Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, and threat to society, offering more hope and humor than you can pack in Santa’s sleigh!

You’ll find 350+ articles on everything from sects to sex. (Scroll down for latest.) Plus, my latest books, free comedy/drama scripts, Jim Talks (Like “Ted Talks” only funnier) and—wait there’s more—writers’ resources

And since it’s the Christmas season, a free gift to you plus two other books to keep Christ in Christmas.

Have a very meaningful Christmas season! (And check out my The Twelve Sites of Christmas)


I hope you enjoy this rendering of the story of Christ’s birth in chronological order from Jesus: His Life and Lessons.

Jesus is God from eternity

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.
The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-5, 14). [Continue reading]

Or if you prefer a more modern version: A Very Twitter Christmas. What if the Christmas story had been tweeted?

For more hope and ho! ho! ho! visit The Twelve Sites of Christmas

If you’re struggling with mental health issues, the Christmas season may not be “the most wonderful time of the year.” So, with apologies to Andy Williams:

It’s the Most Difficult Time of the Year

It’s the most difficult time of the year,
With the hustle and bustle
And gift shopping tussles while feigning good cheer
It’s the most difficult time of the year.

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Not feeling thankful?

November 25th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Have you had one of those years where you’re dreading Thanksgiving? Do you feel you have nothing for which to give thanks? Does the holiday just emphasize your losses? I’ve been there! So here are . . .

Fifty praises between bed and bathroom
Today, I vowed not to ask for anything, but to simply praise God. I found fifty things for which to praise him just between the bed and bathroom:

Top ten reasons to give thanks . . . when you think you don’t have any
10. You have a newspaper (or a mobile device”) in your hand. Thanks to Guttenberg’s press and the World Wide Web you have access to more information today than all previous generations combined.

Thanks for nothing
Little is known of the prophet Habakkuk. except that he lived in the time when Israel was oppressed and many had been taken captive by the Babylonians. There was little reason to give thanks. But, in spite of living in captivity and facing what appears to be a famine, Habakkuk writes, “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord!”

Thanksgiving turkey trivia
Do you enjoy playing “Jeopardy” from your Laz-Z-Boy (“I’ll take ‘Fowl Friends’ for $1,000, Alex”)? Would you like to raise the intellectual level of conversation at Thanksgiving dinner above that of the cranberry sauce? Enjoy my highly educational special report on Melgris Gallopavos.

Thanksgiving cartoons
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and at the archives.

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I’m sure that even Mr. Rogers had one of those days:

      It’s a terrible day in the neighborhood,
      A terrible day for neighbor,
      Won’t you please go, leave me all alone.
      I’ve always wanted to move away to warmer weather,
      I hate this TV house and this stupid sweater.
      So why don’t you go and watch “Power Rangers”
      Play in the street and talk to some strangers?
      Please won’t you go, leave me alone.
      Get off my lawn, my neighbor!

Copyright © 1991 James N. Watkins

If you’re having a terrible day in the neighborhood, please visit my archives for encouragement and entertainment.


Several friends are daily posting one thing for which they are thankful during November. I found 50 things just between the bed and bathroom:

1. God’s protection, providence

2. His love and grace

3. I slept straight through the night

4. No horrible nightmares resulting from real-life trauma

5. I don’t work the night shift

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Photo: Nathan Dumlao

Books make great Christmas gifts, so here are some for everyone on your list.


Books for adults
God, I Don’t Understand: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunshed Evil
Overcoming Fear and Worry
The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language
Intimacy with Christ: Beyond Information and Involvement
Squeezing Good Out of Bad


Books for young adults
The Why Files: Are There Really Ghosts?
The Why Files: Is There Really Life After Death
The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?


Books for communicators
Communicate to Change Lives
Writing with Banana Peels [Writing with humor]

But wait, there’s more . . .
Complete catalog of my books


Whereas November is one of the hardest months for those suffering with mental health issues. (Suicide rates actually increase this month.)

Whereas People love to support and pray for those with cancer,

Resolved mental health issues shall now be referred to as “mind cancer.” Mental illness is an illness!

Help me make November “Mind Cancer Awareness Month.” (Right click on the meme on right, save, and then share.)

Here are some links to previous posts:

Are authors in their “write” mind
Charles Spurgeon’s struggle with depression
Dealing with death and grief
Emotions real but not reality
Hope and help for suicidal thoughts
Hope for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease
Jesus, ADD and me
Mood altering hugs
I’m a mess. You’re a mess. (Audio)
You may depressed if . . .

I am so grateful that God has chosen someone with clinical depression, ADD, OCD and just a touch of ASD to share hope and humor. God’s grace is amazing . . . and ironic!

If you’re struggling with a mental health issue, please seek professional help. There is help and hope!

Overcoming

November 4th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


The apostle Paul calls followers of Jesus overcomers. That English word misses just how overcoming believers are. The Greek is hypernike: super victors. So here are some of my favorite posts on overcoming with super-victory. And check out one of my latest books on overcoming!

Are you listening to Goliath or God?
Feeling inadequate, ill-equipped, in the dark?
Finding still waters in the storm: The Book of Joe
Finely-aged believers
From bad to worse to . . . astonishing
God is never late—but he sure is slow
God is such a drama king
Holy hardships
I’m a giant killer! [Print and audio]
“I’m a mess. You’re a mess.” [Print and podcast]
I’m giving up fear for Lent
It’s Sunday . . . but Jesus is comin’
Keeping your dreams alive
“My God, why have you abandoned me?
My life as a human tether ball
Overcoming fear and worry
Over-the-top victors
“Pressed . . . but not crushed”
Soaring with eagles, walking with emus [Audio]
Turn your “shaft” into a mine
When dreams die
When you don’t “succeed”
You will have trouble

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Here’s my exclusive—and heartbreaking—interview with Barbie when she turned 40.

In 1959, Barbie Millicent Roberts emerged from her bright pink box to become the most popular—and at times controversial—doll in the civilized world.

But this investigative humor columnist has discovered gloom beneath the glamour of Mattel’s money-making miss.

Wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt, Barbie confided, “I’m just so tired of being dolled up all the time. The whole Barbie image is just so plastic.”

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