I really need to clean out my basement. My dearest friend noted to me upon a recent lament of the trouble I have getting started on this project, “C.A., you’ve been telling me you are going to do that for ten years. It’ll keep for another ten.” And so it goes. I find one excuse after another for not starting; my back aches today; I have a blog to write; I have to fertilize the lawn and I will be too tired after that; there’s going to be a comet tonight; now I will be working for the Census for a couple months; that last one should be good until September!
Another project is to organize my library, or as it currently is called, my stacks of books. Since I could not find a book I was looking for now I have new excuse for not cleaning my basement – I have to find this book, and I may as well get the library organized in order to do so.
Today was going to begin a few blogs on end times, what theologians call “eschatology,” and what the rest of us call, “what in blazes is going to happen!?” But then I went looking for a friend’s book, Zechariah by Dr. Ronald Gifford, and could not find it! (Don’t you just love theologians’ sense of whimsy when they name their books!? 😉 ) This is the same friend who is suspicious of my ability to organize my basement. (Okay, to be fair, the full title of Ron’s book is Zechariah: A Gift of Vision.)
The Gold Mine by Dr. James Christie is what inspired my desire to blog on end times. In a recent email to Jim, I asked for information on how to get more copies of his self-published book: “I just finished reading The Gold Mine again and plan to blog on some of its concepts in coming months. However, I wanted to provide readers with a link to purchase the book, and the only one I could find on Amazon wants $920.99 for the one copy of the first edition available. Any possibility of buying some copies from you for a little less? There are about 10 people to whom I would like to give copies on my dime, but not at $921/copy!“ No lie, that’s how it was listed, but they must have sold that copy to someone who thought it was about how to get rich. How ironic. 😂
Well, The Gold Mine is not available in print, but you can download the pdf of the book here, which Dr. Christie has made available on the tag line, “the more readers, the better.” He simply believes that these ideas need to be noticed, and he told me he has updated some revisions in chapters four and five.
And I am reading Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg which is also about end times, and even though it was written in 2006 and updated in 2008, it still reads like newspaper headlines with what may happen very soon. If you are not into his novels you can skip the first two chapters and start “Connecting the Dots” in chapter three. Rosenberg’s analyses in his blogs are always insightful and captivating to read. (The novels are reeeally good!)
Two other texts on end times are worth mentioning here before I start organizing my library: Approaching Hoofbeats by Billy Graham and The Apocalypse by Joseph A. Seiss. Graham’s text is basically an extension of his mission of evangelism but he provided some easy reading and narrative that informs the reader of possible understanding of part of the book of Revelation. Siess on the other hand is for intense study with careful theological analysis of the last book of the New Testament, not light reading by any stretch. Though my link is to a free pdf of his lectures, you can order a hardcover from Amazon for $948.00 (??Really, does anyone believe this price?)
Well, while you check out these books, I’ll start organizing my library. I just hope I can get this done and the basement cleaned out before it won’t matter any more. And who knew that pdf actually stands for Portable Document Format? Not me, until today.