Stephen Michael Leininger Biography
Stephen Michael Leininger has spent the majority of his adult life working in management positions within companies that manufacture and sell prescription medical devices to doctors prescribing them for their patients. As vice-president of Sales and Marketing, he helped to build the sales of these medical devices to doctors practicing within various health care disciplines. Within a five-year period, that company's sales went from $75,000 per year to $1.5 million. This was accomplished despite a very small marketing budget. He contributed to the development of the very first CAD/CAM system that automated the fabrication of orthopedic devices that were fully customized for each patient. Prior to this accomplishment, the manufacturing process was labor-intensive, involving over 65 steps. Every device was different from any other device that had been or would ever be made. Leininger helped program the expert software system that used "fuzzy-logic" to send the proper cutting path for the CAD/CAM milling machine.
About twenty-five years ago, Leininger found himself increasingly dissatisfied with the work he was doing and disillusioned with corporate life. As he describes it, he found he was increasingly unhappy with the person who stared back at him in the mirror every morning. He didn't like how self-centered he had become. So he choose to undertake a drastic career change. He chose to leave the corporate world entirely. To escape the world where success and power was the end all — be all. He relates how the Holy Spirit-inspired change was a Godsend. His desire for a deeper relationship with God increasingly grew. He insists STOSS would never have discovered if he had not followed the promptings of the Spirit.
During his extensive research, Leininger found that each new TOS discovery contributed to the big picture forming in his mind. At one point he received a flash of insight that changed the entire focus of the book he was writing. So profound was this discovery it struck him with an intellectual lightning bolt. He remembers let out an audible groan. He instantly realized that salt/dust is the answer; understanding its meaning unlocks the door to many mysteries hidden in Scripture (he now has listed thirty-four mysteries of cutting-edge biological science). Suddenly, the big picture had just become much clearer. At the time, he didn't even fully comprehend how dramatically “salt/dust” would change the direction his research and prayers were leading him. He describes how a fire was ignited in his heart. Slowly but surely, pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. As the puzzle became nearer and nearer to completion, an overwhelming sense of awe was experienced at the Power and Goodness of God.
As he began to see the beauty, intricacy, and wisdom of God’s creation and His plans for those whom He loves infinitely. He realized that the Bible is like an ocean; one can stand on the shore looking out and see what seems to be a limitless expanse of water. But we are only seeing its surface. What we are not seeing, however, is the great depths that exist beneath the surface. The words of Scripture are not two-dimensional; they are, in a sense, three-dimensional, containing great depths of Truth for us to explore.
The result of all this is the hermeneutic tool identified as The Science & Theology of Salt in Scripture (STOSS). At STOSS Books, the hope is that you, too, will discover the great depths of knowledge that can be gained by reading more about the TOS. Leininger has been a duly instituted Acolyte/Sub-deacon of the Catholic Church since 2012.