James M. Becher
I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on in 1943, to a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age. I was an avid reader in my youth, especially interested in stories about other time periods and also science fiction. In Jr. High school, I became interested in writing and drama. I wrote several poems, articles and a few short stories, plays and novelettes.
While attending St.Petersburg Jr. College, I won second prize in a short story contest with the Biblical short story, "Beggarman-Thief."
I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970, with a B.A. degree in Bible-literature, and Biblical School of Theology (now Biblical Seminary) in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in 1974 with a M.Div.
I was ordained in November of 1974 and has served as assistant or associate pastor or Bible teacher in several churches. I also served in a foreign student ministry, which is where I met my wife, Berenice from Venezuela. It was there also that I began working on the novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," based on his short story, "Beggarman-Thief." In 1984, my wife and I spent a year and a half in Venezuela, where, while teaching English, I also worked on my second novel, "IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY." Upon returning from Venezuela, I completed and revised my Biblical novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM," which was published by PublishAmerica (now, America Star Books) on September 7th, 2003. I completed and revised "IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY" and it was published in June of 2005. In 2010. I revised and expanded "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM," adding a Part III, and in June 2014 it was split in two, with Parts I&II comprising one book and Part III a separate book.
I have also published, written articles for and edited the bi-weekly ezine, "Inspirational Success Tips." My articles from the ezine now form the major part of my self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom."