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Janina,

Thank you for sharing your book “Conversations with an Atheist”. I will be sharing this with the faculty and placing this in our Faculty Resource Center. The title alone will intrigue many, especially those who teach in…

May you be blessed for your work.

Director of Academics College of Humanities-University of Phoenix

Dear Janina:

Thank you for recent gift to the Montana State University Libraries “Conversations with an Atheist”.

Thoughtful gifts such as yours help us provide materials that would otherwise not be available to MSU students, faculty, and other library users. We very much appreciate your contribution and your interest in our collection.

Dean of Libraries Montana State University Libraries

Dear Ms. Balabat:

On behalf of the New Mexico State University Library, we would like to thank you for investing in our Library with your recent gift of 1 paperback book on April 20, 2010. Your gifts continue to help us transform the library into an extraordinary research institution that makes a genuine difference in the lives of our constituent.

Dean of Library and Library Development Office New Mexico State University Library

Dear Janina Balabat,

On behalf of the Foundation Board, Faculty, staff and students of Southwest Tennessee Community College, we wish to express our gratitude for your generous gift in kind contribution. Your donation of one book, Conversations with an Atheist, is greatly appreciated and important to our success.

Southwest Tennessee Community College has played an important role in education the citizens of Shelby and Fayette Counties and the surrounding area. By your thoughtful action, you have joined with many others in helping provide the resources to assure a quality education for present and future generations.

We could not do what we do without the generous support of a caring community. Thank you again for your thoughtful gift to Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Cordially,

Executive Director of Institutional Development Southwest Tennessee Community College

We appreciate the donation of Conversations with an Atheist. This book will benefit the Brown-Daniel Library and assist us with meeting the needs of the Tennessee State University.

Thank you for thinking of us.

Assistant Director Collection Management Dept

Dear Ms. Balabat:

We appreciate receipt of a complimentary copy of your book: Conversations with an Atheist”.

We are sure that this resource will enrich our collection and we are convinced it will be of interest to our students and faculty, who will benefit from your work.

Thank you very much for your book.

Cordially,

Coordinator Collection Management Area UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO AN HUMACAO

Dear Ms. Balabat:

On behalf of the University of Washington Library, it is my privilege to express our appreciation for your support. Thank you for your May 2010 gifts to our libraries on the campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. We greatly acknowledge the receipt of two copies of Conversations with an Atheist.

The University of Washington Libraries is an international leader in realizing the promise of the 21st century academic research library. As the intellectual commons of our great University, we foster quality scholarship and research by meeting the information needs of our student and faculty. With your help, we are able to enrich and maintain resources that not only advance discovery, but also transform lives.

Thank you again for your gift.

Manager, Gift Program University of Washington Library

Dear Ms. Balabat:

On behalf of Southern Oregon University and the students we serve, please accept my personal thanks and appreciation for your gift of a copy of your paperback book, ‘Conversations with an Atheist’ to the Southern Oregon University Hannon Library.

The Hannon Library is the jewel of our campus. Patronage and usage have increased tremendously with the completion of the remodel and expansion of the library. Exciting lectures and other events are planned throughout the year. Attached is your gift receipt detailing your in-kind contribution. Again, many thanks for your generosity.

Vice President of Development, Executive Director, SOU Foundation Southern Oregon University

Dear Ms. Balabat:

On behalf of the University Library, I want to thank you for your recent gift of 1 book. The Library serves as a foundation for educational programs on this campus and provides information resources for UTEP students and faculty, as well as the entire region. Your contribution is a valued addition to the Library that will strengthen our collections. We are grateful for your generosity.

Thank you again for this tangible expression of confidence in UTEP and the students we serve.

Sincerely yours,

Associate Vice President and Director of the Library University Library

Dear Janina;

I just wanted to let you know we received your book, Conversations with an Atheist, and we will be adding it to our library collection. Thank you for sending your book to us; we are grateful for gifts like this to keep our collection up-to-date and relevant.

