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Choosing the Right Bible!

Updated on May 26, 2013

I Have a Need to Read the Bible!

It all started about five years ago when I mentioned to my parents that I had an interest in reading the family bible. They showed concern as the family bible is in bad shape it needs to be repaired as it is over one-hundred years old. It will eventually get passed down to my older brother Jim. This being the family tradition that the bible be passed down to the eldest son. In all honesty I know it is going to good hands as Jim also has a passion for the study of religion in which he has taken courses in Theology. I understood that my parents would be sticking with tradition on this particular subject; as tradition goes it is the man that will keep the family name going.

Family Bible

I have always had a fascination for the family bible ever since i was a small child.Within it's old worn pages it carries bits of our family history going back to when our last name was spelt K-e-n-n-e-y it is now spelt K-i-n-n-e-y. The first couple of marriages recorded witin it's pages are Kenney and then they change to Kinney.

Rum Running

The story behind this is that an ancestor of mine and another man took Church money and went to America; they were supposed to spread Catholic religion but instead chose to get into "Rum Running". Well when this tale got back to my ancestors they didn't want to be connected to the "Rum Runner" relative so they changed our last name to Kinney.

Family Bible Falling Apart

Recently I became a Christian so with this new change I decided I would like to read the bible from beginning to end. But then I remembered the frail state the old family bible was in and thought it best that I stayed away from the old bible until it gets repaired.I felt that it would be better if the bible stayed in my parents possession because I would feel awful if while in my care there was further damage done to it. Well this helped me decide that it would be best all round if I just got my own personal bible instead of borrowing the family bible.

Tradition Calls

This was a much better idea instead of something bad happening to the family bible like my dog deciding to eat it or something like that. I told my mother that I had decided to buy my own personal bible instead of borrowing the family bible. I could feel a sense of relief coming from my Mother as she readily agreed with me that this would be best. I knew that my parents wanted to keep the bible under their roof until the time came when tradition calls for it to be handed down to the next eldest male in the family.

Trying to Make the Best of My Life

I realized asking to borrow the bible had caused a certain level of stress for my poor parents though it was unintentional I wished I had never asked them to borrow it. I actually thought their reaction would have been one of delight that I wanted to read the family bible. As we all know life isn't always so black and white we must try and look at the grey areas in life. I guess they were worried about keeping to traditions; I understood where they were coming from. We all must learn that we can't always get what we want in life even if it is only a family bible.

Looking Forward to Getting My Own Bible

I understand that my parents just wanted to keep the family bible safe; I am touched by their concern for it. But if the truth be told I can't help feeling a sense of disappointment in not borrowing it. But the more I thought about things I realized the family bible should not be used until it has been repaired plus it is rather large and cumbersome I believe a smaller size bible will be a better fit for me. I am already thinking ahead in fact I am hoping to go to the "Second Look Book Store" this weekend to see if they have a bible that will suit my personal needs.
When I find it I will be free to read it when ever where ever I please! I am looking forward to hunting for my bible and once I find it I will use it - not abuse it - till my hearts content Amen!


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    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Hi Skye just a wee not I think I gave you the wrong name of one of my hubs about getting my first bible- I think the name of hub is "Choosing a Bible" hope that is right take care and bye for now!

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Hi my sister in Africa I did get a new bible but it was not the KJV version it is one of the newer versions called God's Word Translation. I have to say I was wet behind the ears and still am when it came to deciding on a bible I didn't know their was many different versions being uneducated in this area I was thinking the bible would be the same across the board. I wrote a hub about my experience "My first Bible". I agree with you I have heard that the KJV is the way to go if you don't want to lose have the story in the translation into easier reading versions. You have had some travelling under your belt; you are blessed getting to live in different countries experiencing different cultures etc. My parents still have their Scottish accents I was 3 when we immigrated to Canada I was born in Dumbarton Scotland. Well I will say cheerio for now have a great day and don't forget to wear some sunblock!

