There has been so much happening at ‘The Book Room,’ here at particularbaptist.com. So much that there isn’t enough time to settle down into a blow by blow description. All across the library (The Book Room) section of the site there have been improvements, link checks and additions, extra content added, projects completed and others begun. So the best thing to do is pop over to The Book Room and have a look around. Work is continuing at quite a pace, so be sure to check back often for more.
So what are a couple of the highlights?: – ‘The Life of William Farel,’ by Melchior Kirchhoffer, has now been completed and is available via HTML, PDF and on the Scribd platform (accessible via The Book Room). Find this via Church History at The Book Room. – ‘Foxe’s Book of Martyrs,’ by John Foxe is being greatly improved, with a much better second version of the book currently being added to the site. This will also be available in HTML and PDF formats, as well as on the Scribd platform. Find this via Church History at The Book Room. – ‘Memoirs of the Life, Times and Writings of Thomas Boston of Ettrick,’ by Thomas Boston is also currently being added to the site in both HTM and PDF formats, and will also be available on the Scribd platform. Find this via Church History at The Book Room. – There is also a wealth of resources available via the various directories in the church history section of The Book Room (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Thomas Boston, John Bunyan, Richard Sibbes, etc – to name just a few).
So there is plenty happening and plenty to check out at The Book Room
It has been so long since I have been able to work on the site. I have had many plans and wanted to get started again so many times, but ill health has always stalked me and prevented me from doing so. Finally, I have been able to get back to work (and there is plenty to do). Hopefully, Lord willing, I will be able to get a lot done over the next little while. After so long it will take me a while just to get a feel for the work again. Still, I am very keen, indeed beyond keen, to get into the work.
Today, I have done a little tinkering with just a few places, which I won’t bother to link to who here – just simply isn’t a lot that has been done to warrant it. Very soon I hope that will change and that there will be substantial things to add to here. Having been so long, I really need to go over the entire site and there will be some substantial changes, including some removal of content I suspect.
The main place that I have been tinkering today is in the library section of the site and the Bibles page in particular.
I have been doing a bit of work on the ecclesiology section of ‘The Book Room,’ which of course is the library. There is still a little bit of work to do here, but this is progressing well and will be the first part of The Book Room that will be fully functional again. Hopefully this will be reached before the end of this coming week.
After another extended break (thanks to poor health) I have returned to work on the site once again. I have done some work on The Book Room section of the site – though there is still a lot more work to be done. I am working my way through, what I think is probably the most important section of the site, bit by bit and carefully also.
The most significant work that I have completed in The Book Room section of the site would be the ‘John Bunyan Directory.’ All links in this section of The Book Room are now working, though I must emphasis that ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ is the work I am currently working on, so return frequently for updates on that work. Sections are being added to Pilgrim’s Progress as our associated reading group works our way through it.
A lot of work has been completed on ‘The Book Room,’ which is the online library of particularbaptist.com. Most of the infrastructure (the actual web pages) is once again in place. A good number of the pages have had all of the links checked (dates for latest link checking are at the top of the page) and on these pages they all work, with the exception of those resources hosted at particularbaptist.com – these will require a good amount of work to make ready for the site.
Some of the pages that are up (a good number in fact) have yet to have the various links checked or to have the actual page reviewed and/or updated. I thought it would be useful to have the actual pages up regardless, as some of the resources linked to will still be valuable and actually available – even though that will not be the case for all of them. At least the library is finally working again and will continue to improve over time.
I have plans to greatly improve the usefulness of the library, but again, this will be a painstaking and possibly slow process.
Most of the site is now up and working again, though undoubtedly not all of the links are working yet. More content needs to be review and/or updated before becoming available again on the site. I am working on it though. Hopefully there will also be much more new content coming online as well. I’ll continue to work on the site over this holiday weekend and beyond.
The area of the site that will take the most work to update has now been reached. ‘The Book Room,’ which is the library page at particularbaptist.com, is a library of both links to resources around the World Wide Web and online content hosted on our site. I have a lot of work to do to get this valuable resource pool back online and available to our visitors.
I’m not sure when I will have all of this content back online, though I expect the infrastructure of the library will be in place by the end of this weekend. Content hosted at particularbaptist.com will be linked to, though may not be immediately available – as each resource will require considerable work to make it available again. Previously these works were available in HTML – I now hope to have them available in PDF.
The theology section of the site has now been updated, with the exception of ‘The Book Room – Theology Page,’ which is really part of the library section of the site, linked to from the theology page. The library section is my next project and this begins now.
After a lot of work I have the main page of ‘The Book Room’ up and functional at particularbaptist.com. It has taken me two years to get this back up (it used to be simply the library) at least. Not all of the links are working in the directories, but I wanted the links ready to go as the various pages came back online.
I have been uploaded the latest updates on a book I am loading to the particularbaptist.com library site. The book is ‘The History of the English Baptists, from the Reformation to the Beginning of the Reign of King George I – Volume 1,’ by Thomas Crosby.
As visitors to particularbaptist.com will be aware, the Particular Baptist Library site is a library of links to many hundreds of books hosted at particularbaptist.com and from many other sites around the web. It is in effect a ‘links library.’ This sort of a site can be very difficult to maintain, with links being changed regularly and sites disappearing – therefore dead links are are real problem in such a library.
With the revamp of the particularbaptist.com site, I thought it was time for a major revamp of the library as well. The old site will remain as is for the time being – and I expect that that will be quite some time – as the new site is developed. The new site is in fact a wiki site, thereby allowing visitors who are also members of the ‘wiki editing team’ to update the site as they feel necessary. Hopefully, over time, this will allow the library links to stay up to date a lot easier and quicker
than has been the case in the past.
But the library will also be improved through the addition of user generated book reviews. As the library grows, visitors (members of the wiki editing team) will be able to add their own book reviews to each book entry. Each book entry will have a link to the online book and a place for the book to be reviewed. There will also be book entries that have no online link, being essentially a book entry containing a book review/s only. I would expect it to be also possible to provide links to sites
where the book can be purchased.
I am accepting people who want to be part of the ‘wiki editing team’ now and into the future. To be accepted as part of the wiki editing team at Particular Baptist Library, you will need to be a Christian of reformed faith and understanding. Those who are not reformed are asked to not apply for editing privileges, though you are most welcome at the library and I would warmly encourage you to make full use of it. I make no apology for seeking to maintain the site as a reformed library, as keeping with the reformed nature of the particularbaptist.com site and sites.