James A. Harnish is husband to Martha Hayes, father to Carrie Lynn Ferenac (Andy) and Deborah Jeanne LaRoche (Dan), and grandfather to Julia, Alex and Luke Fernenac. A native of Western Pennsylvania, he has lived in Florida for more than forty years and loves the Sunshine State. He and his family are avid fans of the University of Florida Gators. His books emerge out of his relationships with the people the congreagtions he has served as a United Methodist pastor. He is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary with honorary degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary and Bethune-Cookman University. He serves on the Board of Visitors for Duke Divinity School where he also facilitates the Institute of Preaching.