Saving Money: High quality Bible for half the regular cost

I have loved books for all of my life, from the Bobbsey Twins through Nancy Drew through Lorna Doone and all of the Readers Digest Condensed Books that would come in the mail for my mom…there I read Jane Eyre and The Scarlet Pimpernel and many of the classics. Another treat to come back then was IDEALS…do any of you remember that ? There was a subscription to National Geographic as well as IDEALS and later on, Country Living.   My mom also had Gladys Tabor, D.E Stevenson, and a few books of that nature, which I read.

As a teen and young adult I read mysteries and thrillers and love stories and anything that was available. So as a book lover, would it be any wonder that I when I started taking my boys to church, that I’d be a Bible lover too?

From my own childhood, I remember a little red leather Bible from a VBS and a white leather child’s Bible. When I first bought a Bible to take to church and Sunday School and read at home as a young mother, it was a beautiful red leather one, though I imagine imitation leather,  and I am pretty sure it was a Holman Open Bible. About five years down the line I got a Ryrie Study Bible and used that for quite awhile. When my husband and I split up I left tons of books and magazines and record albums ( remember them? :) and much much more there and I only brought with me the latest Bible that I’d had….a brown imitation leather Spirit-Filled-Life Bible. It was already pretty beat up with many a Scotch-taped page and such. ( and oh the religious and spiritual books that I left behind…I just had no room…and they ran the gamut from evangelical to charismatic to scholarly to Buddhism to Protestant / Catholic to  Edgar Cayce to women’s studies to new age : )

When our old house sold I think that my ex donated alot of things to the library and such and I was not concerned with all of my old books..I was too busy trying to stay above poverty level and when I moved to this bungalow even if all of the books were still around there was still no space for them.

In the time since I’ve moved here, the only books that I have purchased over a 13 year period are memoirs & books of a historical nature, a few quilting books, and used  D.E Stevenson books, which I collected over the years…all fit into a little chest upstairs as I have sloping ceilings there and cannot have a tall bookcase. And after being here for a few years I ordered a TOME of a Bible…the New Oxford Annotated Edition with the Apocrypha, black bonded leather. Oxford makes nice Bibles…this is very sturdy, and very scholarly, and there is no bias to any of the notes.

For some reason I got a hankering for a new Bible recently.  My  birthday is coming up…I could treat myself to something, within reason.  I remember loving how that Ryrie that I’d had ages ago felt in my hand…the printing and production of it. I also thought that it might be nice to have a red leather Bible…and I wanted to see what new study bibles were out there now. It’s been 10 years at the least since I went Bible shopping.

There was an HSBC study bible that had alot of nice feedback but not so great in the production of it ( I really did my shopping online …countless reviews of this or that Bible ) in that people were reporting their pages sticking together and what have you.

Next I looked for a red cover Bible. Well I guess those are gone by the wayside…what is interesting when you Bible-shop online is that you will find not only people reviewing the translation or doctrinal basis of a version but also the publication and printing…how does it FEEL, does it lay flat, does the cover curl, how are the pages, and on and on. At this point in my life I was after a Bible that FELT good, that was going to hold up, that could be manipulated without pages in Isaiah falling out of the middle ( ahem, that “Spirit-Filled-Life” one had many such issues over time ) and so I started to check out the Ryrie ones, because I remember that was such a nice Bible.

Great! While the reviews said that they loved the study notes ( and there was much back and forth about the doctrine / not a concern for me at this point ) it would appear that many people who had replaced their OLD Ryrie Bibles for new were not happy with the new print and publication. This ran the gamut from covers to font to this, that and the other.

How disappointing to read that. Looks like Moody Publishing is not what it used to be ( nor most Bible publishers from all that I was seeing online in the way of reviews :(

Well in the end I got the Ryrie that I wanted and why ? I  bought a USED one, though it had never been used :)  I was able to, by shopping on Amazon, find a Ryrie Bible from a decade or more ago, fresh in its box, never touched. The printing and publication of it were what people were lamenting that they could not find now in the newer bibles, produced in the last few years.

So I was able to find a high quality Bible, brand new, at a used book price, and the publishing quality is from a decade ago. I think that it is a beauty…and it feels oh so wonderful to the touch.

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The One Day Above All Others: New England Thanksgiving

I have a book called ” Our Own Snug Fireside ” by Jane C. Nylander that focuses on the New England home from 1760-1860.  I highly recommend this book if you are a history enthusiast. 

