During the time of Jesus and of the historical Roman Empire, what would a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike faith and humility required to enter God's kingdom and find true fulfillment.
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."
Books by James M. Becher
I contend that God has several principles, which if followed can lead to success either in business or in life itself, and that although many of these same principles may be found among the motivational speakers and thinkers of today, that they were originally derived from Holy Scripture, whether or not these modern spokespersons are aware of it.