The Holy Bible - The Perfect Gift That Keeps on Giving

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The Bible - The Gift That Keeps on Giving

One of the best and most treasured gifts I have ever received was my grandmother's bible. Well-worn from being read so many times, I would picture my grandmother and grandfather sitting around the fireplace, reading scriptures from the Bible. I even found some amazing photographs still tucked between the pages.

A bible makes a great gift for many special occasions. One such occasion might be for a wedding. Newlyweds will want to keep a bible in the family to pass down to children or other relatives. It's nice to have family members sign the bible for an added touch for future generations.

I know there are times when we are all caught in the "what on earth would make a good gift?" dilemma. With the holidays approaching, followed by other celebrations like Easter, Mother's Day ,Fathers Day, Graduation and year around Birthdays and Weddings - this might be the time to buy the perfect bible online and save. And it just may be the best gift you've ever given.

And remember, a Bible can be a gift to feast on, rather than a project to complete before judgement day.

1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. | Source

Give With Joy

The earlier you begin shopping for Christmas and special occasions, the more you can enjoy a birthday party, graduation and Christmas. You won't be stressed about finding the right gift. I encourage you to really step back and try to be more joyful about your giving. We can either choose to let the gifts we purchase be an obligatory purchase or we can choose to give a gift with love and joy in our hearts.

It's our attitude about gift giving that really matters. There is a huge difference between buying stuff that you feel (or are) obligated to, and intentionally (and cheerfully) giving something to another person.

It seems like the frustration of shopping, traffic, lines and mailings all add up to too much stress. It is hard to give with joy when this is all going on. With on-line shopping stress is greatly reduced. The convenience alone makes up for the small mailing fee.

Why The Bible Makes A Good Graduation Gift

New graduates are faced with challenges and uncertainty. When we give the Bible as a gift, it shows our support and care for their future. The "meat" of this great book is the wisdom and guidance it brings to the reader. Better than any "Self-Help" book, all the answers that we need for living this life with joy are within its pages. It is the ultimate "instruction manual" on life.

Bibles come in all sizes and colors. My current bible was purchased at target. I chose a beautiful soft purple cover and the pages outline Christ's words in red. Bibles can also be found at the Goodwill store in like-new condition for a reasonable cost

This picture resembles my grandmother's bible.
This picture resembles my grandmother's bible. | Source

What To Write In The Bible As A Gift

Begin with addressing the inscription first: " For my dear nephew Edward, on your graduation from high school." You may want to use a special quote or write a motivational inscription. Even "congratulations" will do nicely.

Whether you write a personal note or a prayer, open your heart and be sincere. Write your message first on paper before you write in the bible. This way you avoid mistakes. Always use black or blue ink, never red, purple or other colors.

You may choose to write a poem or a short verse taken from the Bible itself. Do be careful not to sound like you are preaching. People can get turned off by this.

Try to be brief. If you prefer, you can have a custom inscription done. The most important thing to tell the recipient of this gift is that you love them. This will be the most lasting message of all.

The Bible, as a gift, will become a treasure to the graduate, to one day pass on to someone else.

The Birth Of Christ

Teaching Little Ones From The Bible

Jesus loved the little children. In the days of Jesus, children were not recognized and were not important. But Jesus valued them and taught even His disciples to honor them. An example of this is clear in Mark 10 versus 13 through 16. The disciples didn't want the children to touch Jesus. But Jesus rebuked His disciples and allowed the little children to "come unto him."

Passages throughout the bible remind us to teach children to follow the teachings of Christ. Children's bibles are wonderful for helping them to understand bible stories and teachings. We can also read straight from the bible and paraphrase to help young ones understand what the scriptures mean.

Closing With Famous People's Quotes About The Bible

J.S. BACH, MUSIC COMPOSER - I play the notes as they are written but it is God who makes the music.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS - "It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures".

SIR JAMES SIMPSON, SCOTTISH, PIONEER IN OBSTETRICS & discoverer of chloroform, 1811-1870: When asked at a great public meeting what his greatest discovery had been, he replied without hesitation: "That I have a Saviour."

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Well, you certainly presented many choices. For those interested in audio, noone can capture the spirit of the verse or touch the spirit as the voice of James Earl Jones.

Thanks for presenting Bible choices to satisfy every taste.

Forever His,


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RevLady - You are the first one to read my latest hub. I thank you for taking your time to read and comment. James Earl Jones is in a class all his own. When he speaks - we all listen. I love him and have just about everything he has recorded including the bible. Thank you, dear lady.


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

I never thought about giving the Bible as a present before. That's not a bad thought. I hear you about having fond memories about the old Bible in your possession. Mine is worn to the bone. Pages are falling out in sections even, and I can't bring myself to buy a new one.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Benjimester - I began giving bibles as gifts a few yrs ago and I can't tell you how well they were received. I love that your bible is worn to the bone with pages and sections falling out. How wonderful. Your bible has had good use and its no wonder that you can't part with it.

