Nick Harrison is a writer, an editor, a Christian, a family man, and an encourager of those who seek happiness and wholeness in life. He hosts two blogs, one for aspiring and published writers, and one celebrating the Christian life.
Nick is the author of several books, including his popular devotional Magnificent Prayer and his latest devotional One Minute Prayers for Dads. He is also an agent for Wordserve Literary.
A husband, father, and grandfather, Nick lives in Oregon with his wife, Beverly.
You are, or have been, a writer, an editor, and a literary agent. What started you on your journey of words?
I’ve also been a Christian bookstore owner, worked for Waldenbooks, driven a bookmobile for the county library, and owned a children’s bookstore. I think it really all started when my parents gave me The Melted Coins, a Hardy Boys mystery. It was for my eighth birthday. I was bookish from early on.
On your website, you talk about two passions in life. Please explain.
When I became a Christian at age twenty, this newfound relationship with Christ became my number one passion. But books and writing were already passions of mine. I started writing stories as a child and have kept it up to this day, though mostly I write non-fiction now.
The Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
Yes, I’ve had several divine detours. One of the most serious was when I expanded my Christian bookstores too quickly and lost them all in a bankruptcy. It was devastating and took a while to recover. However, God saw what lay beyond that disaster and, like Job, God has more than restored what I lost in terms of occupational satisfaction.
Let’s talk about your new book, One Minute Prayers for Dads (Harvest House, April 2017), released just in time for Father’s Day. Please tell us about it.
Men are busy. They don’t often take the time they should in committing their day and their children to God. One-Minute Prayers for Dads offers what I hope will be a jumpstart for busy men who can begin with the prayers I’ve written and continue on with further prayers of their own. I’ve also just turned in the manuscript for One-Minute Prayers for Husbands and will be working on One-Minute Prayers for Those With Cancer this summer. Both of those books will be published in 2018.