Even though an ordained pastor, John’s career has been filled with diversity. Therapist (with over 50,000 hours in private practice), retired military officer, international stress management consultant and corporate speaker are but a few titles that John can claim. Most recently he added published author when his book, Get a Grip On Depression was released in 2014.
Like many authors, writing did not always come easy for John. For years he was plagued by the voice of his tenth grade English teacher who told him, “Your grammar is horrible. You will be lucky to get out of high school.” This voice in his head held him back for years. Wouldn’t she be surprised to find out that her one-time student holds two Master’s degrees, has one book published and another coming out in September 2017.
John readily admits his grammar is not any better today, but he’s quick to tell you he has friends, friends that are happy to help him overcome his deficiencies. In fact, it was these friends who encouraged him to write.
John attended his first writers conference at Glorietta, NM in 2006. It was there he met fellow writers Ron Benson and Lee Warren. As they tossed around ideas, Ron and Lee affirmed John and his concepts for articles and books. They told him, “You are a writer.” John realized that he was not at this conference by accident. He was there for a reason.
At this same conference, John met editor Ginger Kolbaba. It was with Ginger’s direction that John became serious about his writing. As a result, John had his first paid article published with Focus on the Family. Not a bad start.
When John is not traveling, speaking, or working on a new book, he enjoys photography. You can enjoy some of his favorite photos at www.johnthurmanphotos.com.
John has invested most of his adult life in helping individuals and couples discover and implement practical, biblical strategies that can enrich their lives, improve their personal skills, and enhance their relationships. He is passionate about helping people experience life change. He desires to get the truth of Scripture into a pagan world. He uses his teaching to plant seeds that will start a conversation.
When John attended his first writer’s conference he was very uncomfortable. He felt out of place. Determined to learn all he could, he attended every class, sitting on the front row and taking notes. He left that conference having made some good connections with editors and other writers. “I learned a lot, especially about the business and mechanics of writing,” he said. And he found his voice, his writing voice.
John’s advice to new writers attending a writer’s conference is, “Come with a hungry heart, an attitude to learn, and a teachable spirit. Don’t be shy. Ask questions, lots of questions. Follow up with personal notes. But don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself.”
Join John at the upcoming CLASS Christian Writers Contreat where he will be teaching a workshop on Becoming a Local Expert. This workshop is based on his personal experience as the only male featured writer for Sage Magazine.
To learn more about John his writing and his ministry, visit www.johnthurman.net.