Thank you again, and may God bless you as you continue to listen to His voice and use your gifts for His Kingdom.

Librarian Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Dear Ms. Balabat:

We are pleased to acknowledge your recent gift, listed below, to the University of Minnesota Library. Gifts such as yours are very important in the development of the libraries resources.

On behalf of the University, we express our gratitude for your consideration and contribution.

Gifts Unit

Dear Ms. Balabat,

On behalf of the University of Northern Virginia, I wish to thank you for your recent contribution. I assure you it is a welcome addition to the University of Northern Virginia Library. Any volumes not fitting within the collection development policy of the library will be donated to better World Books to help a literacy organization in Africa.

We greatly appreciate your gift that will enable us to develop a library of distinction as befits the University of Northern Virginia.

Manager Library and Learning Resources University of Northern Virginia

Dear Ms. Balabat;

Thank you for your gift –in-kind, recorded on May 20, 2010, Described as follows: This gift was 1 ppbk mono-Conversations with an Atheist-rec’d4-2010.

Your thoughtfulness in donating this gift-in-kind to Duke University is greatly appreciated.

Director Alumni & Development Records

Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your generous donation of “Conversations with an Atheist” to the Harold B. Lee Library. The Lee Library continues to grow in part due to the generosity of many donors. All materials donated to the library are carefully reviewed according to our collection development policy, which is based on curricular and research needs.

Thank you again for donating to the Lee Library.

Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development and Technical Service Lee Library

Dear Ms. Balabat:

The University of Wyoming Libraries gratefully acknowledges your May 18, 2010 gift of Conversations with an Atheist: The Good News of God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind.

Gifts of materials enhance and enrich the Libraries’ collections by providing items that may be difficult or impossible to obtain by other means. We value your support of our efforts to build the distinctive collections so important to the University’s educational and research programs.

On behalf of the students and faculty, please accept my sincere appreciation. I encourage you to continue to consider the UW Libraries for gifts of materials and other charitable donations.

Head of Collection Development University of Wyoming Libraries

Dear Ms. Balabat:

The University of Wyoming Libraries gratefully acknowledges your May 18, 2010 gift of Conversations with an Atheist: The Good News of God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind.

Gifts of materials enhance and enrich the Libraries’ collections by providing items that may be difficult or impossible to obtain by other means. We value your support of our efforts to build the distinctive collections so important to the University’s educational and research programs.

On behalf of the students and faculty, please accept my sincere appreciation. I encourage you to continue to consider the UW Libraries for gifts of materials and other charitable donations.

Head of Collection Development University of Wyoming Libraries

Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your donating to the West Virginia State University Library the following book:

Conversations with an Atheist.

The book has been sent to our Cataloging department to be processed and added to our collection. I am confident the book will be useful to our students, faculty, staff, and the community at large here at WV State University.

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and your donation to the Drain-Jordan Library.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Virginia State University Library
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Greeting in the name of the Lord. On behalf of the Piedmont Baptist College and graduate School’s George M. Manuel Memorial Library staff, I would like to thank you for the recent donation of your book “Conversations with an Atheist”. Your gift is greatly appreciated.

Librarian Piedmont Baptist College and graduate School’s George M. Manuel Memorial Library
Dear Mrs. Balabat:

Thank you for your recent gift of conversations with an Atheist for the benefit of the Library at Oklahoma State University. We have noted that you have donated the following items:

2 new soft cover books

Please retain this letter as proof of your gift for the benefit of the library for tax purposes. On behalf of OSU students and faculty, thank you for your support for the OSU Library.

Coordinator of Gift Materials and Head, Special Collections University Archives
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your recent gift of “Conversations with an Atheist”. Gifts such as yours enable our collection to grow at a rate surpassing that supported by our acquisitions budged. By enriching our collection with gifts such as yours, we are better able to serve our students, staff and faculty, as well as the community at large.

Again, thank you for your interest in New Mexico State University-grants and its Library.

