticity that he began his own journey into healing—investigating whether or not miracles (and all things paranormal) still occur regularly today. He read every book he could find on the topic and met with different people who operated in these so-called “supernatural gifts.”
Eventually, Joshua began praying for the sick and started seeing results for the very first time—including his own healing from both his GERD and back injury.
In recent years, Joshua discovered the universal power to heal resides in every human being—that it doesn’t belong to just one group, religion, sect, or even to one special person. Instead, the principles of healing are woven into the very fabric of the universe and are available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.
As he often says, “The Universe plays no favorites.”
With his unique and diverse background, Joshua has become a fresh voice for modern-day spirituality. Speaking straight from the heart, he constantly challenges his listeners to think outside the “institutional walls” of religion, asking the hard questions.
Joshua boldly says in public what many people are thinking in private. And his hilarious stories and life-changing insights will inspire those who are dissatisfied with fear-driven religion but believe—deep down—there’s a better message out there for the world to hear.
As a rising thought leader, Joshua is a popular speaker who has spoken to thousands of people throughout the United States and abroad. He frequently speaks on topics such as religion, spirituality, paranormal phenomena, and personal development—offering new paradigms relevant for our day and age.
Josh is the host of The Flipside podcast where he shares hilarious stories, though-provoking questions, and insights about God, philosophy, faith, doubt, healing, pop-culture, and whatever else is on his mind!
He’s also the author of The Secret to Awesomeness and So You Thought You Knew.
He has been interviewed on popular blogs such as The Huffington Post and Examiner.com. He has appeared as a guest on apologetics.com, which is found on the #1 Christian radio station (99.5 KKLA) in Los Angeles. He has been featured on The 700 Club Asia, and also had his personal story written about in Biola University’s The Point magazine.