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The Trials and Tribulations of Kittenhood
12/18/2008 - James WhiteI realize I am risking my baby-eating Calvinist image by mentioning this, but we have a new kitten in the White household. A feral kitten--at least in the sense that mother and father cat are wild (won't let us get anywhere NEAR them). But, this kitten (ominously named Darth) is---well, utterly unique. Not only is she the cutest ball of fur I've ever seen, but she is utterly fascinated by people, and loves to be with us. (She is also fascinated by computers---she even managed to change the screen resolution on my daughter's laptop. She will sit and follow the pointer on the screen, or the cursor while you are typing). She has no fear of humans at all. And that's the problem. If you are laying down, she loves to curl up in a ball under your chin, purring madly, and...fall fast asleep. The problem is, she's a furry fuzzball, and you can't sleep with that fur tickling your face. Therefore, I found the following video very appropriate at this time in my family's life:
12/16/2008 - James WhiteAbout four hours ago I posted this link to a "wishlist" of resources, noting that given the economic circumstances of today, some folks who are "project oriented" might find the list useful in supporting our work, and others would just find it humorous to look at a list of what I find to be useful reading. I really did not know what to expect, but I surely did not expect what happened.
I had not counted, but I think there were about ten items on the list when I posted it. In fifteen minutes, there were four. Some of the items, due to their nature (rare books on Islamic history, Qur'anic studies, lexicons, etc.), were over a hundred dollars, one was just under five hundred dollars. Within four hours, all the items originally posted to the list were gone, all ordered.
Now, you will find some items on the list at the moment (I would like to look into at least a video series on the "Parallelomania" that is so common in anti-Christian rhetoric today, hence, I have added works on Mithraism, etc., to bolster my resources in that area), but they were all added later. The original list was gifted within four hours. As of right now, *eighteen* items have been gifted.
May I express my deepest thanks to all those who jumped on that list and purchased those resources? May I say that not only did I never expect that, but that I am deeply humbled that the people of God would be so supportive, so kind toward me? I cannot tell you how encouraging this is (and not just because tomorrow is my birthday, either!). I am reminded yet again that the folks who support our work are self-giving, generous people, and it is a true privilege to be trusted by them in the task of defending the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Once again, my deepest thanks.
For the Project Minded
12/16/2008 - James White
Over the years Rich has mentioned to me that some of our small cadre of supporters are "project oriented." That is, they will mention to Rich, "If you have a special project coming up, let me know." Being the lousy marketers we generally are, that hasn't been too easy for us to follow up on.
Most of you know that I am engaged in studying Islam. It is a huge field, obviously, and resources on the subject are generally very, very pricey. Some great folks have stepped forward and helped get me a good foundational library to work from, but I still run across resources that would be very beneficial in my studies and in preparation for upcoming debates. With the economy the way it is, those resources won't be coming out of the general (and small) budget in the future.
So for those who like the idea of my ploughing through obscure resources and mining the gems for your use, I've put together a "wish list" at Amazon. It contains resources that I would like to add to my library for debate preparation and study. Some are relatively inexpensive---others not so much. So for the two or three folks out there who are "project oriented," there you go. Others might just find the list...interesting. "He reads that kind of stuff? He's odder than I thought." Any and all assistance is most appreciated!