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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quandary


Here's my quandary. My Bible is literally falling apart. The binding has broken apart in the middle so the book is literally in two pieces plus there are multiple pages that are crinkled from use and several pages that are loose, constantly falling out when I open the Bible to start reading it.. I've used the same Bible for over 10 years, not always daily but more daily than not.

That's not the quandary that I've read the Bible that often because I do believe it is a life changing book for those who do read it, study it, meditate upon it, accept that it is the word of God.

My quandary. Where do I go from here with it?

The obvious answer is, buy a new Bible. There are plenty of Bibles out there available to purchase in a variety of translations. This one happens to be New International Version that I've read forever and am comfortable with it. But any translation would work.

That's not my quandary.

My quandary is I've written in this Bible. A LOT. Underlined passages, wrote notes, dated key passages that spoke to me at different stages of my life. I've chronicles insights that I believe God gave me through reading a particular scripture, etc.

I can't possibly take all those and put it over to a new Bible; it would be time consuming and not really practical. Yet I enjoy reading back notes I've written over the years, reminders of God's faithfulness when going through tough times, etc.

Yet my present Bible is almost getting unreadable as I struggle to get the pages together.

So that is my quandary. Hubby suggested I get another Bible that I take with me to church, small groups, etc and keep this one to read at home. I like that idea but again it is still a struggle to read this book in its falling apart state.

So in the days ahead I'll figure out what I'll do about it. In the meantime, it is a quandary.......

and for those who read my blog and also read the Bible (which is so much better than my blog) what translation do you read?


31 comments:

Shelly said...

I've got a couple of Bibles like that. I think your hubby has a good idea. The translation I'm using this year mainly is the NKJV, because it's a new study bible someone gave me, but I also like the NIV, the NAS and The Message. Just depends on if I'm studying or meditating.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I wonder if you could have it rebound? It might not be cheap, but maybe it won't cost more than a new Bible would? Worth looking into, I'd think. ;-)

TARYTERRE said...

Do not fret over this. No quandry. God is saying it is time to move forward. Put it away in a drawer, within reach for comfort. Then buy yourself a new one to mark up from scratch. You may find yourself with new insights. You can always seek out the old one. This is only my opinion. You must reach your own conclusion. GOOD LUCK. take care.

Linda B. said...

I'll second your hubby's suggestion. (Tell your husband he is right!) By all means keep and sometimes study your current Bible with personal notations at home. But start new notes in your new Bible. I know a chaplain that reads a different Bible translation each year."Purpose Driven Life" author purposely quoted different translations of Scripture. I have older NIV, not their newest one. Our church offered "The Story" as a gift to visitors on Easter). If I was getting a new Bible, I'd even consider large print version! LOL

farawayeyes said...

Hey Corgi,nice to meet you.

I read the King James Version. My Bible is in the same state and I have the same conditions (multiple notes and underlines). I ti a nice ribbon around i and keep it by my bedside for study at home. I downloaded the same translation onto my kindle to take along. I could never give up my personally annotated version, no matter what.

Autumn said...

I too have an NIV but a study guide edition. I would shy away from newer versions of it because they've now tried to make it PC and 'gender neutral' which I think is unnecessary. But...as to what to do with the old Bible and all the notes, that is hard.

As often as you and I read our Bible, I think a new one would fill up with notes quickly. Keep the old for your reference at home. Write new notes in your new Bible and during study refer to the old one and add to your notes when needed.

farawayeyes said...

BTW, I cannot find a 'follow' button. I would like to find my way back here. If you will let me know what I'm doing wrong, I'll come back and FOLLOW.

jack69 said...

You have hit on something that has been a 'quandary' for many over the years including my dad! He could not throw a bible away, he did not know how to dispose of one, so they kept accumulating. he once had one rebound.
It is a tough decision. I like the KJV mainly because that is what I was raised on and the scripture I know by memory are all KJ.

I like many versions.
Love (and sorry for your roof noise!!!, LOL)

The Brown Recluse said...

You can have your Bible rebound. Not sure where, but I know ladies at church have mentioned that before.

I use the New King James Version, usually. I have a parallel Bible that I use at home when I read in Bed that has KJV, Amplified, NAS (which I like real well, too) and the NIV.

Renegades said...

I have a study Bible that my aunt gave me years ago.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have lots of Bibles and each one has different things written in it. I only have 2 that are falling apart and I refuse to part with them. The way I look at it, as I've grown older, the things I read are taking on new meaning for me so the notes I may write are going to be different in many respects too. New thoughts or old thoughts are worth hanging on to.

Hollie said...

I agree. Buy you a new one & keep the other one close by to go back to when you feel the need. I thinks it's wonderful that your Bible is following apart! That shows much use. I use the Life's Application Bible. It's the KJV. I love it!!

Intense Guy said...

Seems like there is a general consensus with a path forward. It sounds like your new Bible should be a "study Bible" with room for notes.

My mom has a entire bookshelf of Bibles. Her mother's (the family Bible passed down) is broken and in pieces too. It is stored securely so that the pages and the many loose things: photos, bookmarks, funeral cards and so on, do not fall out.

I have the NIV Study Bible.

Rita said...

I'd at least find out if it could be rebound. I'd go with your husbands idea whether this one can be rebound or not. You have to keep it! :)

Veronica B. said...

Buy a new bible... and start to highlight and write in that one. Your views and thoughts about passages will have changed over the years. Certain passages will always have the same meaning, but sometimes you find a new or different meaning in a chapter. You can then compare the two one day; almost like a diary of your journey with God...

nutschell said...

I'm sure you'll find new passages to highlight and new notes to write if you buy a new bible:)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com
Happy A-Zing!

Jenny Woolf said...

My thinking would be to get a book binder who is used to dealing with antiquarian books. He will be able to make your Bible readable again, He has probably dealt with more worn books than this. I hope this helps.

Lynn Proctor said...

i read the kjv the most---my dad's bible is coming apart too

Nel said...

I was faced with this several years ago. And it was a tough decision, it was almost like letting go a part of me. But I did obtain a new one. My favorite marks I transferred to my new one, but for the most part I just started over, and you know I was noticing the other day my new one has almost as many marks as my old one. My old one sits on my table next to my bed. My new one is always close by and the one I use in church or when traveling and for reading. I do refer back to the old one once in awhile. There are alot of memories there from when I was youth leader with a bunch of teens. Precious memories!
Both of them are KJV, I also have an NIV for reference.
until next time... nel

rmslil said...

You can have it rebound. If you rebind it, do it right with genuine leather.It will cost you way more than another Bible. The decision is yours as to how much the notes are worth. I have seen them in the $100-300 range.$300 being an old family Bible. If you need a company suggestion,email me.

I use the NLT and NASB.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I think it is beautiful that you have worn out your Bible. I don't open mine as often as I should. I too have written special things in my Bible and highlighted a lot of it. Obviously you can never let go of that Bible but it does sound like it is time for a new one.

Martha said...

I too think it's such a beautiful thing that your bible is so worn out! At the same time I agree that it could be a sign that it's time to start over, especially at this phase of your life with everything else that has happened. Keep the old one close and treasure it. Take it out when you need to. Having a fresh start with a new Bible could be just as refreshing as a fresh start with anything - maybe a bit uncomfortable at first but who knows where it might lead and what new wonders you might discover when you aren't concentrating on the past!

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya I think that's a good idea, you can use that one for home when you want to study and then take a new one with you when you go out. Or, you could write them down somewhere or, staple the pages together in a new binding? I don't know....

I read the King James version. : )

Dana said...

Hi, there. :)

I read the NIV most often. As far as your quandary, I agree with the person above who suggested having your Bible rebound. Actually, that's a good idea for me, as well, as I'm having the same quandary.:)

Enjoyed your post.

Toriz said...

Take it to a book repair shop, or go with your hubby's idea. If you go with your hubby's idea, you could always just re-write your notes from time to time; when you take a few minutes to read what you've written, take the time to re-write it too. That way when the book is no longer readable you'll have your notes, but it wont feel like so much work because you didn't just sit there copying. Like I said, there's also the option of a repair shop.

Melanie said...

I Had the NIV when in school...You could get a journal and write down the passages that were highlighted as you read your old Bible....Before buying a new one...maybe..


Melanie

Bobbi said...

Hi Betty! I was having this same issue... my Bible is in the same shape as yours and I've had it for probably 15+ years. It's been marked over and over again and the pages are falling out. For the past 10 years I've used a different Bible for church. Then... in the past year I discovered that I can get the entire Bible on my Android phone and it is amazing! I now go to church on Sabbath (with Seventh day Adventists) and Saturday in church an elderly lady that was sitting behind me asked me for a demonstration of my phone Bible after church. She was amazed as well. It's so easy to get to where you want to be. You can save favorite scriptures, highlight. Christ's words are in red. I like the good old King James Version myself. As a matter of fact, I sometimes get lost when the pastor has a more modern version.. lol.

Lynda said...

Have you thought about getting your current Bible rebound? We have a person in this area who does that - - - - if he is still in business - - - or perhaps someone in the family would like to give that to Mom for a Mother's Day gift!!!! KODA - - - are you listening to what she wants?
Our pastor loves new King James. That's what I memorize but I use the NIV for my daily readings.

CLR said...

I've read through several of your posts now and I think we could be great friends! :) I chuckled, because my Bible is also falling apart so badly that I fear I will be exiting church and I'll clutch the spine too tightly and the contents will squish out like a ketchup packet.

I had thought of getting it rebound because I too, can't bear the thought of parting with all my markings and notes. It is a HUGE study Bible though, and I do like a variety of translations.

Here's to Bibles that are falling apart in hopes that their owners aren't! :-)

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CLR said...

I've read through several of your posts now and I think we could be great friends! :) I chuckled, because my Bible is also falling apart so badly that I fear I will be exiting church and I'll clutch the spine too tightly and the contents will squish out like a ketchup packet.

I had thought of getting it rebound because I too, can't bear the thought of parting with all my markings and notes. It is a HUGE study Bible though, and I do like a variety of translations.

Here's to Bibles that are falling apart in hopes that their owners aren't! :-)

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Geoff Maritz said...

My sincere advice is get your current bible rebound. My bible was in the same state after more than twenty years of continual use. My children had it repaired for my birthday, I was thrilled.
If you go to a second hand book shop there is one book you will not find, a bible. Hang onto your's and get it repaired, as you have said, you're comfortable with it.
Blessings, Geoff.