The last chapter is entitled ” The One Day Above All Others: New England Thanksgiving” and I thought that you might enjoy a few snippets from it. All photos are taken from this book as well. 

The chapter, as well as the entire book, is extensive and detailed but here are a few points of interest in regards to Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving the large illustration

“The Thanksgiving holiday had achieved its traditional status long before the beginning of the nineteenth century. The editor of the Salem Observer explained it well in 1825, writing that “the anniversary of the good old Festival will ever be greeted with hearty welcome.”

As early as 1827, in her novel Northwood: A Tale of New England, Sarah Josepha Hale described the traditional feast with its array of foods featuring roasted turkey and other meats, and chicken and pumpkin pies, explaining that everyone was “proud of displaying his abundance and prosperity“.

Shortly after the publication of Northwood, Mrs. Hale campaigned vigorously to have Thanksgiving adopted as a National holiday, to be observed on the fourth Thursday in November. Mrs. Hale became the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1832 and she used the magazine as an effective propaganda vehicle in her campaign. The idea was finally adopted by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

Mrs. Hale felt that the choice of November for Thanksgiving celebrations was inspired. It makes ” the funeral faced month of November…wear a garland of joy…”

In order to fulfill the expectations of their families and to meet their own high standards, there was a great deal of work to be done. Caroline King remembered that “ preparations for the reception of the homecomers  were made for weeks beforehand. Stores of food sufficient for an army were bought, for everything was laid on large lines then. The pie closet was filled with apple, mince, squash and cranberry pies, and plum and Marlborough puddings, and the store closet was filled with good things. ”

In late November 1804. Samuel Holland advertised “articles necessary for Thanksgiving” in the Greenfield Gazette.  “St Croix & Jamaica Rum, French and Cider Brandy, Gin, Molasses, Loaf and Brown Sugars, by the 100 wt. or less, Hyson-Souchong & Bohea Teas, Pepper, Ginger, Pimento, Cinnamon, Nutmegs, Box Raisins, Coffee, Chocolate, and many other articles.”

Featuring turkey or chicken pie at Thanksgiving is certainly related to the fact that often the major butchering of the winter was done the following week, and fresh pork or beef was simply unavailable in many households.

In Oldtown Folks, Mrs Stowe defined children’s tasks: ” For as much as a week beforehand, we children were employed in chopping mince for pies to a most wearisome fineness, and in pounding cinnamon , allspice, and cloves in a great ‘ lignum-vitae’ mortar; and the sound of this pounding and chopping re-echoed throughout all the rafters of this old house.”

For many people, morning attendance at Meeting was an important part of Thanksgiving Day. Ministers prepared special sermons…

Whether people went to meeting or indulged in active sports there was still work to do in the kitchen and parlor on Thanksgiving morning.

Thanksgiving cooking around the hearth

Sometimes two tables would be set up. The dinner itself was the centerpiece of the day…the culmination of tremendous effort on the part of the women of the family. The meal, with its abundance of food might last as long as two hours, and all were expected to eat more than their fill.

Sarah Rice Goodman recalls ” a long table was spread in the largest room  with a table cloth of finest damask which hung in rich folds, and at every plate was a beautifully ironed napkin, a small roll and a tall glass of currant jelly. The silver and glass seemed to take on a higher polish and a large glass pyramid crowned the center of the table covered with almond custards and a small glass of strawberries and cream..”

Thanksgiving carving the turkey

Many prepared special baskets to be given to the poor. Jacob Abbot recalled the ” gratified pride” he had felt as his “mother stowed in the basket the little package of tea, with the pies and other little comforts which I was to carry to the lonely widow and to the hungry family in the neighborhood.”

As darkness fell, the fires were built up and an unusual number of candles were lighted. There were toasts and songs and games. Children looked at picture books and other parlor treasures and lively games erupted. If the weather cooperated, people might venture forth for a Thanksgiving sleighride; some attended informal dancing parties at private homes or organized Thanksgiving balls.

No matter how they might occupy themselves during the evening, Thanksgiving reminded everyone of the importance of the family. One author wrote ” The queen of this palace on Thanksgiving Day was Grandma Pratt. Everyone paid his respects to her first.”  After dinner was over and the young people were tired of their games , “they gathered about in a far-reaching circle, and clamored for grandma’s stories of their fathers and grandfathers , and of her own youth.”

Thanksgiving Family Gathered around the hearth


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