Joel Coffman


Authors and Books

Bodie and Brock Thoene: The Zion Covenant, The Twilight of Courage, The Zion Chronicles, The Zion Legacy
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
The Bible: Matthew, Philippians, James, 1 Peter
Jack Cavanaugh: An American Family Portrait, Glimpses of Truth
Frank Peretti: The Oath
Alfred Lansing: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Howard Dayton: Your Money Counts
Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen: Hadassah: One Night With the King, The Hadassah Covenant
Randy Alcorn: Safely Home
Wess Stafford with Dean Merrill: Too Small to Ignore: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing
Larry Burkett: The Illuminati, The THOR Conspiracy, Solar Flare
Dave Barry: Year in Review
John Wilsey: To Breathe Your Free Air


I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.
John Wycliffe
Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there it is.
Winston Churchill
In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.
John Lubbock
What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
Herbert Simon
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Geroge S. Patton, Jr.
The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uniformed opinion.
John Lawton
If the poor workman hates his tools, the good workman hates poor tools. [...] Working with defective or poorly designed tools, even the finest craftsman is reduced to producing inferior work, and thereby reduced to being an inferior craftsman. No craftsman, if he aspires to the highest work of his profession, will accept such tools; and no employer, if he appreciates the quality of work, will ask a craftsman to accept them.
Gerald M. Weinberg, The Psychology of Computer Programming
The most dangerous enemy of a better solution is an existing codebase that is just good enough.
Eric Steven Raymond, The Art of Unix Programming, Plan 9: The Way the Future Was
The beginning of wisdom for a programmer is to recognize the difference between getting his program to work and getting it right. A program which does not work is undoubtedly wrong; but a program which does work is not necessarily right. It may still be wrong because it is hard to understand; or because it is hard to maintain as program requirements change; or because its structure is different from the structure of the problem; or because we cannot be sure that it does indeed work.
Michael Jackson, Principles of Program Design
The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.
Amos Tversky
Two things I ask of you, O Lord [...]:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say "Who is the Lord?"
Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:7–9
If I pray and weep for freedom from the tyranny of kings, how can I accept the yoke of bein' owned by things? That is another tyranny sure, but slavery of my soul, just the same. Do I belong to my possessions? I ask myself sometimes. If I can't give them up [...], then I am not a free man.
Bodie and Brock Thoene, Of Men and Angels

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