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"You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised! Great is Your power, and there is no end ofYour Wisdom. And man, being a part of Your creation, desires to praise You…. I could not exist, unless I were in You from Whom and through Whom and in Whom are all things [Romans 11:26]…. TheSeventhDayiswithoutanyevening[Genesis2:1-3]…becauseYou have sanctified it unto an everlasting continuance…. You, after Your works which were very good [Genesis 1:31], rested on the Seventh Day…so that the Voice of Your Book may speak…to us [Genesis 5:1f cf. Romans 2:14-15], in order that we too, after our works…, may rest in You also — in the Sabbath of everlasting life [Hebrews 4:9-11]…. You shall even then rest in us, just as You now work in us [John 5:17]…. That shall be Your rest through us, just as these are Your works through us…. We too have certain good works, by Your gift…. After these, we are trusting to rest in Your great hallowing [Revelation 14:13]…. Amen!"
— St. Augustine of Africa: Confessions I:1:1 to I:2:2 & XIII:36:51 to XIII:38:53.
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This book is not an autobiography. For it does not even attempt to give an account of my whole life — warts and all. Indeed, I have written it chiefly for the sake of my own children — in order to remind them of their own "roots."
Some who have read the rough draft and who know me, have suggested I should also includemuchIhaveomitted–andthatIshouldexpand greatly onwhatIhaverecorded.Others would have me exclude some of what I have written here.
I have taken all these advices on board. To an extent, I have followed some of them. Yet this now-finalized book is still very selective. For it attempts to record only matters I trust magnify the grace of God in my life.
Having read many biographies and autobiographies, I have concluded it is harder to write anautobiographythanabiography. Forwhen onewritesone’sownautobiography, oneis sorely temptedtoaggrandizeoneselfbyinflating one’sownachievementsand downplaying one’sown shortcomings. Howsoever selective, oneis also easily tempted to writefartoo much –and also tempted to flatter oneself; or, alternatively, to put oneself down.
On the other hand, biographers writing about other people — often betray their own bias. Too, they cannot possibly see the whole of the life of the person they are writing about — from the perspective of the person concerned. (Whatever that might be worth!)
So I have instead called my own book Adventures with God, and subtitled it Some of the Lord’s Dealings with Francis Nigel Lee. Why? Because in it, I have tried to describe only thoseeventsIthink discloseourgraciousGod’sdealingswiththeunworthysinnerpenningthese lines. In enclosing several testimonials and references by my professors and employers and friends herewithin, I have done so only to try and show the great grace of God and the patient graciousness ofthosesotestifying–towardthedeeply-flawedwriterofthisIntroduction.Such kind testimonials have all been far more generous than this sinner could ever deserve.
On the front cover, are two photographs of the same person — taken seventy years apart! One is of this sinner in his first year, and the other of this same sinner in his seventy-first year. Over those seventy years, he changed from a little sinner into a big sinner (though a saved one). Throughout those seventy years, however, his Triune God neverchanged(Genesis1:1-26f cf. Matthew 28:19). ForGod has always been "theAncient ofdays" (Daniel 7:13). AndwithHim there "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17).
What Christians need today is not more self-consciousness or Church-consciousness, but more God-consciousness. It is my prayer that this book might have that effect on its readers, whosoever they may be — and that God’s great Name may thereby be glorified.