Director of Library Service

Dear Ms. Balabat,

On behalf of the Cornell University Library, I would like to gratefully acknowledge having received your gift of Conversations with an Atheist, by Janina Balabat. You can be certain that your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated. Your gift will be of great and long-term value to scholarship in multiple disciplines. Thank you for your contribution and continued support of the Cornell University Library.

Gift Coordinator Cornell University Library
Dear Ms. Balabat:

The Yale Library acknowledges with appreciation the gift to us of your book, Conversations with an Atheist.

It is through gifts of library friends such as you that the Yale Library is able to provide unparalleled collections for its students, teachers, visitors, and generations to come. We thank you for your kindness.

Associate University Librarian Yale Library
Dear Mrs. Balabat:

On behalf of the University of Maryland Libraries, we gratefully acknowledge receipt of your wonderful book entitle Conversations with an Atheist: The Good News of God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind.

Every resource that enhances teaching and research on this flagship campus makes it possible to build a library system that is second to none in the region. This work will be reviewed by our subject specialist for Religion and a selection decision will be forthcoming.

Please know that your donation is greatly appreciated.

Gifts Coordinator University of Maryland Libraries
Dear Ms. Balabat,

On behalf of the University Libraries at Northern Illinois University, I am very pleased to acknowledge your recent contribution. This gift is most welcome since it will assist us in building a stronger collection. It was good of you to remember us.

Dean University Libraries at Northern Illinois University
Dear Janina:

Thank you for your book donation Conversations with an Atheist. We are a small Bible college and are in the process of working toward accreditation. Your book is an important addition to our library as we try to build it up. Thank you again and God bless you.

Small Bible College
We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the book, “Conversations with an Atheist” you donated to the Xavier University Library. Your gift was appreciated and will be a great enhancement to our Collection. Again, thank you
University Librarian
Dear Ms. Balabt:

We have received your generous gift to our Library. On behalf of the University Libraries and The University of Southern Mississippi, we would like to thank you for this donation. We are glad to consider your gift for our collection.

Head of Bibliographic Services University of Southern Mississippi
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your recent donation to the Noel Memorial Library at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Gifts such as yours are especially helpful during these times of inflating costs for library materials and decreasing funding from the state legislature

Thank you for your support.

Library Associate Acquisitions Department Louisiana State University

Feedback from Prisons

Hello,

I just wanted to say thank you for donating a copy of your book “Conversations with an Atheist”. The Warden past it on to me to put in our chapel library and that will be a blessing to our inmates as well as myself.

Chapel Library William S. Key Correction Center
Hello Mrs. Balabat,

Sure pray you are doing well today. I’m sorry for the passing of your husband, Paul. My name is Mr.Milford White. I am the chaplain here at Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva, Okla.

Thank you for sending the book “Conversations with an Atheist” I have gone through it, and I sure believe the book will be excellent to put into my Chaplain’s library. I am, for sure, very impressed about the book. I will not allow it to leave the library, it is so good. I want everyone to enjoy it.

Again, I want to thank you for this very nice book. The Lord’s blessing to you.

Chaplain Milford White: B.J.C.C. Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva, Okla
Mrs. Balabat,

I wanted to thank you for your book donation to our inmate library. Conversations with an Atheist will make a nice addition to the library. Have a wonderful day and may God bless you Mrs. Balabat.

Counselor Tygart Valley Regional Jail, Belington, VW
Good Morning Ms. Balabat,

What a nice surprise when I picked up my mail this morning and there was the gift of your book, “Conversations with an Atheist”. I am always pleased to have Christian materials to put in the hands of the inmates. Christ is the answer for anyone whether we are imprisoned in a building or in ourselves. Thank you very much and blessings to you.

Library Aide Torrance County Detention Facility, Estancia, NM
Ms. Balabat,

I am the chaplain at Orange Correctional Center. I received your book and put it in the chapel library. Thank you so much for sending us a complimentary copy. The men will appreciate it.

