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Abusive Father
Sexual Abuse

I’ve lived through all of these. I had to overcome them as I realized that I could have a better future than what my life had dictated. I love sharing my story of experiencing all these things, but more importantly, sharing the steps I took to overcome and leave these events in the past where they belong.

In the past 20+ years, I’ve shared this message with tens of thousands of people to help them change their mindset, overcome their past, and move to their best future. You can count on me to be humorous, interactive, and an engaging speaker, full of insights and stories, and music, and humor, and different characters even.

I have been teaching middle and high school students for more than 20 years. I know their struggles. Their pains. Their insecurities. I was exactly like them. I suffered from “I Can’t” syndrome, but finally found the process to break free. I wish it was just a little magic pill, but it’s not. It’s a process. I’ve helped hundreds on their own journey.

Now I’m a veteran, husband, dad, teacher, musician, author, and grandad! Contact me today and let’s discuss your needs.

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Your NOW Doesn’t Define Your FUTURE (my story of abuse and overcoming a negative mindset; middle/high school)

How Teachers Saved My Life (for those who work with middle/high school)

Dealing with People (training for youth in relationships)

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Quotes from others

“It was such a blessing to have James come and share his story with our College Bible Study group. It is encouraging how God can redeem even the hardest moments of our lives and use that to impact the lives of others. Thank you James for being willing to give of your time to come and share with the students and make a difference.” … Brandon Anderson, DARE Ministries

“Are you seeking an engaging, funny storyteller who will leave your audience wanting more? James Divine is a delightful speaker whose stories leave you feeling as if you’ve always known him. If he has his saxophone, expect a lovely bonus!”— Michelle Mras, Award Winning Inspirational TEDx Speaker, Coach, Author and Podcast Personality,

“During the COVID-19 pandemic we had James Divine speak at our online chapel service via zoom. I was impressed that even though his message was aimed at our students it really resonated with me as well and encouraged me to trust God more deeply. We had a wide range of ages there from elementary to high school. In spite of that, James did an excellent job of making it relatable for all ages. At the end he played one of his original saxophone pieces. It was delightful and relaxing to hear him play, giving us a chance to reflect on the message and God’s word.” –Johanna Caron, Teacher, RCE International School, Philippines

“James Divine is an amazing speaker. He is funny, humorous and quite a delight to watch! If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, do so! If you ever get a chance to hire him, grab the chance, you won’t be sorry!

James Divine was the lunchtime keynote speaker for my Be Authentically U event on September 7th 2019 and he did not disappoint! All eyes were on him, I did not see one person looking at their phone as he had captured their attention with his Italian stories and costumes weaving in various characters from his life. By the end of his speech our bellies were hurting from laughing so hard and our hearts were touched!” — Trisha Trixie, Greenwood Village Colorado, Faith-based Empowerment Specialist, www.Trishatrixie.Com