Thanks


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a lovely hub giving such a good and worth while idea.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello, Hello - I sure appreciate the support you give to me. I can always count on you to make the time to visit my newest hub. As I "travel" around HP and read some of the hubs others have written, I often see your comments.

How blessed we all are for you!


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msorensson 6 years ago

You would probably guess that I have at least five different versions but you did a great job in putting in the selections~~~!!

My favorite one is falling apart, a soft leather bound KJV version...given to me by a couple, in graduate school.

Thank you for this, vocalcoach.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

msorensson - I picture the soft leather KJV bible, well worn from use and the desire to live His word. That is great! We should all have a bible that is falling apart.

Thank you dear lady.


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Hi audrey

How are you dear friend? I have been thinking of you and lifting you up before Father. Drop me a line sometime. I have started a new job and have been working full time. I haven't been able to be on here much and I miss it and everyone. Bless you!!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Judi! Have missed you so much. Wonderful to see you again and thanks for taking time out to comment on my hub with all you have to do. Much love, my dear friend


masmasika 6 years ago

Great idea to give on Christmas. Actually I have a Bible at home but I don't read it. Maybe I'll give a Bible this Christmas. Great share.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

I think the recipient of your bible would love it. I also think you should share some of your hubs as gifts. I know I would love that! Thank you.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I still have two Bibles from school! they are placed on my window ledge, and the other is in the front room, if I am feeling down I pick one up and close my eyes then just let it fall open, then I read what it says, it is amazing how many times it is relevant to what I am feeling at that time, thanks for this idea, I would never have thought of it. Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you here, I seem to be running around so fast i will meet myself coming backwards one of these days! as my good old mum used to say! lol cheers nell


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Nell - I am still thinking about your hub which I read earlier today and how much courage you have. You are really an exceptional womanl And I do the same thing with my bible - just let it fall open and read the message sent to me. It truly is amazing how it seems to fit in with my life. So glad now, that I wrote this hub. Thank you and peae, harmony and love to you.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

How weird that I , although read the bible everyweek. (I aim for every day but it´s usually 3 or 4 times a week if I´m honest) never have I thought of giving a bible as a gift..

I love the idea of leather covers etc for many of my friends who already have bibles. God bless and thank you very much for this.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim - I just recently came up with the idea of giving the Bible as a gift. After finding that the recipients were so grateful for such a gift, I decided to give one to everyone on my list for Christmas this year. Even if they already have one - the only thing better than one bible, is two bibles. :-) Thank you my new friend and I can't wait to begin your hubs.


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

The Bible is not only inspirational in nature, it is also great literature. The poetry and the history it contains are incomparable. What a book!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Silver Poet - I agree totally with you. There is no other book like it. Thanks for reading my hub. Blessings to you!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Truthfully I don't know anyone who doesn't have a bible but I use to give away the small ones to kids in the family and I had forgotten about that. Being small and cute I thought kids might be more apt to open and read a little. I will have to start that up again, thanks.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Jackie ~ Giving bibles to little ones is a wonderful thing to do. How kind of you. Thank you for reading my hub and leaving me a comment!


Sannel 2 years ago

I find the idea of giving a bible as a gift to be a wonderful idea. Especially children's bibles to introduce a child to Christ and bible stories.

Thank you for a beautiful and most inspirational hub.

I wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas,

Sannel


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Audrey, I think it is absolutely awesome that you are in possession of your grandmother's Bible. What a gift!

Thank you for the wonderful videos. Mary, Did You Know is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It brings chill bumps to me every time I hear it.

Merry Christmas, Audrey!


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rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

This is a great article and nice song selection. The great love story ever written :) Wish you a Happy Christmas :) God bless you!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Sannel - Thank you for supporting my idea of giving the holy bible as a gift. You are the type of person I like to have in my life. Thank you for passing on blessings to me and I return them to you as well. Peace and love to you and yours~Audrey

bravewarrior - I appreciate your dear feelings about my having my grandmother's bible. I also share with you my favorite Christmas song, Mary, did you know. Thank you for being the beautiful person you are. I think so much of you. Merry Christmas to you bravewarrior!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rdsparrowiter - I apologize for the long delay. It's so nice to see you here and how right you are about the greatest love story every written. Thank you so much!


debraw50 2 years ago

Hello, I want to say you have written a very good hub, the Bible is an awesome gift. I have my Grandmother's Bible also and am using it when I go to Bible study every Wednesday. When I pass away, I will give that Bible to my daughter, it is a wonderful thing to pass down to our children too. You have written a wonderful and beautiful hub to let everyone know how precious the Bible and the word of God is. Have a wonderful Blessed day my friend.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

debraw50

Thank you for your kind message. It means so much to hear from you. I think it's wonderful that you have your Grandmother's Bible. What a treasure to be handed down through generations to come. I hope our paths will cross again. Meanwhile, blessings and peace to you my friend.

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