New Memoir Recounts Minister’s 61 Years of Service

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Sam James announces the publication of ‘The Making of a Servant’

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In his new memoir, “The Making of a Servant: Anchored in Vietnam” (published by Archway Publishing), Sam James focuses on the importance of learning to let every experience, no matter how good or devastating, mold life into all it can possibly be. The book is available for purchase at:

Beginning in the small, rural town of Liberty, North Carolina, the book presents the story of the first time James experienced another culture, and how he began to search for his true self-identity and meaning in life as he grew toward maturity. James recounts numerous experiences that inspired him to commit his life to a career in world missions, serving various countries around the world. In total, it shares 61 years of service, including 55 years in overseas, filled with “immeasurable joy, satisfaction, and peace of mind and heart.”

“I want readers to know that serving anywhere brings great joy and satisfaction and that one can survive and thrive in some of the most difficult circumstances,” James says. “I want them to know that living cross-culturally is exciting, challenging, and rewarding when we follow simple principles of adjusting and adopting new cultures and friends. I want them to know that God can take any person from any kind of background, poverty or wealth, urban or rural, small town or metropolis, and mold that life into the vessel that uniquely fits God's purposes.”

“The Making of a Servant”
By Sam James
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480862487
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480862500
E-Book | 318 pages | ISBN 9781480862494
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sam James has been married to Rachel Kerr for 61 years. He graduated from Wake Forest University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity, a Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry with graduate work at Duke University and University of North Carolina. He has executive and senior executive certificates in leadership development from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina; He pastored Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Liberty, North Carolina and planted the Homestead Heights Baptist Church (now The Summit) in Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife were appointed missionaries to Vietnam in March 1962. James for 55 years has served with the International Mission Board in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He has been a pastor, church planter, administrator, professor, and missionary statesman in troubled areas as well as speaker for retreats and conferences in 115 countries. He and his wife are parents of four grown children, two of whom have served overseas as missionaries. James has also written “Servant on the Edge of History.”

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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