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Jerry D. Thomas bio

"To me, the most powerful thing about writing is the chance to take something that is complex or confusing and help people understand it." This philosophy, perhaps fueled by his background in education, is what drives the writing of Jerry D. Thomas, author of more than twenty books.

Jerry started writing for children when his own children (Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jeremy) began to discover the joy of reading. "Living with three kids gave me a daily window into their world, and that's what writing for kids demands - the ability to see the world like a kid does. Or maybe it's a matter of never really growing up!"

After graduating with a degree in theology from Southwestern Adventist University, and a Master's degree in education from Andrews University, Jerry spent several years as a pastor and a teacher.

Today Jerry is vice-president for product development at Pacific Press in Nampa, Idaho. Before this, he was the communication director for the Southwestern Union and the editor of the Record. Jerry is the author of Messiah, the modern language adaptation of The Desire of Ages, Blessings, the modern language adaptation of Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, and many children's books including the Detective Zack series, the Shoebox Kids Bible Stories, and the Great Stories for Kids set. He and his wife Kitty live in Nampa, Idaho, and are the proud grandparents of 1.5 grandchildren.

Printable picture of Jerry D. Thomas (2x3 inches at 300 DPI)