Last week we began to list some potential topics for books. I said that this is a golden age for writers, because one can publish things at one’s own expense, for not much cost. Thus anyone who wants to write a book, and is willing to put in the research, the time, and the effort, can do so without needing a publishing house to offer one a contract. The gatekeepers are doomed. We can publish as many good books as we can write. (We can also publish as many bad books as we can write; there is no escaping the need to do things as honestly and well as we can.)
There are lots of topics which need covering. These that I list are just a few that have come to me over the years. If you think about it for a year, you can probably come up with another half dozen needed books. So, begin to write them. Ignore my list, make your own, and then begin to write the books. At three to seven years per project, you can accomplish a lot in a couple of decades. If you don’t do the work, someone else will have to do it. It’s going to get done, one way or another.
‘”For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish.”‘ (Esther 4:14)
Thus spoke Mordecai to Esther. I love the way he said that relief and deliverance are going to come, one way or another. If E. didn’t do the work, someone else would. Same for us. If you and I don’t tell the world important truths, and help rescue Christian civilization, someone else will have to pick up the slack. Relief and deliverance will arise. Will you and I be part of that deliverance, or will we leave the work to more diligent people?
I will continue to make my own list, partly to encourage you, and partly because I need to have a topic to write about every week, and this is one that is fun for me. So, picking up after last week’s #2, I continue with a few more potential book topics.
3/I think we need a revaluation of the career of Winston Churchill. I think he was a disastrous man. I realize that is very much a minority opinion. I am not ready to go into details here, but I will just mention one thing: England entering World War II in order to defend Poland. Really? How did that work out? Where was Poland after World War II? Was it free?
4/Apparently England initiated the terror bombing in World War II. Read Bombing Vindicated by J. M. Spaight (1944). Spaight, high up among the British people running the war effort, was writing to defend the actions of England. The bombing, started by England (he said), worked out great, in his opinion. We are used to thinking that Germany was always to blame for everything bad in the war. Most people who read this blog post will think I’ve stayed out in the sun too long. But do the research yourself. Then write the book. Warning: Bombing Vindicated is currently a hard book to find. But it’s out there. It even went through a stage, a few years ago, when it was not expensive. That’s no longer true, but copies can still be found. That book will be a great starting point for your research.
5/Was Abraham Lincoln one of our greatest presidents? He is considered such, by most people, including by most Christians. But I think that is a very serious error. The South had a right to secede. Abraham Lincoln was the most disastrous man in U.S. history. He helped end the republic and usher in the empire. An honest look at the record of Abraham Lincoln is needed. Granted, there are already beginning to be some books on this topic. I think we need quite a few more. We are not going to be thinking clearly on lots of important issues if we continue to hold up Abraham Lincoln as a hero.
6/Someone needs to write a book showing that libertarianism is a Christian heresy. It uses part of Christianity, and drops the part it doesn’t like. But the part it doesn’t like turns out to be a part that it needs. Like every religion, libertarianism hangs its ideas from sky hooks. But the quality of the sky hooks is crucial. Christianity has the only sky hooks that sustain life in the long run. That is true because the God of the Bible is real. Christians have to live by faith, like everyone, but our faith is based on the truth of God and His truth the Bible. Libertarianism has faulty sky hooks. A book on this topic would surely be helpful. Here is a potential title: The Libertarian Confusion. Such a book can be written in a manner to give libertarianism credit where it deserves credit, as for example its better than average record of defending the free market.
7/We need a biography of Leopold Kohr. He wrote The Breakdown of Nations (1957), a semi-famous book which needs to be famous. In it he shows that smallness is the plan of God, that large countries always, without fail, turn to wrongdoing. “Not the U.S., Leopold! We’ll never go wrong!” Oh yes we will, and we have. His book can be obtained for a reasonable amount at AbeBooks–$7.69 for one edition, slightly more for the superb Green Books edition (shipping included in both cases). He was a very interesting man, and we really need to know more about his life. There is a biography of him–but in German, untranslated into real language. A good start would be for someone to translate that biography into English for us! How is your German?
8/How many sermons have you heard on Joab? Probably none. He was a very unusual person, a murderer, but also someone who occasionally “spoke truth to power” in his dealings with David. The Bible really has a lot to say about Joab, but we almost never hear anything about him from the pulpit. I think a biography on him is needed. It would probably have to be short, since we have only the relatively few Bible passages. But there is probably enough material to permit a full-length book treatment. And his personality is fascinating enough to sustain a complete book.
9/This next book needs a semi-famous editor, and about 50 semi-famous contributors. The title is The Most Disastrous People In U.S. History. I’ve had the idea for this book for a long time. Really, I would edit and publish this one myself–if I were semi-famous. But I’m not, alas. (I’m not complaining. Handsome and wealthy are enough for me.) In this book, about 50 semi-famous people of some branch of the right would give their votes for the ten most disastrous people in U.S. history. They would list them from one to ten. The most disastrous person (#1) would receive 10 points. #2 would receive 9 points. And so on. Each writer would take five to six pages to explain why he voted the way he did. At the end, the semi-famous editor would run the math, and tell us who was voted the most disastrous person in U.S. history. The picture of that person would go on the cover, with perhaps a handful of runners-up surrounding him.
There are lots of semi-famous people whose opinion is worth having. Secure the votes of 50 of them, and we would be certain to have many thought-provoking ideas given us.
The reason this needs a semi-famous editor, is that other semi-famous people would respond to his email or phone call or letter. Of course not every semi-famous person solicited would be willing to submit a chapter, but enough would. If I tried to do this on my own, I would get very little response. But the semi-famous would respond to their semi-famous colleague.
I think this book has tremendous potential for large sales. We are used to having people like Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, shoved down our throats as our greatest presidents. But all three of those people are among the most disastrous figures in our country’s history. And I feel confident that the 50 semi-famous people who wrote their 50 chapters, would nail the carcasses of these destroyers–and many others–to the wall. Which is exactly what is needed. We would be encouraged to see wickedness exposed at last.
The Bible tells us that there will come a time when “No longer will the fool be called noble,/Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.” (Isaiah 32:5) A book such as this would be a step in the right direction–destroyers exposed, rather than celebrated.
I strongly doubt if any semi-famous person will read this blog post. But you may know a semi-famous person who might be interested in heading up such a project. If you do, get in touch with him. Explain my idea. If this interests him, have him get in touch with me. Tell him that I don’t need to be involved.
However, if you are willing to do this book project, even if you are not semi-famous, heaven bless you. I will encourage you and help you. I will give you names of people who would be good people to have write for you. Maybe we can get this done, even if no semi-famous person is willing to be the editor.
Well, that concludes part II of potential topics for books. I hope there will be a part III next week.