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Finding My Way Home

A Journey to Discover Hope and a Life of Purpose

Foreword by John C. Maxwell

John Houston has spent the past twenty years building for others what he didn’t have for himself growing up: a family home. Today, John is one of Texas’s premier custom home builders. You can’t drive through the Dallas-Fort Worth area without seeing a dozen yard signs proudly presenting “John Houston Custom Homes.” These signs and billboards paint a picture of the kind of home life John would have done anything to have as a child.

Left by his parents to practically raise himself from age eleven, John had to learn far too early how to survive on his own. With no adult supervision, this remarkable young man did the unthinkable: he built a huge business while in elementary school, supported himself financially, graduated high school, met and married the woman of his dreams, exceled in college, and pursued a life of faithful service to the Lord. Along the way, he built several multi-million-dollar businesses that have forever changed his family.

And he isn’t confused for one second about who’s ultimately responsible for his success: God.

In Finding My Way Home, John Houston reflects on a life of trials, hardships, and painful mistakes through the lens of gratitude for God’s enduring faithfulness. He explains, “God created a story with my life that puts a spotlight on His mercy and grace—a story of my anger and His forgiveness; of the broken family I grew up in and His restoration; of my demanding ‘leadership’ as a husband and father and His model for me to lead with love.”

After many years of searching, John found his way home—his true home. Now, he wants to help you do the same.

After facing hardships as a young man that could have permanently derailed his life, John has become a respected and successful business owner who views his companies as a platform to reach people for Christ and support ministries around the world. He is the Founder and CEO of John Houston Custom Homes, a homebuilding company he began in 2004. Since that time, he has started five additional companies which make up the JH Family of Companies including a mortgage company, a land-development company, a title company, an insurance company, and an environmental erosion company.

During his journey of building these businesses, John has stayed true to his core belief of putting God first, family second and work third. This has created a company culture and brand that is excelling at the highest level. When asked how he leads his companies, John says “I make the best business decisions possible with the most talented workforce…unless God specifically leads us in a certain direction.”

He is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and and his favorite, an associate’s degree in Bible. He serves on several local non-profit boards, including his alma mater, and the Oaks Church.

John has been married to the love of his life, Tracy, for more than thirty years, and they are the parents of two young adult kids, Austin and Ashtyn. They live outside of Dallas and enjoy eating a great steak, spending time outdoors, and traveling on adventures together as a family.