Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James F. Winter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1960 in Hanover, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Hanover, Illinois. I have lived throughout the state which includes Rockford, Peoria, Kewanee, Waterloo, and Morrison, IL. I currently reside in Waterloo, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim is married to his wonderful wife, Aimee, they have three children, Tyler, Mallory, and Zachary. Jim is a twice published author, he is also a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist faith. Jim is an avid photographer and has taken professional pictures for more than 40 years. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring and photographing wilderness areas throughout the United States.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Text from Heaven
ISBN: 1629943533

Tate Publishing. 2014

After being badgered by an unsettling feeling for quite some time, Jim Winter could not determine what it meant. Finally, he decided to consult God through prayer. After waiting two weeks, he had an incredible dream. This dream was unlike any other Jim had ever had: there were no faces, places, or things in this dream, just neatly written words being sent to him as if he were being texted on his phone and the message was coming directly from heaven. The contents of this text were so profound, he was left with no other choice but to begin writing again.

Baptism by Toilet Water
ISBN: 1616639806

Tate Publishing. 2010

Baptism by Toilet Water is Jim Winter's bittersweet memoir documenting the hardship his family endured while, ironically, Jim's grandparents, who exemplified Christian living, were right next door. 'Our home life was the furthest thing from a Christian home, yet our grandparents were the spiritual paragons we so desperately needed. Unfortunately, as long as our father remained in the picture, there was little hope. Our grandparents' home served as a sanctuary, but we were still trapped. We could see paradise from our fence, but at best we could only visit from time to time.' Throughout their tumultuous childhood, the Winter children grappled with this stark contradiction of moral values between their father and grandparents, leading them to ultimately learn that good can come from bad. After high school, Jim leaves his home, believing the worst is behind him. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. As illness and death ravage the family, Jim becomes stricken with grief. Convinced God had forsaken him, Jim becomes tormented by guilt from his past. When it seems like all hope is lost, a series of remarkable events begins to unfold in what can only be described as divine intervention. Through Jim's Baptism by Toilet Water, he comes to realize that Jesus Christ is illuminating the way through it all.

Speaking Engagements

Yes. Just reach me at my email address.