Chaplain Alamance/Orange Prison Ministry. Chapel Hill, NC
Janina, hi this is Philip Nestor I am the chaplain at Pruntytown Correctional Center Grafton WV. Thanks for the book you sent. It is much appreciated and will be read by our inmates. Keep up the good work for the Lord and God bless you for your giving.
Philip Nestor Pruntytown Correctional Center Grafton WV.
Hello! MY name is Earl Short, and I am a correctional case manager here at piedmont Correctional Institution. I have received your book, “Conversations with an Atheist”, and have placed it the library in our chapel. I believe it will be well received and read. Thank you very much for your donation and it is greatly appreciated!
Correctional Case Manager Piedmont Correctional Institution-Minimum
Hello Ms. Janina,

We wish to acknowledge with thanks the book you sent to our library, titled Conversations with an Atheist by Janina Balabat. Lake Mary: creation House, 2008.

The book will be processed and added to our collection for use by the inmate population. We hope lives will be enriched by reading it.

Thank you.

Corrections Librarian SCI-Graterford Libraries
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for a copy of your book Conversations with an Atheist (ISBN 978-1-59979-266-8 priced at $16.99) donated to our institution for religious purpose. We received on January 19, 2012 and added it to our Chapel Library Collection. SCI- Cambridge Springs is a 1000-bed minimum/medium facility inmates located in Crawford County. Many attend our Chapel Library for the wonderful Christian resources provided by prison ministries, book, projects, and authors like yourself. Thank you for concern and generosity.

In accordance with our facility’s policy protocol:

This book is intended for religious purpose

This book is available to any and all inmates, regardless of religious position

This book was not solicited by our prison or any member of its staff

We appreciate the service you provide and pray for your continued success.

Facility Chaplain Program Director SCI- Cambridge Springs
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you so much for the donation of books. Both myself and the inmates appreciate your time, efforts and consideration. Thank you very much.

Librarian Nebraska State Penitentiary
Dear Mrs. Balabat,

Thank you for sending the copy of your book “Conversations with an Atheist”, here at Marion Correctional Institution. Our inmates are grateful to have people like yourself to send books, DVD’s CDs VHS, tapes and any other religious material that the inmates can use to further their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. You can feel free to send any of these items you wish. This institution has a great deal of inmates that come here for their second part of a faith base program and they are usually here for about three months before going to the next faze. Thank you again and may God bless you.

In Christ,

Senior Chaplain Florida Department of Correction
Mrs. Balabat,

Deberry Special Needs Library thanks you very much for your book “Conversation with an Atheist”. This book will go to the great use, and our library appreciates religious books. We will keep you in our prayers and God bless you.

Thank you again,

CCO Library Supervisor, Nashville, TN Deberry Special Needs Library
Ms. Janina balabat,

Thank you very much of donation of your book: “Conversations with an Atheist”. This book will be including in the book collection of Fishkill C.F. General Library, which serves the reading needs of over 1,700 inmates and civilian staff.

It’s a coincidence that I was also born in Poland and came to the USA in 1978, over 30 years ago. Thank you for sharing your book and your faith with us.

NA Fishkill C.F. General Library
Ms. Balabat,

I wanted to let you know that we did receive the complimentary copy of your book, “Conversations with an Atheist”. We appreciate the kind gift. I have placed it in the library for inmates to read. I also taped a copy of your letter to the reader on the inside of the book’s cover so inmates would be aware of your gift.

Again, thank you for your kind gesture.

Education Coordinaror Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, Palmer, AK
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your recent donation of the book, “Conversation with an Atheist” to the Louisiana State Penitentiary Main Prison Library. We appreciate your support of our library. Your donation helps us to offer different titles for our patrons. We have included your letter to the readers in the front of the book.

Thanks again for your donation as we continue to provide quality library service to our staff and inmates population.

LSP librarian Louisiana State Penitentiary Main Prison Library
Dear Ms. Balabat:

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the inmates here at IMCC to thank you for your generous gift of the book you sent. We have placed it in our Chapel Library making available for both the general population inmates as well as for the men and women who are in reception status here at the institution. Once again thank you very much and may God continue to your work and continue to bless you richly.