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Skye I love your words of praise and encouragement they fill my heart and soul with such good; I did get my own bible which I two got at a second hand store called "Second Look Book Store" here in my hometown Kitchener,Ont. I wrote a hub about that experience I believe it is called "My first Bible" go figure! I decided to move forward by getting my very own bible and still love and care for my parents and respect their decision on the family bible. My dog doesn't seem to have a taste for bibles thank the lord! Bye for now and God Bless! :)

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      6 years ago

      Hello dear Pamela-Anne,

      Well, I suppose that by now you have found and purchased your Bible. I know there are people that say it is old-fashioned but may I recommend that you and all of us would be safest sticking to a KJV. Not even a NKJV but a KJV. There are so many uncalled for changes taking place in all these new editions and even verses being left out. I do have a hub on this "Christian deception -in our Bibles?" and Planks and Nails has a hub on this same subject too which is well worth reading.

      I loved your style of writing. I do know about the tradition you speak of as I spent from 1992 till 2001 living in the Highlands of Scotland. What a bonny land it is. Happy, happy years. I will be there again in August this year for a visit. (see my profile) Much love in Christ to you sister.

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      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Pamela Anne. The most important thing precious girl is you are saved!!!! Alleluia and Praise the Lord. God will see to it you get a Bible you love. He is just happy to have you in HIS family, Child of GOD. It may be by now you have that Bible. I got mine at a second hand store for two dollars. The NIV study Bible I love it. Just trust in the Lord your God. Who knows maybe down the road your brother will give you the family Bible. Anyway God dwells in you and you in Him. He is so awesome.

      Parents can be conventional try not to hold a hard feeling Be Blessed it was in your family. It sounds like you are all Christians? You can write in your own Bible and underline everything. Have at it, Amen!

      Your story about your dog is funny. I did have a dog rocko that ate part of genesis. I loved that Bible. In fact there is a picture in a hub I wrote. "the long and winding road' something like that. It was a couple of years ago. So Pamela God Bless your journey at the hubs sister and in Christ Jesus. Like you mentioned drink up the word sisters. It is the fresh living water and we will never thirst when we drink it in. Love n Hugs Skye

      Love your writing style!! Keep em coming

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      Justin Boogades 

      6 years ago from Lynchburg, VA

      Hello Pamela-Anne,

      The title of this hub intrigued me because it seems to imply a subjective choice to what is often thought of as an absolute issue. But on the more personal note with which this story has meaning to you, it still seems to provide you with its own private conundrum: does familial sacredness reveal more wisdom and understanding than that which is foreign to one's development (would the family Bible help you learn better)?

      There I can only provide an experience-based opinion, not having been in your shoes exactly, but I have found that it is God's culture and company that brings knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. In my life I have received the most revelation of truth by simply laying aside my personal ambitions and ideas and asking, "what does this mean, really?", with a 'pure' motive to know "what is truth" (John 18:38). Thanks for sharing your story, I am sure that the experience was difficult for you in ways.

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      Andy Ramjohn 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Pamela :) Interesting Hub - thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more.

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      Elizabeth Mara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello, Pamela-anne,

      I was not aware of the tradition you describe, of the eldest son inheriting the family bible. I have seen old, well loved and worn bibles that are as much family history as word of God, so it makes sense. Our family has given bibles of passed relatives to any family member expressing an interest either in the book as scripture or as memorial of that person.

      I have found I benefit from having two bibles. I take one to service and read along with the minister of my church. The other is showing more wear as I use it to study. Our local second hand book store nearly always has a copy of the bible on the shelves; I hope you find one soon!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and well advised on choosing the right bible

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My darling, recently I was offered 13 thousand dollars for my family bible. It is in Lutheran German. I am making progress through it. I would soon sell it to someone who could love it. But there is a picture of my beloved Grandpa Jacob in it. The Gospel is different than such a book. Stay true.


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