|Christianbook.com: What inspired you to write a book based on the themes of Dr. Seuss?|
James W. Kemp: Iíve loved Dr. Seussís stories for just about as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I would go to library or bookmobile every week. It seemed like I always ended up with the same book: Horton Hatches the Egg. I remember climbing up on my dadís lap to read it with him time after time. I never grew tired of it.
Christianbook.com: And this fondness for Dr. Seuss has stayed with you?
James W. Kemp: I have referred to Dr. Seuss as my favorite theologian. All the way back in seminary I began preaching sermons based on Dr. Seuss stories. My new book is based in part on sermons I have preached through the years that have to do with themes found in Dr. Seussís stories. Many of his lessons reinforce messages found in Scripture.
Christianbook.com: How has being afflicted with multiple sclerosis changed your life?
James W. Kemp: When I was fresh out of seminary and envisioned what life as United Methodist minister would be, it was nothing like it has turned out. But Iíve adapted, as have many others who must endure ailments such as mine. It helps to be surrounded by friends and family, including my wife and three daughters. For them MS has become another part of who I am, but not the whole picture. I havenít stopped ministering to other people. Itís just taken a different turn.