Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Thanks, Dr. Ferguson

In the course of my study of the book of Jonah, I kept running across references to Sinclair Ferguson's commentary entitled, "Man Overboard."

I've always really enjoyed Sinclair Ferguson's preaching and writing. He's a Scotsman who pastored at St. George's Tron in Glasgow for many years, but is now pastoring the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

I decided to purchase "Man Overboard," only to discover it had been out of print for more than 25 years. Then I decided to try and find a used copy. Surely someone somewhere on the internet would have a used copy for sale. No luck. So then I checked with all my mentors who all value and collect classic commentaries. Nope. Pretty soon, they were all searching for it, too. I had my assistant, Debbie Johnston, start calling some of the great theological bookstores throughout the country. Nothing.

I had kind of given up hope in finding it, when Debbie came to me and said, "I have a surprise for you! I located Sinclair Ferguson on the internet and I took the initiative to email him directly to see if he could help us get a copy of this book. I just received an email from his assistant saying that they'd photocopy the book and send it to you."

I received the book yesterday. How cool is that? Thanks, Debbie. You are amazing. Thanks, Dr. Ferguson. You are so gracious.


Vikki Murray said...

Pastor Tim,
Maybe someone can (with the author's permission) copy your copy, and place it in the Grace Church library (?).

Robbin said...

The internet is amazing, isn't it? You just have to look in the right place. You have a great assistant, Tim. I'm glad you were able to get the book.

Carole said...

I have been searching everywhere (unsuccessfully)for "Man Overboard!" Have you gotten permission from the author to copy it? I would so much like to get a copy.
Thank you for any help.