While doing most of the research for this book, Jim and Barbara Willis lived for a year and a half in a 30-foot fifth-wheel RV trailer, traveling throughout the Southwest, a mostly pleasant way to envision the final big bang. Jim Willis has served as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ for more than thirty years and wrote, produced, and hosted the “Through the Bible Series,” a daily drive-time radio program. He is an author, musician, college professor, and lecturer, teaching courses in comparative religion and cross-cultural studies. His study of the world’s religions, The Religion Book: Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers, was published in 2004. He also has recorded and produced two albums of gospel music.
Born on the island of Guam in the Marianas islands, Barbara Willis has lived in exotic locales such as St. Croix, Martha’s Vineyard, Italy, and South America, as well as California, Arizona, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various parts of New England. In addition to being well-traveled, she has an extensive history in community theater and has worked in occupations as varied as real estate, newspaper advertising, the restaurant business, and library research.