Thursday, February 19, 2009

“When life gives you lemons…don’t confuse them with hand grenades.”


With that opening point, author James Watkins reveals his unique take on…well, everything in life. In his new book from XarisCom, he turns his humor and his heart to the subject of:


Squeezing Good Out of Bad


“Life is filled with lemons!” he says. “Here are the top ten ways to squeeze the good out of those life-puckering situations.”


James Watkins brings both empathy and experience to the pages. He's known the squeeze of cancer, unemployment, family crises and “chronic nose hair.”


With humor stirred in like a refreshing portion of lemon zest, Watkins tackles tough subjects and leaves his readers grate-ful (sorry for the pun) for his insights.


He says:


When life gives you lemons . . .

10. Don't confuse them with hand grenades (Identify the problem)
9. Check the delivery slip (Determine if it's your problem)
8. Sell them on eBay (Profit from the problem)
7. Paint smiley faces on them (Laugh at the problem)
6. Join a citrus support group (Share your problem)
5. Use as an all-natural, organic astringent (Grow from the problem)
4. Don't shoot the delivery driver (Forgive the problem-maker)
3. Graft to a lime tree for a refreshing, low-calorie soft drink (Take the problem to a higher level)
2. Grow your own orchard (Live a fruitful life despite—or because of—the problem)
1. Give off a refreshing fragrance (Live a lemon-fresh life).


James N. Watkins is a friend and colleague, and an award-winning author of fifteen books and over two thousand articles including a column each issue for Rev. magazine. He serves as an editor with Wesleyan Publishing House and instructor at Taylor University, as well as popular conference speaker. His most important roles, however, are as child of God, husband, dad, and "papaw." Read more than you’d ever want to know


Jim is offering a free electronic copy to anyone who is currently unemployed or disabled. (Details at Web site above.)

For more information, or to purchase a copy (or a bushel) of Squeezing Good Out of Bad, check out



Sara Cox Landolt said...

Don't confuse them with hand grenades! That's a great opener and comparison.

I also like the cover. I'd pick up the book based on it.