Translating John MacArthur: Delighting Grace Interviews Marlene Legaspi-Munar

 

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One of the most anticipated events in MIBF (or Manila International Book Fair) are book launches by some of the best publishing company in the country. It features newly released books the book lovers are anticipating. For OMF Literature this is an opportunity to showcase fresh Christian books for the Filipino readers. One of I think the best release they have is the conversational Tagalog version of two of the most sought after books of John MacArthur.

Recently I have book reviewed Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace which are a must read. The translation is done by author Marlene Legaspi -Munar. So Delighting Grace talked to Ms. Marlene about her latest translation project and more about the two books by John MacArthur.
Delighting Grace: How did you end up with an awesome translation gig?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I started translating years ago when a missionary friend, Mike Gingerich from Action International Ministries, asked me if I would be interested in translating the book The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. I did and I enjoyed the experience. Since then, I’ve translated modules, Bible study materials, and other books. Some of the books I’ve translated were published by CSM Publishing and OMF Literature. The latter published the Taglish (conversational Tagalog) translation of John MacArthur’s Found: God’s Will and Found:God’s Peace. The translated titles are Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace respectively.
Delighting Grace: Prior to the two books you have translated, do you enjoy reading books from John MacArthur?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I’ve read books by John MacArthur before, and have listened to his radio program over at 702 DZAS (a Christian AM station in the Philippines).
Delighting Grace: Which of the two books you have translated is more attached to you personally?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: Usapang God’s Peace is easily a favorite. It covers a topic most of us are interested in: how to overcome uncertainty, worry, and anxiety. The book reminds us to pray with thanksgiving and focus our thoughts on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8). It talks about peace and God’s grace as well. By God’s grace we have been saved, and it is also His grace that enables us to know God and serve Him. And as John MacArthur said, “God’s peace and grace are always available to us”. What a great comfort to know that.
Delighting Grace: Aside from translating the book to make it understandable, what other factors do you consider when translating a book?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: Of course, I have to adhere to the publisher’s style guide when translating. The goal of translating a book from English to Tagalog, or Taglish (combination of Tagalog and English, or also called conversational Tagalog) is to reach a wider audience who appreciate a book written in this language. So I always keep in mind that the goal is to make the book reader-friendly and easily understood while remaining faithful to the message of the source text.

Delighting Grace: Can you tell us the process of translating Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace.
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I was offered by Ian Magallona, senior editor of OMF Literature to translate both books, one after the other. I think it took me more than a month to finish translating each book.
Delighting Grace: If you have to choose one between the two, which do you think is the most needed book that our fellow Pinoys needs to read and why?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I believe both books, Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace will speak to many Pinoy because they address different needs. We need to know God’s will for our lives, and we certainly need God’s grace and peace to keep us going each day and to live meaningfully and abundantly.
Delighting Grace: Please invite us to get the copy of the books and also books you have written.
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I hope you get a copy of Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace, the Taglish translations of John MacArthur’s original titles Found: God’s Will and Found: God’s Peace. They’re available at OMF Literature Bookshops and other Christian bookstores.
Aside from these translated titles, you might also want to get a copy of the other books which I’ve written. My latest book is a travel-themed devotional called Traveler’s Notebook: Insights from Life’s Journey published by CSM Publishing. And if you’re a mother seeking how to balance family and work responsibilities, my other book How to be a Happy Working Mom published by OMF Literature could be the book you’re looking for. You can order online How to be a Happy Working Mom from Passages Books through this link.
You can also visit and like my author page on Facebook.

Delighting Grace: One last question, what if one day John MacArthur visited you and thank you for translating his books, how would you react?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: First of all, it’s always an honor to serve God by translating books that communicate God’s will. I’m already blessed translating books by other authors, but a “thank you” from these authors would certainly be an encouragement!

 

Book Review: Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur Jr.

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photo grabbed from Passages Books

Last time I reviewed “Usapang God’s Will”, one of the books of John MacArthur that has been translated into Taglish. Now we move to the second book (and I’m praying this won’t be the last of it) which tackles anxiety. The book is titled “Usapang God’s Peace.”

Chapter 1 tackles the ground work of getting peace through prayer. Finishing this chapter you can say that this part is already a full course meal. I think we can already put it down and absorb the messageSo if this chapter already gets the cake, how much more are the succeeding chapters? MacArthur did an amazing job in this brief book.  Rich, deep and practical answers for an anxiety free situation.

The second chapter is a solid as the first but it comes with an intriguing inquiry. How does being humble bring about cure for anxiousness? It feels that it doesn’t connect.  Well that’s for you to read by getting this book. The book ends with key Scripture passages about anxiety.

“Usapang God’s Peace” is a must read book for who doesn’t settle for less. Well it’s a John MacArthur book so you’ll know it’s a winner.  Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up (Filipino Edition #2)

tpn6bjcAt muli pong nagbabalik ang  Filipino edisyon ng “The Quotable Round-Up” at akoy natutuwa dahil sa aking ibabahaging quotes. Mula ito sa kilalang pastor at teacher na si John MacArthur hango sa kanyang aklat na “Usapang God’s Peace”. Isinalin at nilimbag ito ng OMFLit at mabibili ito sa PCBS, NBS, Pandayan Bookshop at online. Nawa pagpalain kayo ng mga quotes na ito at bumili ng kopya ng aklat na ito.
“Ang real challenge ng Christian living ay hindi ang alisin ang bawat uncomfortable circumstances mula sa ating buhay kundi ang pagkatiwalaan ang sovereign, wise, mabuti, at makapangyarihang Diyos sa gitna ng bawat sitwasyon.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace”  #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit
“Ang pangunahing paraan para maiwasan ang pagkabalisa ay ang panalangin. Ang tamang pag-iisip at kilos ang susunod na logical steps, pero lahat ito ay nagsisimula sa panalangin.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

Bilang disciples ni Christ, kailangan nating tanggapin ang katotohanan na nadito tayo sa isang imperfect world at hayaan nating gawin ng Diyos ang Kanyang perfect work sa atin. Bibigyan tayo n gating Panginoon ng Kanyang peace habang ipinagkakatiwala natin ang sarili natin sa Kanyang pangangalaga.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang maling paraan ng paghandle ng mga stress sa buhay ay ang mag-worry tungkol sa mga ito. Tatlong beses sinabi ni Jesus, “Do not be anxious” (see Matthew 6: 25, 31, 34). Later inulit ni Paul, “Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6, NASB). Kahit kalian ang pagwoworry ay isang kasalanan dahil nilalabag nito ang malinaw na utos ng Bible.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang akala ng ibang tao ang worry ay result ng labis na pag-iisip. Actually, result ito ng hindi sapat na pag-iisip sa tamang direksyon. Kung kilala mo kung sino ang Diyos at naiintindihan mo ang Kanyang purposes, promises and plans, makakatulong ito sa iyo para hindi ka mag-worry.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Being thankful will release you from fear and worry. Ito ay isang tunay na pagpapakita na ipinagkakatiwala mo ang iyong sitwasyon sa sovereign control ng Diyos.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang mananampalataya na hindi nagtitiwala sa sovereignty ng Diyos ay mawawlan ng kapayapaan ng Diyos at mapupuno ng kaguluhan ang puso.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit