Latest news: my book goes to prison! Details below …

I’ve been in the U.S. now for almost two weeks. Not quite halfway through my trip here. I came, again, seeking to replace funds that we’ll lose next month. 80% of our personal funds, to be exact, with only about 1/3 of that having been replaced.

So I’d like to talk to your congregation, your elders, your missions committee about partnering in the gospel. But enough of business.

The missionary retreat and mission forum, both held in Alabama, were great. I’ve been present for both of them since their inception, the retreat four years ago, the forum in its second year. More on those later. Photos from the first I have posted here. Continue reading

My business associate Barbara Ann Oliver emailed me this afternoon that my book CHOOSE! has arrived from the printer today.

Our US representative (Barbara Ann is in Costa Rica right now) told her the book is in perfect condition and looks really good.

I’m anxious to get my hands on it.

Here’s the info that’s being sent out about the book:

CHOOSE! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul is just in time for a great graduation gift, a personal motivator or a group study.

Life is not predetermined nor destined. People have great power in their choices. In almost poetical language, the author hones in on important choices such as contentment, gratitude, failure, health, humor, people, focus and ambition, among others.

For more information, see this PDF file or go to the website:

“Well written, this book encourages and motivates the reader to make wise, scriptural choices in life. A book not easy to put down, it is excellent for the classroom, coffee table or as a gift.” – Glenda Williams, Geneva, Alabama

A short while ago I emailed the manuscript of my speech for the Maywood Missionary Retreat, to be included in the book. I imagine that it will be available online in electronic format as well, perhaps next week. We’ll pass on the word as soon as we know something.

In the meantime, below are the five points I’ll be making from Philippians 1. Continue reading

whittierBack in Nov. 1982, at a book sale in Abilene, Tex., I bought a fascinating little tome, Poems of Whittier. Or as the title page has it: “Poems By John Greenleaf Whittier,” published by Books, Inc., New York & Boston. No date given.

It’s fascinating for two reasons. On the inside front cover (hardback), a decal bears the printed name of the original owner, Patricia Moore, with a poem by children’s author Emilie Poulsson: Continue reading