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Welcome! Grab a cup of over-priced coffee, settle back in a comfortable chair, and pretend you’re browsing my books at Barnes and Nobles. (Put on some New Age music to complete the effect.)

Plus, if you’re not completely satisfied with one of my books or products, I’ll personally buy it back from you regardless of where you purchased it.


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Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language (2016)

The classic devotional by Thomas à Kempis arranged and organized into 90 devotional readings.

The Imitation of Christ is one of the great spiritual works of the Church. More than five hundred years later, it remains not just a classic, but a road map to the life the Lord wants each of us to live.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of New York

About the book
About Thomas à Kempis
Read an excerpt
My exclusive interview with Thomas à Kempis
• Daily quotations: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
The story behind this book

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• Christianbook hardcover eBook
Lifeway


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I Have a Meme! (2016)

The best cartoons of hope and humor—and a few of the worst
One nundred and ninety cartoons address aging, food, government, health, holidays, the Internet, love, marriage, sex, mind fields, parenting, spirituality, weather and writing, with occasional snarky cartoons from “Evil Jim.”

“Milk-out-the-nose funny”
Rhonda Rhea, author, humorist, speaker

“Brilliantly funny, smart”
@prodigaldaughter

“Funny, funny stuff”
Torry Martin, author and actor

“‘Evil Jim’ at his evil-est!”
The Corn Borer Monthly Chronicle

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See the latest on Facebook and Twitter.

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Why? Why questions, wise quotations (2014)

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there sickness and death? Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? Why . .?

For over twenty years, I’ve been collecting quotations that attempt to address those difficult questions. So here are over three thousands years of wisdom: from King David (circa 1000 BC) to modern-day pastors, priests, philosophers, politicians, poets, and ordinary people from around the world.

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Browse excerpts

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Over the Hill—Onto the Mountain Top (2014)

Louise Looney and I refuse to believe we are “over the hill”! We’re continuing to climb higher and higher as we journey with hope and humor. So it was an honor to contribute my one-liners on aging to her warm, witty and wise devotional book for the AARP demographic. I also contributed an Appendix, since people our age don’t have one.

The perfect gift for the seniors in your life!

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Appendix: Ten Wishes on My 50th Birthday
Hope & Humor cartoons on aging

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Amazon (paperback and ebook)


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Jesus: His Life and Lessons (2013)

This user-friendly book arranges His life in chronological order and His teachings by topics, plus a glossary to make it even easier to explore the gospels. No commentary, no doctrinal statements, just 100% Jesus. A perfect gift for anyone seeking to learn more about Jesus. Buy one for yourself and another for a friend.

Foreword by Mary DeMuth

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Introduction
Life: The story of his birth
Life: The story of his death and resurrection
Lessons: On love
• About the translation, World English Bible

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Paper back $14.99
Ebook $4.95


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Squeezing Good Out of Bad (2013)

Life is filled with lemons! So here are top ten ways to squeeze the good out of those life-puckering situations. And James Watkins is a great guide since he’s felt the squeeze of cancer, unemployment, family crises and chronic nose hair. Join him in the journey with humor and hope.

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Table of contents, endorsements
Read an excerpt on pain
Read my interview on the book

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eBook

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• Audio.com Listen to the complete book


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Writing with Banana Peels
Principles, Practices, and Pratfalls of Writing Humor (2011)

“A milk-out-the-nose funny book for both writers and readers”
Rhonda Rhea, author of Amusing Grace and The Purse-uit of Holiness.

I had so much fun teaching “Writing Humor” at Taylor University, that I compiled all my notes (and some of my funniest columns) into a book!

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Table of contents, endorsements
Read an excerpt

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Paperback $14.95
Barnes & Noble Paperback


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Communicate to Change Lives (2007)

“I laughed, I gulped, and I learned as I read Jim’s book. As a writer, speaker, and teacher of writing, Jim knows what he is talking about. Best of all, he knows how to put the teaching at a level that we can easily grasp and apply. Here’s the book that will help you to change lives.”
Roger Palms, Writer, teacher, speaker, former editor of Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine

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Book outline
Read an excerpt: Using Psychological Appeals

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Christian Book Distributors
• Wesleyan Publishing House Paperback eBook
• Buy an older version, The Persuasive Person


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Writers on Writing
Top Christian Authors Share Their Secrets for Getting Published (2005)

“Here’s a terrific smorgasbord about different aspects of the writing business. Whether you want to write magazine articles, devotionals, fiction or nonfiction, humor or screenplays, you will gain a taste of what it takes from someone who practices this particular discipline.”
Terry Whalin, best-selling author

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Seven habits of highly effective writers

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Christian Book Distributors
• Wesleyan Publishing House Paperback eBook


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The Why Files: Are There Really Ghosts?
Questions about angels, the supernatural, and the “Psychic Friends Network” (2000)

". . . a must read for every student and adult who works with them."
Richard Wynn, former president of Youth for Christ

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Are demons, exorcisms real?
Are there really ghosts?
Healing: faith or fake?
Vampires and werewolves are real!

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The Why Files: Is There Really Life After Death?
Questions about school shootings, grief, and coming back as a gerbil (200)

"It fields questions from real kids and answers these questions in realistic and compassionate ways . . . realistic and infused with wit and humor."
Lurlene McDaniel, best-selling author on death issues for teens

Winner of a Campus Life "Book of the Year" award

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Dealing with death and grief
I just want to die [on suicide]

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Death & Beyond (An earlier edition)


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The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?
Questions about love, sex, and a cure for zits (2000)

"Here it is—the absolute truth about sex. If you have some questions you’re afraid to ask, or if you’re carrying around myths instead of facts, this book is for you!"
Susie Shellenberger, Brio magazine

"Helpful . . . straightforward,"
Campus Life magazine.

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Breaking habits before they break you
Breaking up without breaking down
Can I become a virgin again?
Falling in love . . . and getting back up
The hidden habit: masturbation

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Sex Is Not a Four-Letter Word (An earlier edition)
The Teen Sex Survival Manual (An even earlier edition)


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Characters: Comedies and Dramas (1993)

Humorous and witty . . . edifies the Body and glorifies God in an entertaining way.
Creator magazine

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Six of our favorite scripts online
Performance of “Peter and Brother Bob Blessing” (YouTube)

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Get five of our favorites online for a donation
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Should a Christian Wear Purple Sweat Socks?

How to decide what’s right and wrong for you (1987)

"Reading this book will give you principles right from the Bible to help you make a decision. I loved the book! I think you will too!
Keith Drury, author and professor at Indiana Wesleyan University

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God’s will is not lost, for those trying to “find” it

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Devotional Pursuits: Trivia and Truth (1986)

James Watkins has taken several hundred bits of trivia and related them to timeless truth from God’s Word in this unique devotional book. You will learn about self-worth from dwarf throwing. The secret to Christian living through the real story of vampires and learn about God’s peace from The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. And you will find real help in the categories of love, self-worth, emotional ups and downs, spiritual growth, the future, relationships, and more.

Yikes, I can’t believe my very first book from 1986 is still available online! (It’s based on my column that ran for six year in the In Touch teen magazine.)

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