Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our first Tozer in French!

As you most of you know, we've been translating good Christian literature here from English to French for well over ten years. It has all finished up on one web site or another in an effort to spread the gospel and pertinent Christian teaching to those we love around us, who have never had it.

One of our longest-lasting favorites is A. W. Tozer and one of his books we translated first was called "This World: Playground or Battleground". Well, we've finally got around to printing the whole book (108 pages) and it is now available by clicking here. (We're putting both books at 10€ to adequately cover costs — I never thought publishing would be so expensive. I guess it's the fact of do-it-yourself that makes it pricey.

Anyway, we are very pleased to be able to get this book out — it's a compilation of 42 of his editorials, as a lot of his books are, and well worth reading — if you speak a little French. :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

News from Courtiron

News today was quite varied: I heard the Airbus 380 made it's first flight from Toulouse to New York with over 500 passengers (apparently they bought their tickets by auction!).

Europe woke up to the appointment of two new politicians to represent them at the highest level: someone called Herman van Rompuy will now be our President (starting January 2010) and someone called Catherine Ashton will be in charge of Foreign Affairs — I guess, a sort of Secretary of State or Foreign Minister or something similar.

Well, we'll just have to get to know them as time goes on — no one seems to know who they are, at the moment. As usual, there's a lot of criticism of them and the way they were chosen, but you can probably tell that I'm not concerned much one way or another.

Thirdly, I bought a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau this morning (24-hours late!) called Pisse-Dru which surprised us all at noon. Beaujolais has its good years and its mediocre ones but I was suspecting this was going to be a good one after hearing that they were picking grapes in the Médoc in August — a good two weeks ahead of normal. Sure enough, I'm now starting to hear people compare 2009 with some of the golden years I can remember, like 1982.

Well, this bottle so took me by surprise and was such a pleasant wine that I went out and bought another to share tonight with everyone else who wasn't here at noon.

You may have guessed that I'm referring to Raphael, in particular. He's been gone for two days to Bordeaux to visit a new customer we have acquired down there. I can't give the details here but it is going to entail a lot of work on our part — and they want it done soon!

Another one missing at noon was Jonathan, who's been working every spare minute on his "new" house. He's started logging his progress on his own blog which I've added to the list on the left. You can also go there from here. Raph left early yesterday morning and was back this evening. I drove him to Vaas yesterday and picked him up there again tonight since he traveled down there (4 hours) with Laurent from the mother company.

This afternoon, after picking Christopher up from school, I was greatly surprised by a call from Alan, from Darvell! We had a nice little chat and got caught up on some of our news and the whereabouts of another couple we knew who have moved to London, apparently. It is a great pity that he and Marcelle couldn't have stayed longer than they did, but the Lord knows and we may not have seen the end yet.

Lastly, I must tell you that we sold one book — see my last entry! I had 25 printed up for ourselves and friends but I was very pleased to see an order come in from outside — from a dear brother in Germany we've been corresponding with. He won't be disappointed in the book, that's for sure!

Good night from all of us here. May the Lord Jesus give you his peace.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New book!

Well, it's finally happened: I've published our first book at an online print-on-demand publishing house. This is a project that I've been "working on" for literally years. In fact, it was all but finished (just needed some touch-ups on the layout) exactly a year ago.

It's a book of six great sermons by Tozer that I've transcribed and collected from a series of messages he did in 1957 called "Awake!" so that's the name of the book.

Thanks, Raph, for your help on the cover — and if anyone wants to get themselves a copy, here's where to go. Click on the button below to get one from Lulu, and click on the cover below to go to our French Bible book store and get one from us — a little cheaper plus we'll send you a free CD with the book containing the six sermons in mp3 audio format! We love these sermons and I think you will, too!


Here's what the cover looks like:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back together

A little bit of news. Raph & Camille got back last night around 7 pm to most joyful exclamations from everyone! Raph brought us a bottle of wine — quite unusual really — made in the Isle of Ré of pure Chardonnay. I promptly stuck it in the fridge for later appreciation.

They said they'd had gorgeous weather last Monday (we could see that in the photo) but that it had clouded over afterwards and presented more expected November weather on the Atlantic. Even at this distance inland, our prevailing winds come from the Vendée and the sea.

