The weekly Booking Through Thursday question for today is:
What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
I receive a lot of books as presents. Our family likes to have ideas of what the recipient would like, so books are almost always on my list, specific books at that. Though I love and appreciate them, there is none that particularly stands out except my first Bible that I received some time during my elementary years from the church I was attending. I don’t remember if it was a general gift or a reward for Sunday School attendance or what. But my mother kept it put away and wouldn’t let me have it except for church. I’m sure she just didn’t want me to mess it up in some way, but I remember even then thinking, “It’s not going to do me much good to have it if I can’t read it!” Still, though, perhaps that experience as well as teaching about how special a book the Bible is taught me to respect it. I believe in respecting and taking care of all books, as we discussed last time, and I believe the Bible is meant to be studied rather than showcased, so I do highlight and underline and jot notes in it. But I hate to see it on the floor or under other books or stuffed with other papers or with food or drink on top of it.
“Above all theologies, and creeds, and catechisms, and books, and hymns, must the Word be meditated on, that we may grow in the knowledge of all its parts and in assimilation to its models. Our souls must be steeped in it; not in certain favorite parts of it, but the whole. We must know it, not from the report of others but from our own experience and vision,…Another cannot breathe the air for us, nor eat for us, nor drink for us.”
–Horatius Bonar from They Walked With God
Read the Bible, and it brings you into the association of the best people that ever lived. You stand beside Moses and learn of his meekness; beside Job and learn his patience; beside Abraham and learn of his faith; beside Daniel and learn of his courage to do right; beside Isaiah and learn his fiery indignation toward the evildoer; beside Paul and catch something of his enthusiasm; beside Christ, and you feel His love.
~ Charles H. Spurgeon