A beloved Bible that will never wear out

“Person of the book” © 2011 The Christian Century. Used with permission. December 13, 2011

. . . The gold on the edges of the pages has faded to dingy yellow. The leather cover has a shiny worn look, and the embossed words on the binding are almost invisible. I smile when I remember that this is the “New” Revised Standard Version.

I bought this Bible 25 years ago at the bookstore at my graduate school in Chicago. It has traveled with me almost every day in a book bag, along with my church directory, planning calendar, seminary students’ papers, and a new novel, all jumbled together. It accompanied me on mission trips through four continents, sat on countless podiums, lecterns, and pulpits, and stayed up late with me Saturday nights when I was struggling to find a sermon worth preaching.

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