James Adams, born in 1947, graduated in 1969 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial manufacturing technology. As a senior in college, he was introduced to journal writing for a class assignment and found writing to be satisfying and useful. In 1970, working as a manufacturing engineer in Cincinnati, James was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. During deployment, he wrote extensively of his experiences in Vietnam to friends at home and also created “significant day” journals, describing the details of deployment in a war zone.
Upon being discharged, James dropped out of the workforce to refocus on readjusting to living in America, eventually marrying and returning to the workforce as a manufacturing engineer in an aerospace company from 1973 until 1977. He then dropped out of the workforce again and journaled his experiences as he and his wife explored America in a camper. They eventually settled in Northwest Arkansas as part of the back-to-the-land movement on 25 acres of Ozark woods. James continued his journal writing to document their lifestyle.
In 1981 he returned to working in a factory as a manufacturing engineer, and in 1985 entered a drug rehabilitation center to address a chemical addiction that began in Vietnam. This time James kept a journal of his recovery progress and it was an important component of his 12-step recovery program.
James’ journal writing took a new direction in 1991. After his divorce and while single-parenting his son Andrew, the questions he presented in his writings began to be answered by hearing “undefined voices” who offered wise counsel and insights focused on guiding him through turbulent times.
James remarried in 1997 and continued to journal his day-to-day conversations as well as creating a detailed picture journal describing construction of their mostly off-grid home in Madison County, Arkansas. At this time the journal writing became more and more spiritually focused and became a key factor in James’ spiritual development. When Andrew committed suicide in November 2009, the voices of wisdom continued to support James through his grieving process and continue to guide him on a journey of spiritual awakening.