Wednesday, October 14, 2009



What to do?

I have been struggling with a decision for a couple of months now, and still have not come up with the proper answer. So, I thought I would post it and see what advice I get back on this.

I have a Bible that is over 20 years old. Actually, it used to be my brother's. I LOVE this Bible. It is a Thomas Nelson/KJV Study Bible. Well, the leather covering has literally crumbled off, and the spine is now separating from the pages. Recovering the Bible is not an option, because: 1. It is too expensive, and 2. One page (JUST ONE PAGE) in Isaiah is torn, so it it missing some of the words.

I have purchased a new Bible, but my problem is, "What do I do with the old one?"

I just cannot bring myself to throw it away. I mean, it's missing a part of a page in Isaiah, so giving it to someone who could/would have it recovered is not an option. I have done some research on this, and quite a few places say you should bury it, but I keep thinking the rest of the Bible is still perfectly usable; even though I have underlined and made notes in it. It seems a sin to bury it, but then I have to wonder if I am worshiping the Bible more than God? I mean it's THE WORD OF GOD... (Yeah, that's deep. I think I'm getting a headache.)

Someone even said to send it to a missionary and let them divide it up by "books" to use in the mission field. How do I find a missionary who would be willing to do that?

So, there it sits on my night stand, unused. Have any of you had this dilemma with old Bibles? What did you do?

Love,
Wendy Darling

3 comments:

Julie said...

Why don't you just put it on your shelf? I mean, it seems to have sentimental value as much as anything. Why not just keep it and every now and then as you feel so led, take it out and use it. Or simply just know it is there.

ame said...

I couldn't bring myself to get rid of my worn out bible, even though the leather cover is duct taped on! One option might be to donate it to Goodwill, the Crisis center, or Salvation Army in Tyler. Perhaps someone would buy it who can't afford to buy a new one. Just an idea. :)

Princess LadyBug said...

Have you asked around at church? Maybe they have a program that could use it. If they have a literacy program, they could use parts of it.

I also did a quick Google search and came up with two options. You can donate it here...
http://www.servingthepersecuted.us/Donations.html

Or how about taking that special Bible and making something special with it...
http://bookarts.blogspot.com/2007/02/bible-studydeconstructionreconstruction.html

That's all I've got for now. :)