Page Summary: This page is an explanation of how I got involved in Christian books after college, my problems and needs for a Christian reference library for my ministry, and how God not only supplied my needs with free books, but also made it such that I can freely offer these books to hundreds and thousands of other Christians.
How and Why I got involved in Christian Books
Part of my personal situation over the years has been problems with financial support. We have just never had that much, and always had much less than other missionaries we know.
But none-the-less, we have not been neglected by the Lord, and I simply cannot complain when God gives me in abundance, and I have an overweight problem. God is good to us in many ways, and always. Many people in Mexico don’t have to eat every day.
The need for reference books for the Ministry
One of the “blessings” of not having so much income has been the “problem” of good religious reference books. In seminary they tell you that you should be investing from $100-$200/month in your ministerial library. Well that was back in 1980-81, and today they are probably saying $400-$500/month. I just didn’t have it, and when the Internet came along, I started searching on it for free books.
TheWord Free Bible Software program
Today I have probably 10,000 Christian books on my hard disk, and I am slowing making them available to other people via my websites and the free Bible software program, TheWord (http://www.theword.net).
I offer my Religious Library free to everbody
I have started a website, twmodules.com for English books, and twmodulos.com for Spanish books. Please visit these websites and download all the good Christian books you want. About 98% are free, and the other 2% are copyrighted books that the program’s software programmer has negotiated rights for. He has this 2% on his website, but I have write-ups and links to where you can pay and download these books. Most of the for pay books are Greek-Hebrew books, and some modern Bible versions like the NIV if you are interested in that. I prefer the King James Bible myself. But Lewis Sperry Chafer’s massive 10 volume Systematic Theology is available for purchase as a premium module (again only 2% of these modules cost anything, but those that do are worth a look). I also have as free downloads other of Chafer’s books, Dispensationalism, Ephesians Doctrinally Considered, Grace, He that is Spiritual, Major Bible Themes, Satan, The Kingdom in History and Prophecy, and True Evangelism, Winning Souls by Prayer.
This has been a blessing for me, because I have solved my need for good Christian reference books, but in doing so, God has also given me a great ministry in helping others in the same situation to have good books at their fingertips.
At present I have about 700 free books on my site for free download. I am working through the thousands I have accumulated, and some are just not very good, others are under copyright, but the vast bulk of them are good books that I can put up for others to use.
Poor third-world preachers using the Free Bible Library
I received an email from a pastor in South Africa (they speak English there) a few years back saying how much he appreciated my website because their preacher boys are very poor. Today most countries have Internet cafes where for a few cents per hour you can use one of their computers and the Internet if you want. In most countries the schools are heavily using the computer for homework and classwork.
As such, he said he can give his students a USB Memory stick, upload the program to that drive, plug it into any computer, and they have an entire seminary library at their fingertips. “What a blessing!” he said. Today we continue to work on more and more books. On a really good week, I can upload around 50 books to the site. This new site has only been up since January of this year. I am transfering all my books from my old site (probably around 400 books) to this one, and adding new books at the same time. So far I am about half way through the old site.
Recognition of what I am doing
It has been surprising to me, but to get listed in Google search is difficult. I have read that in a good small niche market, you can expect to wait 1 year AFTER YOU HAVE A GOOD SITE UP to get on the first 10 pages.
My posts on my website get usually on the first or second page of results within 15 minutes of being posted. Although you would think this is a niche market (this particular Bible program) if you just search for the title of the book, there are hundreds of thousands of sites and pages in Christian bookstore websites with that same book, and I am usually first or second result, and usually always on the first page.
Apparently Google sees this website as an excellent value for people. Please visit the website twmodules.com and recommend it to all your Christian friends and all the people in the ministry you know of as well as pastors and missionaries. If you know of missionaries in Spanish speaking works, please recommend the spanish version of my website, twmodulos.com.
We are here to serve our Lord, not make money, and this part of our ministry has been a great blessing.