About J. A. Bouma

BestSelling Author

My Story

J. A. Bouma believes nobody should have to read bad religious fiction—whether its cheesy plots with pat answers or misrepresentations of the Christian faith and the Bible. So he wants to do something about it by telling compelling, propulsive stories that thrill as much as inspire, while offering a dose of insight along the way.

As a former congressional staffer and pastor, and bestselling author of over thirty religious fiction and nonfiction books, he blends a love for ideas and adventure, exploration and discovery, thrill and thought. With graduate degrees in Christian thought and the Bible, and armed with a voracious appetite for most mainstream genres, he tells stories you’ll read with abandon and recommend with pride — exploring the tension of faith and doubt, spirituality and culture, belief and practice, and the gritty drama that is our collective pilgrim story.

When not putting fingers to keyboard, he loves vintage jazz vinyl, a glass of Malbec, and an epic read—preferably together. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, two kiddos, and rambunctious boxer-pug-terrier.

Vintage Faith Fiction That Thrills

J. A. Bouma is first and foremost an entertainer, spinning propulsive stories that take readers on an action-packed adventure, delighting and thrilling along the way.

However, these stories are meant to offer a dose of inspiration and information for the journey of faith. They’re definitely not sermons, but you’ll gain a few insights on your adventure!

  • Compelling, propulsive thrill 80% 80%
  • Insight into faith and life 10% 10%
  • Inspiration for the journey 10% 10%

Bestselling Stories

Holy Shroud

An ancient threat. A sacred relic. A belief that hangs in the balance

A Reimagined Faith

What do you do when the faith you grew up with no longer makes sense?

Grail of Power

A mythic grail. A legendary quest. Blood with the power to save.


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Published Books

Happy Readers

Best Sellers



Bouma gives the reader a great thrill ride in its own regard with plenty of twists and turns and some inspiration along the way. Highly recommended!

– Jonathan Barwick, Amazon Reader