Thursday, August 16, 2007

Million of thanks for the books

I was in Chiang Mai yesterday for our visa extension. I spent three hours at the immigration office and the rest of the day was spent in the bus, going and coming. Narlin opened my email and called me up about the exciting news of unexpectedly having a library of more than 50 excellent theological books. I was overjoyed; it felt like I won a lottery. Though of course I know beforehand about the initial list I know there will be more surprises.

When Ben informed me about his plan to post a friendly appeal, I thought it was a great idea. But as he said, we never quite imagined that the response from individuals, book sellers, publishers and distributors would be anything like this. It is indeed overwhelming. Apparently, those who got involved saw a real need to provide theological books for me personally and also for the students. These books will be made available for them as well.

The good people from the book sellers and publishers got in touched with me through Ben. Eventually,James introduced me to the good people from TBN and we are looking for ways how to receive a shipment of books for the training center. We still don’t know if it will work, nonetheless, it is great to know the good people behind this ministry.

Since last week, the whole family has been very excited waiting for the postman bringing us boxes of books. My children like the look and smell of newly printed books but I hope that someday they also be reading these excellent books.

There are moments when you receive so much that it makes you feel that words are not enough to express your gratitude. But there are also times when words are all you have to offer. Ben and I want to say a million thanks to those who blessed me with these treasures. To my fellow blogger-readers and Ben’s (who have thousand more readers than mine) who contributed in this endeavor, thanks a lot.

Of course, thank you Ben for making the appeal in my behalf. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Maraming salamat! (Many thanks!)

Ben posted the list of books over at F&T, but it feels good to post it here too.

F&T donations
  • Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction
  • Jürgen Moltmann, In the End – The Beginning
  • Jürgen Moltmann, Jesus Christ for Today’s World
  • David Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
  • Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission
  • Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
  • Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass (eds.), Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, Vol. 1
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, Vol. 2
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology, Vol. 3
  • James D. G. Dunn and Scot McKnight (eds.), The Historical Jesus in Recent Research
  • Ben C. Ollenburger (ed.), Old Testament Theology: Flowering and Future
T&T Clark
  • Iain Taylor, Pannenberg on the Triune God
  • Colin Gunton, The Theologian as Preacher
  • John Webster, Barth (2nd edition)
  • C. F. D. Moule, The Holy Spirit
  • William J. La Due, The Trinity Guide to the Christian Church
  • W. Owen Cole, Six World Faiths

Baker Academic
  • Craig Ott and Harold A. Netland (eds.), Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity
  • Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson and Michael Sleasman (eds.), Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends
  • John McRay, Paul: His Life and Teaching
  • D. A. Carson, How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil
  • Tremper Longman III, Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament)

Cascade Books
  • Jürgen Moltmann, The Politics of Discipleship and the Discipleship of Politics
  • Stanley Hauerwas, Disrupting Time
  • John Howard Yoder, Karl Barth and the Problem of War
  • Thomas Langford, Reflections on Grace
  • Joe R. Jones, Being the Church in Tumultuous Times
  • Christian Kettler, The God Who Believes
  • Caryn Riswold, Two Reformers: Martin Luther and Mary Daly as Political Theologians
  • Walter Brueggemann, Praying the Psalms (2nd edition)

IVP Academic
  • Christopher Wright, The Mission of God
  • John Corrie (ed.), Dictionary of Mission Theology (to be sent when it’s released in November)
  • Donald Bloesch, A Theology of Word and Spirit (Christian Foundations 1)
  • Donald Bloesch, Holy Scripture (Christian Foundations 2)
  • Donald Bloesch, God the Almighty (Christian Foundations 3)
  • Donald Bloesch, Jesus Christ (Christian Foundations 4)
  • Donald Bloesch, The Holy Spirit (Christian Foundations 5)
  • Donald Bloesch, The Church (Christian Foundations 6)
  • Donald Bloesch, The Last Things (Christian Foundations 7)

  • Sabine Dramm, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Introduction to His Thought
  • Gordon D. Fee, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study
  • Brad H. Young, Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus
  • Clayton N. Jefford, The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament
  • Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik, Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries
  • Lee M. McDonald, The Biblical Canon
  • T. A. Perry, The Honeymoon Is Over: Jonah’s Argument with God
  • Marty E. Stevens, Temples, Tithes and Taxes
  • Ritva H. Williams, Stewards, Prophets, and Keepers: Leadership in the Early Church
  • Rekha M. Chennattu, Johannine Discipleship as a Covenant Relationship


The book distributor Koorong also donated a selection of books by various publishers:
  • Kenneth Barker and John Kohlenberger III, Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Old Testament (Zondervan)
  • Kenneth Barker and John Kohlenberger III, Expositor’s Bible Commentary: New Testament (Zondervan)
  • John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Crossway)
  • Peter Barnes, A Study Commentary on Galatians (Evangelical Press)
  • John Stott, Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today (Eerdmans)


jps said...


I'm glad TBN is going to be helping you. They are good people with a heart for helping get good books to those who need them.


Ben Myers said...

Joey, I've been so delighted by this outcome -- what a marvellous collection of books!

Joey said...

Oh, i wonder i haven't reply to this for long.

James, thanks for your kindness and in some ways you had helped. I guess, TBN would really want to be of assistance to us. Glad you informed me about them and their ministry. I just hope, we can find ways to make this book shipments possible.

Ben, Thanks for everything. I'll never have these collection of theological books if not for your thoughtfulness.