Saturday, July 29, 2006

Friday is for is Saturday

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Five cases of books moved to tables in my study to protect them from water
Photo by Rebecca Ascol

Damage done to our facilities the last two years during hurricane season has left us in a long, ongoing effort to have repairs completed. The roof above my study was damaged and patched and damaged again and repaired again, only to discover more extensive damage upon closer investigation. In God's mysterious providence, two weeks ago, as repairmen began to work on the more extensive problem (replacing a gutter system), they discovered yet more problems. While exlporing ways to address this latest discovery, the workers left the gutter system dismantled and exposed for a couple of hours. In SW Florida during this time of year, that is long enough for several inches of rain to fall...which is exactly what happened.

Though none of my books were damaged when water came into the building (including a small amount into my study), it was judged wise to remove the ones shelved on the outside wall until all repairs are complete. No one knows how long that will be. For now, most of my history, theology pastoral ministry and biography books are spread over 3 tables and my desk in my study. A narrow pathway leads to my chair. Now when I sit at my desk I get the sensation of being in a cave, which according to some, suits my neanderthal ways just fine.


GUNNY said...

There's often talk to try to encourage pastors to stay longer in their positions. For example, Johnny Mac exhorted such by his example and words at the Together for the Gospel Conference.

In my mind, any pastor who thinks through the beating of moving his library will have an added motivation to stay put.

From the looks of that photo, I don't see Tom going anywhere in the near future.

I hope nothing bad happens to that great collection!

scripturesearcher said...

Distinguished Doctor -

Regarding the Friday photo:

I have been there, done that and remember it all.

Several of my better books were lost in our flood several years ago.

Painful but Romans 8:28!!!

Persevere! Press on, caveman!

GUNNY said...

I've been most blessed, I guess. I've never lost any book(s) to the elements, although I have a Greek NT (UBS 4) that has had my coffee spilled on it 3 or 4 times. It no longer closes flat, but at least it gives the impression of some use.

In some ways it reminds me of the frat boys at Texas A&M who would drive daddy's beamer around town dragging along their Redwings to give them their workboots the "worn" look.

It's funny to see my daughter wearing my "Rent a Friend. Join a frat" Aggie t-shirt as a night shirt.

By the way, us Corps guys didn't get along all that well with the frat boys.

I said all that to say this. I pray God's protection on your books, Tom. ; )

Timmy said...


While I don't think I can relate to your experience and being in a cave, I have been through a terrible experience when I lost an estimated $700 worth of books when we moved to Louisville (most reference works and multi-volume sets) during a massive rainstorm. I will never forget sitting on the front steps of my new apartment, realizing what had happened. I am thankful that you books were preserved from any damage. I hope your leaks and structural damage can be fixed soon.

Oh, and I am moving in a couple of months and not looking forward to moving the books. This week I am already starting the tubbing process . . . joy.

Jason Sampler said...


I lost close to $15,000 worth of books when my apartment flooded due to the levee breaks in New Orleans last August. It was the most devestating of all my losses. Binders full of doctoral papers, teaching notes, sermons, various notes taken throughout in class, all gone. Nevertheless, I have found in the last year that God is bigger than books, and though I love to study, books are merely a means to an end (and not the end itself). I am grateful that your library (though not your convenience) was spared. Best wishes, friend.

Jason Sampler

DOGpreacher said...

...and here in North-east Texas we do not remember what a good rain looks, feels, or smells like. It is truly sad to see trees in their prime (oak, pecan, etc.) browning up & dying because of the drought.

I hope that appropriate repairs can be made and dry, unharmed books can be reshelved on the outer wall!

Travis Hilton said...


I feel a kindred spirit on this matter. My church office was slowly flooded for 4 weeks from a water leak we had trouble finding in the wall of my bathroom. Mold began developing on the wall. I was concerned that it might begin to effect my books. Everything had to be removed from my office, repairs made, walls painted and new carpet installed. I'm still attempting to reorganize my materials. Meanwhile, we have had two other water leaks inside and out this summer that have occupied our time (and money).

I empathize with your predicament. I hope things can get back to normal in your study soon.


Ed Pruitt said...


Can you send me your email address? I have a couple of questions and I would like your imput.


Eric M Schumacher said...

That photo looks a lot like my desk and study...without flooding. I guess if the flood waters do come, I'm already prepared.