Christmas Letter 2021: Part 2--My Education

Happy Christmas and Advent Greetings!

Education reflections: My education is a very interesting topic of discussion, because it is a very complex situation. I graduated with my BA in Classical Humanities aka Classics aka Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations on the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2015 from The Ohio States University. I have been working part-time on my MA in Ancient and Classical History from American Military University since June 2016 and I technically have one class left. I technically just need to take my Master’s Thesis class, but, sadly, my thesis proposal was unfortunately rejected by two of the professors at AMU. My thesis proposal was about the Lutheran understanding of Holy Baptism being the most Biblical and historically accurate. This rejection was unfortunate, but I should be able to use this thesis in one of the classes at The American Lutheran Theological Seminary (ALTS), which I was accepted to last year, at some point.

Let us read 2 Timothy 3:10-17:

"10 But thou hast fully known my Doctrine, manner of life, purpose, Faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all, that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things, which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of Whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, Which are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through Faith, Which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (KJV 1611).

OIL PRESS CHRISTMAS SALE at JFC and The MENAGERIE: I'm putting copies of my Christian Romance Novel and First Book The Ten Year Anniversary Edition of "The Adventures of Richard McMurphy" and my First History Book "Martin Luther, William Tyndale, James Ussher, and their Work in Classics" on sale 20% off of their price of $20 all month long in December 2021, so you will pay $16 plus tax at BOTH JFC and The Menagerie both in St. Marys, Ohio. This OIL Press Christmas Sale is exclusive to JFC and to The Menagerie and/or directly through me (567) 712-8026, if you have exact change or if you pay with card or if you get $4 in used books as well. NOTHING else marked 162 is on sale. Everything else marked 162 will remain the same prices as marked. Both JFC and The Menagerie will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. JFC is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 10 AM to 5 PM, Fridays 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM to 3 PM and JFC is closed Sundays and Mondays. The Menagerie is open Sundays noon to 4 PM and Mondays through Saturdays 10 AM to 6 PM, but sometimes Thursday hours vary.
December 2021 Book Signing:
1. I'll be having a Christmas Book Signing at Jen's Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on Saturday 12-18-21 from 11 AM to 3 PM. (This event is sadly cancelled due to a family emergency.)
January 2022 Book Signings:
1. I'll be having a two book signing called the Winter Book Festival at Jen's Furniture and Collectibles TBA in January 2022.

MAILING CHECKS TO ME FOR BOOKS: I am now accepting checks through the mail for $15 for copies of each book: The Rising of The Moon Book 1: Changing Tides Part 1, The Rising of The Moon Book 1: Changing Tides Part 2, and The Rising of The Moon Book 2: Faith, Hope, and Love. $15 checks will cover the cost of each book and shipping. Please include a note with your check saying, which books you want to buy off of me with your check. Checks may be written out to me, James O'Flannery, and mailed to James O'Flannery 1524 Crayton Avenue Lima, Ohio 45805. I also can meet up with you, if you live in the following Ohio communities, Lima, Cridersville, Vaughnsville, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, St. Marys, Minster, New Bremen, Delphos, and Ottoville, and sell you books directly. For my latest book Martin Luther, William Tyndale, James Ussher, and their Work in Classics: With Other Christian Essays, I will be accepting checks for $20 and $25. The checks must be for $25 ($5 covering shipping if you don't live in Lima, Cridersville, Vaughnsville, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, St. Marys, Minster, New Bremen, Delphos, or Ottoville. If you live in any of those communities and if you're willing to meet up with me in any of those communities, then $20 checks via the mail or $20 cash in-person or credit cards and/or debit card payments for $20 in-person work too. The same holds true for The Ten Year Anniversary Edition of The Adventures of Richard McMurphy; $20 and $25 checks.

My Green Irish Angel Statues: My Green Irish Angel Statues are really cute! They are only $1 each and they make great gifts. I have three kinds: 1. Cross-Bearing Angels, 2. Praying Angels, and 3. Angels Holding Butterflies. I like the Cross-Bearing Angels the best, because they are carrying Crosses. Each one bearing a Cross reminds us, that Jesus died on the True Cross to save every single person from death, Hell, Satan, Satan's Demons, Original Sin from Adam and Eve, and their personal sins. They're available exclusively at The Menagerie behind Beer Barrel in the St. Marys Business Complex in St. Marys, Ohio.

Stores Carrying My Books:  My books, which I’ve written and published, are also available at the following stores: Brunner News Agency on Flanders Avenue in Lima, Ohio, Jen’s Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on High Street in St. Marys, Ohio, The Menagerie at 1178 Indiana Avenue behind Beer Barrel in the St. Marys Business Complex in St. Marys, Ohio, Readmore Hallmark Stores out at Eastgate Plaza and on Elm Street in Lima, Ohio, and in the Shop section of my website .

Thank you!

James W. O’Flannery, President and Founder of Ohio Irish Lutheran Press (OIL Press)