Respectfully, a Brother in Christ

NA IMCC Coralville, IA
Ms. Janina balabat

On behalf of the Joseph Harp Correction center Leisure Library, I want to thank you for the below mention book you donated. It will provide an effectual expansion to our library section, and a great number our patrons will be checking it out.

We constantly endeavoring to improve and upgrade our collection, and at this present time, donations continue to be the primary source of our books. For the more than 1300+patrons we serve.

Title: Conversations with an Atheist

Author: Janina Balabat

Publisher: creation House/A Strang Company

Many thanks,

JHCC Leisure Library Supervisor Joseph Harp Correction center Leisure Library
Thank you very much for your gift. I have added it to our collection and I think it will be well read.

Education Resource coordinator

NA Guadalupa County Correctional Facility Santa Rosa, NM
Ms. Janina Balabat,

Thank you for the donation of your book “Conversation with an Atheist”. The book will be placed in our Religion Library for men at our facility to checkout.

Facility Chaplain Larch Correctional Center - Yacolt, Washington
Ms. Balabat:

We received your book “Conversations with an Atheist” and will be placing it in our religious library. Thank you for your donation!

Very respectfully,

Clinical chaplain II Lanesboro correctional Institution, Polkton, NC
Dear Janina Balabat,

Thank for your concern and kindness in sending us your book “Conversations with an Atheist”. I received it yesterday and the inmates aides have already formed a list of people who want to read it. They read the cover and the letter you sent and ask me to extend their thanks to you for thinking about them. Your book will be added to our collection.

My personal thanks for your gift, I do appreciate your kindness.

DCE Librarian Powhaton Correctional Center, State Farm, VA
Janina Balabat,

Thank you for your donation of your book to our institution. It will be placed in the chapel library available to all our inmates here at Columbia correctional Institution.

Thank you very much!

Chaplain Columbia Correctional Institution - Portage, WI
We received a copy of your book “Conversations with an Atheist”. I just wanted to say thank you and we will be placing it in our reading library for the inmates to enjoy.
Joyce Cutlip Denmar Correctional Center, Hillsboro, WI
I am in receipt of your book that you sent to this institution. I am delighted that you thought to send it to us. I will be sure to make it available to the inmates here at RCI. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.
Librarian Rivers Correctional Institution Winton, NC
I am writing to let you know that the Recreational department at CMCF facility did receive the donation of your recent book “Conversations with an Atheist”. Our library will enjoy it very much. Thank you again, for thinking of our facility with your generosity.
NA Vaiden, MS
Ms. Balabat,

We recently received the books that you donated to our library; this letter is to thank you for your thoughtful gift. Again, thank you very much.

Director of Education Ely, Nevada
Dear Ms. Balabat:

I am writing to thank you for the book you sent titled “Conversations with an Atheist”. I have placed it in our library and it is available for the offenders to check out and read. We are so thankful for any books that are donated to our library. So, again I want to say thank you for the book. We appreciate it so very much.

Library Aide Bradshaw State Jail Facility - Henderson, Texas
Dear Ms. Balabat,

Your recent book donation to the Beto Unit Library was greatly appreciated. As you probably know, funds each year for new books are very limited. Your generous donation will increase the overall inventory of our library, as well as, give our patrons a great variety of books from which to choose.

Many thanks,

Beto Unit Librarian Windham School District, Schools in the Texas department of Criminal Justice
Dear Ms. Balabat,

Thank you for your recent donation of Conversations with an Atheist to the General Library at Bedford Hills Correctional facility. I am very appreciative and the women are too. The women here are voracious readers, and books on spirituality are greatly appreciated. Your kindness and compassion towards the women is commendable, particularly during these troubling economic times. Once again, thank you very much and have a great day.

Respectfully and sincerely,

Librarian State of New York-Department of Correction, Bedford Hills, NY
Thank you!

