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James L. Ferrell: Mormon Author

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James L. Farrell Mormon Author
Courtesy Deseret News

James L. Ferrell is a bestselling author and managing director of The Arbinger Institute, a management consulting firm and scholarly consortium that specializes in peacemaking for various organizations, families, and individuals. Arbinger was founded by Terry Warner, Ferrell, Duane Boyce, and Paul Smith.

Ferrell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1989 he earned two bachelor’s degrees in economics and philosophy from Brigham Young University. He went on to receive a law degree from Yale Law School and practiced law for three years.

He has authored several books, including The Peacegiver (2004), The Holy Secret (2010), The Hidden Christ: Beneath the Surface of the Old Testament (2012), Falling to Heaven: The Surprising Path to Happiness (2012), and two books for Arbinger, Leadership and Self-Deception (2000) and The Anatomy of Peace (2006). He has taught and advised leaders of corporations, governments, and organizations of all kinds in many countries around the world.

Ferrell and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of five children and live in Kaysville, Utah. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.