Surgery and Summer Reading List

I want to write a post about what I’m reading this summer even if just for me to look back on. Since it’s so short and boring I’ll combine it with what’s going on with surgery.

I’ve mentioned that I’m concentrating on the Old Testament this year. It’s been great. God is showing me a lot of things about how much He hates sin, what He’s willing to do for His people, how much He’s on our side and how He takes it upon Himself to bring us [back] to Him.

My extra reading and working on Greek has been pathetic. I’m sleeping worse and worse and sleeping a lot during the day. I’ve also had a renewed interest in photography and have been spending too much time on that, possibly to get my mind off of things. But I should be reading to do that.

Right now I’m reading Ryken’s Bible Handbook which is excellent. The chapter on Job is worth the whole book. I will be reviewing that and Unburdened, a book about worry, both from Tyndale, sometime this summer, God willing. (Is that a record for number of commas in a sentence?)

However, I will be having surgery on my back this Wednesday the 30th. It’s a double fusion L4 to S1 with laminectomy and removing scar tissue from my last surgery. This is much more major than my previous surgery which was a microdiscectomy. If you’d like to pray for me even just once I’d appreciate it. Please pray for the spiritual stuff as much or more than the physical as I mentioned in the previous post.

I know from last time it’s difficult to read anything that required much concentration when taking pain killers and being in pain, partly because I’m in a state of half sleep most of the time anyway. Being as tired as I normally am, adding medication will make it that much worse.

I’d also like to read and review a small commentary on Haggai Zechariah Malachi from EP Press and read Handbook on the Pentateuch, Creation and Blessing, a commentary on Genesis, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament and a few articles. I probably won’t get all that done this year.

As far as learning Greek, I’d like to get back up to speed on that too. I’ve been keeping up with the vocabulary and I went through the workbook up to this point, but lately I haven’t been moving ahead very much in the Black book.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

13 Responses to “Surgery and Summer Reading List”

  1. 1 Nathan Stitt

    I also really love Ryken’s Handbook. We’ve been using it a bit with two teenage girls that my wife is mentoring (they’re working through the pentateuch at the moment).

    Have been and will continue to pray for you, and especially the surgery this week. Take care!

  2. 2 Nancy

    As you move toward the light of the new day…May our great and glorious God grace you with wisdom, knowledge, understanding, skills in learning, discernment, health, strength and prosperity in all areas of life, spiritually, physically, mentally and financially…for ALL things are possible with God!

    Philippians 4:4-9

  3. 3 Gary Zimmerli

    Jeff, you’re in my prayers, my brother.

    I’ve been dealing with my worst back injury of the past ten years or so, but am able to keep healing up with the aid of chiropractic. This time’s taking a while to heal, though, and it’s making me wonder if back surgery is in my future, too.

    Will continue in prayer.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you for the prayers.

    I hope you don’t have to have surgery Gary.


  5. 5 T.C. R

    Keep you in my prayers, brother.

  6. 6 Nathan Stitt

    So your surgery is still on for tomorrow?

  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    I’m off to surgery now. THank you.

  8. 8 Nathan Stitt

    Alright, we’re praying for you.

  9. 9 matthew

    I hope & pray that things went well with the surgery!

  10. 10 Scripture Zealot

    The first few days after surgery were torture. Between the worst pain I’ve felt in my life, partly because my morphine IV was unknowingly dripping on the floor, being bothered every one to two hours by someone for something, anxiety, heart rate through the roof, pharmacy getting all my other meds wrong, it went just great.

    The doc said the surgery was textbook and he removed a lot of scar tissue which will hopefully help. I’ve started making some progress but it’s still really bad.

    Thank you for asking.

  11. 11 T.C. R

    Thanks for the update, Jeff. Still keeping you in prayer.

  12. 12 Carol Dickinson

    The Dry Fishermen

    Once upon a time
    their was a village
    that was very very hungry

    They all got together 
    and decided
    They needed to go fishing
    for some fish
    so they wouldn’t starve.

    So the men got together
    and they learned all about fishing
    they talked about fishing
    they learned about fishing
    they learned more and more and more about fishing
    but after a while
    there was nothing new to learn
    about fishing

    And… they got bored.

    So they invented new ways to get excited
    about fishing
    they invented neon worms
    orange ones, bright blue ones
    sparkly ones…
    Everyone went … WOW!
    for a little while.

    After many new inventions
    After many new thoughts
    and they had many new thoughts
    even philosophical thoughts
    light hearted thoughts
    symbolic thoughts
    poetic thoughts…
    all about fishing

    They even painted paintings about fishing
    they wrote novels about fishing
    …. though lacking in reality

    Awards were given out
    Prizes were given
    Men were exalted…
    They were very proud!

    In the meantime… 
    the village was getting hungrier and hungrier



    No one had actually gone fishing yet…
    though they knew how… 

    They each said… 
    No I might get wet.
    No I might get dirty.
    No I might smell like fish. 
    No I might prick my finger. 

    You see they had become so use to…
    talking about it…
    that this became the norm… 
    and not to question the norm
    because the norm had been the norm
    for a very long time… the norm.

    Norm norm norm.

    BUT … after a while…

    They all fell asleep… and died

    of starvation. 

    Sadly… They knew how… to live…
    but they refused to follow
    the instructions. 

    Moral… “Faith without Works is Dead.”

  13. 13 Nancy

    I’m sorry that on top of your pain you had to endure less than stellar service from one of the most expensive hotel chains on the planet (Hospital Inn Express)! Guess their service teams were having a few bad days as well…I’m sure the food is/was yummy…*; )

    It’s really good to hear you are making progress!

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