The inmates and staff here at Bolivar County Correctional Facility would like to thank you for your recent gift of Conversations with an Atheist. Deeds such as this do not go unnoticed by those of us here at the facility or by the Lord, for there is nothing greater than a gift from the heart. While these donations may provide tax benefits for you, the fact remains that without people like you, we would find ourselves short in the reading department!

Thank you again and God bless.

NA BCRCF Library
Ms. Balabat,

Thank you for the book, yes it’s in the library.

NA The GEO Group, Inc. - Folkston, Georgia
Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for your recent donation to our library. Since religion is one of the primary interest with our inmate population, I am sure that “Conversations with an Atheist” will be read, re-read, and appreciated by all.

Thank you again for your generous donation. Take care and have a great day!

NA

Big Muddy River Correctional Center, Illinois

Dear Janina balabat,

I saw your book Conversations with an Atheist, I haven’t had a chance to read it but I am in line to read it. The reason I am writing is to see if you have any kind prison ministry or material for prisoners. I want to thank you for sending your book to us here at prison. It made think because I just read in Matthew 25 where Christ said: “I was in prison and you visited me”. It’s good to have people …. and care about you, even you do not know us. Also if you have copies extra or your book I would like to share it with my family.

Victor
Dear Ms. Janina Balabat,

I received and read your book, thank you very much for time and consideration in my request. I like how you talk about the first part of Genesis. I have passed the book to my mother for her to read it. She is very active in her church.

Thank you very much.

Victor

Feedback from other People

I started to preach from your book.
Pastor
When I have depression I start to read your book.
Lady

Feedback from Atheists

My phone rang and man’s voice said:

You sent me your book “Conversations with an Atheist”

Yes, I did.

I did not ask you.

Yes, I know. This is my gift to you.

I cannot read your book? What do I have to do with it?

Please give to somebody else.

Your book is not worth to be read! What do I have to do with it?

Please send me back my book.

I will if you send me $3.00 postage!

Of course, I sent postage and got my book back.

Atheist Washington State
My phone rang and man’s voice said: So, responding to your cover letter, “NO”, I will not let the world know about your book. I will put it in the recycle bin in the hopes that my copy will be made into a good, strong cardboard box so that some good can come of it and with the fervent desire that no more trees will be felled to print one more copy.
President Humanist Association
Ms. Balabat, you have authored a fairytale, based on a best selling fairytale- the Holy Bible. And that’s OK. It’s your fairytale. But be aware of the fact that many Atheists are Atheists because they have read the Holy Bible.

I have given only a few examples of why the Bible is a barbarous book, written in a barbarous age, for a barbarous people. The leading characters of the Old Testament would today be in the penitentiary and those of the New Testament would be under observation in psychopathic wards.

State Director
Janina,

Yes, yes, you are traveling a slippery slope with your imaginary conversation with an imaginary Atheist you contrived in order to marginalize Atheists. The very title of your book and its back cover represent a two-pronged hoax. One, you used an imaginary Atheist to hook your reader. Your book is not about a conversation with an Atheist. And you never convinced an Atheist that god is real. It is 420 pages of bible study and your personal religious thoughts. Two, The ten pages or so that you decided that your pretend conversation with an Atheist is an overt attack on the Atheist community at large and is unacceptable. Will your god stand at your side if some Atheist or Atheist group decides to meet you in court for using the ploy of an Atheist for false marketing and defamation?

State Director

I have to confess that I fell in love with the Atheists. They are very good people, highly educated, knowledgeable, persistent, determined, brave and very honest. They write what they think, and I respect them for it. They are God’s creation and God Almighty loves them unconditionally, but they rejected Him. They just do not know their Creator. I pray for them.
-Janina

Feedback from Political Figures

January 5, 2009

Dear Ms. Balabat:

Thank you for the copy of your book, Conversations with an Atheist. You were very thoughtful to enclude me in the distribution of this work.

With appreciation, I am sincerely yours,

Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Senate
December 17, 2008

Dear Janina:

Thank you very much for sending a copy of your book. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity, and I send best wishes for health and happiness.

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton