About Jim

James Watkins, hope and humor
I hate bio sheets, so I’m taking a page from the apostle Paul’s in 2 Corinthians:

“Whatever anyone dares to boast about, I dare to boast about it, too. Are they writers? So am I with 20 books and over 2,000 articles. Are they editors? So am I as an editor and editorial director. Are they speakers? So am I. I’ve spoken throughout the United States as well as countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe—in churches, conferences and colleges such as Liberty and Regent Universities. Are they teachers? So am I having taught writing for 15 years at Taylor University.

“But if I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my C in Freshman Composition, hundreds of rejection slips, poor sales figures, clinical depression, mild autism, broken relationships, cancer, four surgeries in three hospitals in two months, and . . . well that’s probably enough. But here’s the point: when I am weak, then I am strong.

“So, that’s all you really need to know. I’m simply Jim, a writer saved by grace.”

If you’re a conference director and you want me for a keynote address, please use the “intro” above. If you need a blurb for your brochure, here are a couple ideas:

      Jim is an award-winning author of over 20 books and 2,000 articles, who has spoken across the United States and overseas. He has served as an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, an editor with the American Bible Society, taught writing at Taylor University for 15 years, and has guest-lectured at Liberty, Regent and other universities. He is currently writing and speaking full-time as well as consulting in book development. His most important roles, however, are being a child of God, husband, dad and “papaw.”

      Jim is a writer saved by grace. That’s what’s most important. Not that his 20 books and over 2,000 articles have won numerous national awards, or that he has worked as a magazine and book editor since his sophomore year in college or even that he taught writing for fifteen years at Taylor University. And it’s really not important that he’s spoken around the world in churches, colleges and conferences. What is important is that he loves God, his family, writing, mentoring writers and Chinese food—in that order.

Well, you get the idea.

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 my introduction above.

I’ve won awards for four of my books (Campus Life “Book of the Year” and “Retailers Choice Award”) and for reporting and editing (five Evangelical Press Association awards), as well as an “Amy” award for writing in the general market. I was also honored with an “Alumnus of the Year in Literature” from Indiana Wesleyan University. (Go Wilcats!)

My 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.

My website has been honored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for its creative Christian message.

I’m 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. I also have a PhD in paralinguistics—but only because a friend bought it as a Christmas gag gift from a diploma mill.

Most important, I’m married to the Rev. Lois who has served as a pastor and chaplain, have two adult children in ministry and five adorable grandchildren.

For even more on moi, visit Infrequently asked questions. (You really need to do something for that insomnia!)

And for official fan photos, visit Press Page.

Last update: January 2018

Photo by Bergamino Photography

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