Photo for our new book
We have now finished the corrections to the manuscript for our new book and it has been sent on for the type setting.
We made this photo as one to go in our new book “Back To Japan”. Normally I like to wear autumn colours for these types of photos, but since it was Shaun McManus' (the last of the original “Dockers”) retirement game I just had to wear my Dockers shirt for it. We took this photo before the game and now I'm glad that I did wear it for this photo, because it is now also a memory of that great victory in the Western Derby (against the West Coast Eagles).
Cleaning up the manuscript
I'm doing a Nikon and posting to the web a slightly dodgy picture of preproduction page of our soon to be released book. All of the chapters of “Back To Japan” have now been returned from the editor. I am currently about 1/3 of the way through making the corrections to the manuscript. I should have it finished before next week. After that it will be off to typesetter and then to the printer. Hopefully it should ready for sale by mid August.
This book continues on from Ritsuko's first book “Eternity”, the things God has brought us through since then and why we are moving to Japan. It also shares some of the stories of others whose lives were impacted by the first book.
Let Your Light Shine Out
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, King James Bible)"
About a week ago we received word from our friend in Japan that she had found us a house to live in near Kyoto. A couple of days later she phoned back asking if I was interested in working as an English Teacher as there is job going. Over the next couple of days I considered these things prayerfully and together with Ritsuko, we decided that we would take up these offers. Additionally, we felt that we would also help out in our friend's church as they are without a permanent Pastor at the moment.
Just as some people in the Bible erected stone pillars when ever they had some life changing experiences with God. I decided to put some lights up out the front of my house to make a statement that I am willing to make the move to be a light for God in Japan. As I looked the lights shining together in a kind of network, I realised that the more lights that shine together the greater the impact. Over the years God has been continually bringing us to the people who share a similar vision of taking the Gospel to Japan. If we all shine together as a network I believe we can make a difference. I'll be the first to admit that Japan is a hard place to bring the Gospel and that's why it always good to have that network of friends to call on to shine together.
In preparation for our move to Japan, Ritsuko and I are writing a book titled “Back to Japan”. The book is about Ritsuko's spiritual journey since the publication of her last book “Eternity” and why she is moving back to Japan. Now, since we are writing this book we had been doing a lot of print outs on our old bubble jet printer, and it finally died on us a few weeks ago.
On the day that the printer stopped working I received a catalogue mail out from the credit card rewards program. Normally I don't pay much attention to these because I usually exchange the points for department store vouchers or frequent flyer points (or “mileage” as my American friends might call it). However, for some reason I started reading through the catalogue and found that there was a special on a Brother Laser Printer, and I had enough points for it for it. A stroke of providence.
Now that it has arrived and I've set it up, I'm impressed how fast it prints. Unlike the bubble jet which claimed to print 3 pages per minute, but really took like 3 minutes per page! This laser printer actually does print 22 pages per minute as claimed on the box. And no more waiting for the ink to dry too.
Just to let you know we've finished chapter 3 of 5, for this book and we're hoping for a July release date.