…is that it feels completely normal to do things that some other people might think rather strange. For example, for many years I have been adding to my collection of old missionary biographies and related items. I’ve acquired them from church books sales, charity shops, some very strange second-hand bookshops; I’ve been given some, and some… I don’t know quite where they have come from.
This would be regarded as a bit weird by many people, but I have finally managed to use many of them in one go! It’s – sadly – very exciting for me, not least since I collect a number of things that seem rather pointless to others (including some members of my own household…). Now I have a journal article written that uses a fair number of these books. What is the article about? Funny you should ask – it’s about mission biographies as a genre, and how they were used to create ‘Protestant saints’.
Here’s a small selection of some of my books, including most of the ones that were used: