Then in March of this year, Western had a big change of heart. After the death of his father-in-law, and the near collapse of his family, Western was hit over the head with the realization that he couldn’t do it alone and that he really did need God in his life. On March 11th 2012, D.J. Western accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Immediately his life changed. Over the past several years Western had been working on developing a line of books that were in accordance with his passion for languages, but were not in line with being a good Christian. One of his books, Excuse My What??!! was based entirely on “interlingual word taboos.” These are words that sound like profanity in one language but are innocuous in another. This book had many words that were just not appropriate for anyone much less his children. For Western, this was his best seller. He had already sold many copies to college professors and students alike all searching for comedy as a way to learn a new language. However, with his new found faith, Professor Western could not stomach the idea that he could sell a book to a stranger that he would not even let his kids read. In line with his new faith, Western stopped sale of the book, destroyed all of his remaining copies, and discontinued permanently the sale of the book on-line.
Currently Professor Western is working on a revised edition that will achieve his first goal of helping individuals learn languages, but will not be froth with inappropriate language. This new book, Excuse My What? (minus the “?!!”) is simply a book filled with funny words and phrases meant to make language learning fun – but not vile. Western hopes that missionaries wanting to learn a new language will enjoy his new book and that it will help inspire them to learn a new language.
Western also cleaned up his three other books, Advanced French Vocabulary Made Easy, Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy Volume I, and Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy Volume II. From these books, he took out all references to words that were not suitable for all audiences, and included a new “religious terminology”
As an example, Professor D.J. Western points to the word “lightning"
Professor Western’s ultimate goal is to provide a powerful language learning tool to help those wanting to go forth and spread the message of Christ. Along those lines he intends to continue to publish books on various languages hoping to inspire those who read them.
“I never used to tithe before” Professor Western admits, “but if my books ever take-off, it is my intention that in addition to my 10%, the majority of my sales will go towards God’s work at funding mission trips.”
You can find more information about Professor Western’s books on http://www.excusemywhat.com. He also provides free language learning tools on http://www.excusemywhat.blogspot.com/