Name: Rev James Emmanuel Mutumba
Address: POBox 6333,Kampala,Uganda.
Marital status: Married to Elizabeth Mutumba with
Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Uganda. My mother (RIP) gathered us children at a spot in the moonlight or at the fire side as she cooked supper and told us stories. My siblings and I looked forward to that time enthusiastically. Personally I came to love stories and storytelling.
I loved reading story books especially about the wisdom and craftiness of creature hare right from primary school. In secondary school, Charles Dickens' books like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations raised my reading interest higher. The African Writers Series (Story Teller Chinua Achebe' books, for mention) came next, followed by other novels. Along with story books, I have read quite a lot of history and Christian stuff.
If my interest in reading was not enough to make me a writer, then, I must say my education in communication arts and in theology completed the motivation I needed and additionally made me a Christian writer. The core aim of my writing is to give Christian inspiration to my readers because I believe that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10) and it has a great influence on one’s success in life.
With family and pastoral responsibilities, how do you find the time to write?
The secret is in time management. Having a program and following it as much as possible helps me to be able to write. Moreover, writing takes a lion share of the program. Good enough, my wife and I don’t have small children except when our last born (she is fond of coming home) and the grand children are visiting. Being only the two of us at home most of the time eases time management. My normal program has Monday for rest. Tuesday and again Thursday and Friday are for writing. Wednesday is reserved for pastoral work. Saturday is for recreation, and Sunday for worship and church ministry.
This book defines faith and prayer and their dual nature and function. It also mentions some reasons why God may delay answers to some prayers or even not answer others at all. It is number 4 in the series I have named “King Solomon’s Way.” Books in the series are composed of concise ideas, similar to King Solomon’s proverbs in the Bible that convey truth, exhortation, wisdom, and counsel.
Stand Firm Not to Fall is a book that defines temptation, discusses how temptation develops into sin and how sin grows continually if not renounced. The reader is given tips on how to resist temptation and avoid the afflictions which those who yield to it suffer. Personal integrity is the greatest wish the author has for the reader.
Amazing Grace is #2 in the series named,"King Solomon's Way." The book defines sin and explains who a sinner is. It explains the meaning of God's grace, what it does, and how a person can embrace it. It also gives among other things, flash testimonies of some personalities who embraced grace.
Divine Connection is #1 in the series I have named,"King Solomon's Way" The book is an inspirational self-help material that can motivate a reader to embark on spiritual self-evaluation and self-examination. It attempts to draw a reader nearer to God with a transformed lifestyle for a more functioning relationship with the Creator.