Very reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that it is time to begin running down Tentmaker Publications. The business began when we were in Ireland 23 years ago and over the years we have produced 1,000s of books, each of which required hand folding of the sections on top of all the other work. In recent months a number of factors have come together which have convinced us that the time is approaching when we have to call it a day. Firstly, Phil’s health has deteriorated since the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease two years ago. This leaves him tired and affects his left side making writing very difficult and typing problematic. Secondly, the binders we have used for the past 12 years have encountered difficulties and have had to increase their prices substantially making our books less economic to bind. Finally, we desire that the strength we have be directed in ministry in the church here. Phil retires in Sept. 2017 and his successor will become pastor this November giving us an 11 month handover.
In the short term the effect of this decision will be seen in that most titles will not be reprinted as they go out of stock. We have good stocks of many titles and so will continue selling for some time but expect that over the next two years the range will diminish. There is a possibility that certain titles will be taken on by other publishers and we would be glad to hear from any interested in doing so.
Thank you to all those who have supported us over the years.
Phil & Joy Roberts