I have to throw away a vast significant majority of my books……
some of you may or may not know, when we came to the canyon nearly 4 years ago, we unknowingly moved into a mobile home (the church parsonage) that was filled with toxic mold. we began getting sick right away but had no idea it was the mold. we lived in that situation for a year and half, nearly two years before we realized the house was run over by toxic mold (we did a home test kit (petri-dish) and had it verified by a professional mold remediation specialist). We moved out a few weeks later.
The problem is, mold is microbial and infects anything and everything that is porous. Again, mold is microbial and infects anything and everything that is porous….
Books are porous; paper is porous; anything that is not solid and can be washed and or wiped down with bleach water – has to go….
Therefore, due to the mold, whatever books we had in the old house (we have since had the house replaced. It was too extensive to remediate, and too dangerous) have to go. All of them. All my books accumulated over the years; all my college notes; all my seminary notes; all personal notes or workbooks; ALL OF IT.
Last night, Debbie was reading a book I have, that was in the old house (I tried seeing if I could keep them in boxes until I could know if they were okay, they aren’t) and within minutes she had a pretty severe reaction to the mold from just one little book. It took hours for her to recover, late into the night. It was terrible.
What kinds of books?
Waltke’s OT Theology, which got and have barely been able to get into
Von Rad’s Two in One OT theology
all my NT intros (Johnson, Gundry) and OT Intros…. BAM!
my copy of G.E. Ladd’s NT Theology and his commentary on the Revelation
Gordon Fee’s God’s Empowering Presence; Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God; a copy of How to Read the Bible for All its Worth that Dr Fee himself signed for me years ago – GONE!
Stan Grenz’ Theology for the Community of God and his Primer on Postmodernism, which he singed for me just weeks before his untimely death… GONE.
my copy of millard erickson’s Christian Theology – GONE.
Aland’s Synopisis Quattor Evangelorium which I got at AGTS and may not be able to replace…. GONE.
most all my Greek and Hebrew Language books (Waltke OConner; Wallace, Gesinius; Black’s NT Grammar with lots of notes; Seow’s Hebrew Grammar with tons of notes (that Debbie also used and has better notes because she learned Hebrew from the incomparable Wave Nunnally…. all that)….GONE.
my hard copy of Bauer… that I got before it was as expensive as it is… sure I have it on Bible Works, but still, it was nice to have the hard copy….
my IVP Black dictionaries, my zondervan pictorial dictionary set…GONE.
my copies of Keener’s two volume work on John – this hurts alot…. it was given graciously as a gift.
most all my books on the Holy Spirit I listed….ALL GONE.’
my books on the theology and praxis of missions… GONE.
most of my pastoral theology books (Oden’s pastoral theology)… WHOOSH – in the trash….
various pastoral counseling books that were pretty useful POOF,
my Inductive Study Bible that I did work in a vast majority of with tons and tons of personal observation, interpretation, and application notes…. BAM!!
many that I have gotten but am till working through that are for all intents purposes are BRAND NEW!!
not even sure if I can keep my Hebrew Bible or Greek NT….
all of Debbie’s books, notes, etc.
my copy of Bauckham’s WBC commentary on 2 Peter Jude
my WBC commentaries on the Psalms
the list goes on and on and on…..
All of it. Has. To. Go.
I knew this day was coming and I was trying to avoid it, ignore it, wish it in to non-existence and so on… can’t do that anymore. It is either stay sick and unhealthy or get rid of the books and get healthy again…
such a sad sad day. I am truly being reminded our lives consist not in the abundance of our possessions…. they consist in Christ alone.
many of these books do more than sit on the shelves, they represent some sentimental value – they often represent memories and experiences (even personal life transformations) we may have had when reading them or in the context in which we purchased (or were given) them and read them and so on. It sure is hard to sit here and list the essentials to replace and say goodbye to others that may or may not be replaced.
Thanks for letting me share (and for those who have offered to help replace some of the essentials).