Don't know if I mentioned before that the Stroms left bright and early last Monday to rejoin Andrew in London on his return from Uganda. We had a lovely visit and they wrote a couple of days ago to say they'd arrived safely and happily.

Catherine has been coming around a lot lately, which is a good sign for her as she really needs stability and godly counsel. She's seems to be drawn to Nat and they spend a fair bit of time together sorting out life's problems.

Jonathan has taken today and tomorrow off work so he can work outside on his new house. He has set himself a big project and has created a blog to keep a track of developments. You can check it out here, if you like.

Finally, here I was waiting for lunch with Amos on one side and Ruben on the other when along came 'Tiney and climbed on my back! (I love it!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Picnic on the way home

Take a look at one of the longest bridges in the country, connecting the island of Ré to the mainland, nearly four kilometres long, it is an impressive construction. The Snoozie's picked a spot in its shadow to make their picnic on the way back home.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

A sunny day on the isle of Ré

This coming Wednesday, of course, is a bank holiday — the last of the year before Christmas. So Raphael, knowing the work load we have planned for the last half of this month (a new client in Bordeaux means he'll have to be gone for a couple of days as he plans the project with them on site) saw those two little work days (today and tomorrow) were getting in the way of a nice little three-day break with his family. So after talking it over with the boss (a very understanding gentleman and a family man himself) and getting his approval, he sprung the idea on his delighted wife and children.

Then after settling their destination as the Vendée, where one of Camille's family has a holiday home on the isle of Ré (pronounced ray), this weekend Raph & Camille left with Christine, David, Susanne, and Amos out for a couple of days to this remote island just off the west coast jutting into the Atlantic.

The Vendée is a three-hour trip from us and its endless sandy beaches are favourites with many — especially those wanting to get away from the crowds while they get a little sun. We reluctantly let them go having made them promise to return with a large brioche de Vendée — a large light loaf of sweet fluffy bread that is a gastronomical trademark of the area.

Now, this morning we just received a note from Raph sending these pictures and saying they've decided to rent bicycles and explore the island.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

He should know

"I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world of their times."

Who said this? The same person also said the following:

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

So who was it that held the public press in such disrepute?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I recently ran across the most amazing web site by which I learned of the existence of groups of educated people that hold a geocentric world-view. I had no more dreamed such a thing existed than I would have believed in a twenty-first century Flat Earth Society.

But these guys are serious. Some of them, scientists, astronomers with Ph.D. after their names who've written books and give lectures. I thought heliocentricity was undisputed. It turns out that both are mere theories because neither can be proven! In order to prove either you need to have an external point of reference that is stable.

More interesting than the mere physics of it, though, are the spiritual implications. Let me quote a couple of people whose thoughts struck me as well-said:

"The story of Christianity tells about a plan of salvation centred upon a particular people and a particular man. As long as someone is thinking in terms of a geocentric universe ... the story has a certain plausibility.

As soon as astronomy changes theories, however, the whole Christian history loses the only setting within which it would make sense. With the solar system no longer the center of anything, imagining that what happens here forms the center of a universal drama becomes simply silly."

(A. J. Burgess)

"We know that the difference between a heliocentric theory and a geocentric theory is one of relative motion only, and that such a difference has no physical significance."
(Sir Fred Hoyle)

"The heliocentric theory, by putting the sun at the center of the universe, ... made man appear to be just one of a possible host of wanderers drifting through a cold sky. It seemed less likely that he was born to live gloriously and to attain paradise upon his death. Less likely, too, was it that he was the object of God's ministrations."
(Morris Kline)

"Much of the history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area—crime, education, housing, race relations—the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them."
(Thomas Sowell)

The thing that staggered me was realizing that both heliocentricity and geocentricity are merely unproven — and unproveable — theories, that must ultimately be accepted by faith alone.

That helped a lot.

If you're interested in further reading on the subject, check out the following web sites:

Besides the link Raph suggested below ( a very good site seems to be:

(Type "the earth is not moving" into your search engine just to see the multitude of web sites that promote this concept, and why. Have fun!)

Sunday, November 01, 2009