I would argue that I’m neither a geek or a god. My wife would differ – that is, the part about me not being a geek. I don’t take it personal though. Nor do I consider it demeaning. In fact, I might call it an honor. A geek is defined as one with “eccentric devotion to a particular interest.” Sure, I admit that I fall into this category in one way or another. There is no dishonor there.
I am Geek. There. I said it. But, while you might think me to be a computer or tech or Mac geek, think again. Okay, maybe not again, but think harder. Before I ooh-and-aah at the latest iPhone update, I meditate and tremble before the Lord (Jer. 9:23-24). If I had nothing else but Him, I would have all that I need and my greatest desire.
In some cases, the two run parallel. Not to mean that they compete (because there is no competition), but to mean that I can sometimes delight in both simultaneously. And this is the reason I come to you now. I was recently a guest on the Geeks & God podcast which is aimed at “Helping and encouraging Christian ministries to use technology more effectively in order to spread the Gospel in new and innovative ways.”1
During my interview, I mentioned that I would explain more about the subject in case I was not so clear during the recording. (Trust me, I’m terrible with interviews.) So I plan to elaborate here as well as provide some of my own online resources. Now that my personal motivations and desires are on the table, we can clean it off and start with the topic at hand.
Drum roll please.
Your humble servant would like to introduce to you … The Preacher’s Library.
Sure, those of you who are seasoned Truth411 readers are not surprised at all. I have mentioned the software before. But I suspect that many of you who are reading this are here for the first time. In fact, you were probably steered this way from the Geeks & God web site and are totally new. I welcome you. The drum roll was for you guys.
My introduction above might be the most appropriate introduction for you all. It might only need my typical, social network bio in order to be complete: “Father of three. Husband of one.” That about sums it up. And with that out of the way, let me try to explain what I likely made confusing in the interview.
The Preacher’s Library is free, online personal library software for Christians who wish to easily organize their study.
No, not your office. But your studies themselves. Originally, my idea encompassed more than a personal library as the statement above suggests. My hope is that one day it will be a much more exhaustive tool that Christians use to learn and keep their learnings in a way that will allow them to find them later with ease.
The idea came out of my own need. I am an avid reader and I really learn when I read. On the other hand, I am equally an avid forgetter. I forget what I read and learn. I know that you have had those times when you read something, maybe an poignant statement or a clever argument and you say to yourself, “I need to remember that.” Then, as soon as two days later, you have no idea what it was that you wanted to remember. This is my problem. And The Preacher’s Library was my solution.
Still, as other people used the software, it took on somewhat of a different shape. Some of them wanted to use it as their book loaning software. Others wanted to use it as a virtual rolodex (I picture Albert Mohler’s personal library when I think of that). Others wanted to share with people of similar interests. Each person had a slightly different need. And, wanting to meet their needs, I customized the software to accommodate. And it has been my pleasure.
At the moment, The Preacher’s Library enables you to keep an online listing of your books so that you can manage them and track them in your own location. You can categorize and tag books. You can manage their names, authors, publishers, and more. You can also review and rate them in order to help others make purchasing decisions. You filter and search them. You can add your notes and quotes for later queries. Soon you will be able to syncronize your iBooks and Kindles (notes and titles) and do much more. And in time, it will work like your favorite social network where you can visit with others who are reading the same books as you.
There it is in a nutshell. I did my best to explain. But to be honest, you will not get the full picture until you try it out for yourself. It is free to use and there is no risk. None of your personal information is shared without your consent. So give it a try and let me know what you think. In fact, tell me what you would like to see in it. Maybe I’ll add it in soon!
Here are the links that I promised in the interview:
- The Preacher’s Library (http://thepreacherslibrary.com) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/thepreacherslib)
- Truth411 on Twitter (http://twitter.com/truth411)
- Tried and True: A Study of James (http://thegapchat.com)
- AliasBDI (http://aliasbdi.com) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/aliasbdi)
- DigitalChalk (http://digitalchalk.com)
- Download or Listen to the G&G Interview (http://geeksandgod.com/episode136)
- Geeks & God. “About the Show.” Accessed October 26, 2010. http://geeksandgod.com/about