Of making many books

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” Ecclesiastes 12:12-14

I begin this section quoting salient wisdom from the Book of Ecclesiastes to help keep me in my place, along with advice I received a long time ago: to resist exercising delusions of grandeur in expecting lots of people to read my words of wisdom. As folk who follow my writings may have gathered, I love to write (as well as read) and have done so since my youth. As I enter my dotage and am expected to find interests to occupy my time, reading (especially the Bible), including generally taking an interest in what is going on in the world, and writing, came top of that list. Despite my best efforts, I am not a big named author (and don’t expect to be) and the best I can claim is some people, having read what I have written, declared it to be helpful. Most of what I have written (books, articles, leaflets) are no longer available in book form. A lot of what of what I have written over many years is freely available in electronic form from my website: jrbpublications.com. Go to the writing tab for my writings and my blog tab for my (at this time of writing) nearly 1700 blog articles, which I typically add to 3-4 times a week. The following refer to links to my non-blog writings:

community activism

  1. Outside the Camp
  2. Onward and Upward
  3. Theological Musings
  4. Spirituality and Mental Health
  5. The Gay Conundrum

education

  1. A parents guide to the 11 plus

community research

  1. Missing Communities
  2. Faiths and Africa
  3. Southend Mental Health Dictionary
  4. Rough sleeper leaflet: where to go for help if homeless in Southend

church history

  1. Who are the Brethren
  2. The hearts and minds of J.N.Darby and E.B.Pusey
  3. Coleman Street’s Children

Solomon’s Song of Songs

Solomon’s Song of songs – Pure Intimacy is a devotional that is in print and it supersedes:

  1. Fired up
  2. Love as strong as death
  3. Conference paper

Blog e-books

Reflections from Outside the Camp introduces twelve e-collections covering many of my blogs:

  1. Book 1: Homeless reflections
  2. Book 2: Donald J Trump – bad, mad or good?
  3. Book 3: Immigration and Islam
  4. Book 4: Education, education, education
  5. Book 5: Sexual identity and sexual orientation
  6. Book 6: Christianity and community action
  7. Book 7: Political perspectives
  8. Book 8: Israel and the Middle East
  9. Book 9: Biographies, obituaries and tributes
  10. Book 10: Culture Wars
  11. Book 11: Community Matters
  12. Book 12: Personal interests

Future plans

The Bible encourages us to not get carried away concerning what we might do in the future. As for the wherewithal and whether we are still around to implement our plans, it is in the Lord’s hands and the best we can do is make the most of the time we have left, which given my age and condition may not be long. There is a lot of writing projects, and if circumstances were different and I was a lot younger, I might be interested and able to pursue, including under the headings given to some of my writings above, which realistically I do not expect to happen. I intend to make my Solomon’s Song of songs and Outside the Camp available through outlets like Ingram and Amazon, so anyone anywhere can get hold of the books in paper form for themselves. Both will require updating and going to a new edition. The big project, and one that will likely take up most of time in 2021, is to write a new book, which I propose to title Kings and Priests of the Bible. It will be a sequel to, logical continuation of and would complement Prophets of the Bible. I hope too to add to the blogosphere. As they say – watch this space.

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