After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Jim Willis became a high school band and orchestra teacher during the week, a symphony trombonist on the weekends, a jazz musician at night and a choral conductor on Sunday mornings. The author of nine books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. His teaching career produced both the comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of religion, The Religion Book, and Armageddon Now: The End of the World A to Z, written with his wife, Barbara. Both were published by Visible Ink Press. Concern for spiritual growth in contemporary society prompted his book Faith, Trust & Belief: A Trilogy of the Spirit, while his love for long-distance bicycling led him to make several cross-country bike trips and inspired his first book, Journey Home: The Inner Life of a Long Distance Bicycle Rider and its sequel, Snapshots and Visions: A View from the Now. Savannah: A Bicycle Journey Through Time and Space continued in that tradition. His current residence in the woods of South Carolina inspired his books, The Dragon Awakes: Rediscovering Earth Energy in the Age Of Science, Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths and the Conspiracy of Silence, and Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths.