I hate bio sheets, but they’re a necessary evil to convince a conference director or an audience that this guy is worth listening to, so . . .
James Watkins is an award-winning author and speaker who is 70 years old, although he prefers to think of himself as 30 with 40 years experience. His latest book, If You’re Not Dead, You’re Not Done reveals 10 characteristics that lead to living a life of passion, purpose and pizzaz. He began his career speaking with teenagers, but now provides his hope and humor for senior citizens. The Circle of Life
James in the author of 20 traditionally published books and over 2,500 articles in national magazines, as well as popular speaker across the United States and overseas. Best of all, he has eight adorable grandchildren!
Writers and speakers
Bio 1: Jim is an author of 20 traditionally-published books and over 2,500 articles, a conference speaker and clinically depressed soul who, by God’s grace, writes encouraging and entertaining books, articles and online posts. Isn’t that crazy?!
Bio 2: First and foremost, Jim is a writer saved by grace. Of much lesser importance, he’s the author of 20 traditionally-published books and over 2,500 articles which have won numerous national awards. He has worked as a magazine and book editor since his sophomore year in college and taught writing for fifteen years at Taylor University. Jim has spoken around the world in churches, colleges and conferences. But mostly, writer saved by grace!
Bio 3: Beside being an author and speaker, Jim has worked professionally as a magician, singer/songwriters, editor, delivery truck driver, encyclopedia salesperson, children/youth pastor, hair model, puppeteer, unicycle dare devil, editorial director, professor of writing, and standup comic—which basically means he can’t keep a job!
If you’re conducting a background check—or have a serious case of insomnia—here are some more details, but seriously, I’d love it if you stuck to one of the introductions above.
Four of Jim’s books have won national industry awards (Christianity Today “Book of the Year” award of merit and “Retailers Choice Award”) and for his reporting and editing (five Evangelical Press Association awards), as well as an “Amy” award for writing in the general market. He was also honored with an “Alumnus of the Year in Literature” from Indiana Wesleyan University. (Go Wildcats!)
His articles have been published by Christianity Today, Decision, Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Leadership, Ministry Today, Rev., Today’s Christian Woman, The Upper Room, USAToday, The Whittenberg Door, War Cry and many more.
His website has been honored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for its creative Christian message.
Jim is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (1974) and took post graduate work at Ball State University’s School of Journalism and Purdue University’s School of Communications. He also has a PhD in paraliterature—but only because a friend bought it as a Christmas gag gift from a diploma mill.
Most important, Jim married to the Rev. Lois who has served as a pastor and chaplain, has two adult children in ministry and eight adorable grandchildren.
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Last update: January 2021