Sunday, 10 March 2013

My Precious {March Edition}

Better late than never...!

It was World Book Day this week, and as I was in school that day I was quite heavily involved! I provided some pocket money for The Boy to choose a book from his Book Fair; I helped The Tomboy to dress up as George from the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton; I dressed up myself - as Little Red Riding Hood, complete with basket of goodies for 'Granny'; I attended a rather lovely assembly led by the Reception children in which they shared some of their favourite books and book characters; I helped Year 2 children to write a description of a book character; and I accompanied the Year 2 class to our local library.

The children's librarian shared a selection of books with the children, and asked them about their favourite books and characters. In particular, she asked them which one book they'd choose to have with them if they were marooned on a desert island, and which one book character they'd really like to meet. Their answers were interesting and varied! But the questions got me thinking, too.

We love books in our family. We have literally hundreds. There are books in every room of the house (including the bathroom, though I do try to discourage that!) We all of us have at least one book on the go at any one time. The Doctor has just finished Bring Up The Bodies; I've been reading the Gervase Phinn series; The Boy is re-reading The Lord of the Rings; The Tomboy is avidly working her way through our Enid Blyton collection. Which one book would I choose? I mused. Which one character would I like to meet? I considered.

The answer, when it came to me, was pretty obvious really. If I was limited to just one book then, as a Christian, it would have to be my Bible. And the character I'd love to meet would be Jesus.


Which leads neatly on to my choice of 'precious' for this month! I was presented with this Bible when I was baptised in November 1994 (I was baptised by full immersion as an adult, having become a Christian while at university). I try to read it every day, and even though I don't always manage it I think you can see from its battered state that it has been pretty well read! If my monthly 'precious' posts are going to sum me up over the year, as I'd like them to do, then my engagement ring represents my relationship with The Doctor, my camera indicates my love of memory-keeping, and now my Bible is a symbol of my faith. I'm already thinking ahead to what I might choose next month! :)

This post was brought to you by Sian's Storytelling Sundays

22 comments:

Sian said...

Funny, I came across the little Gideon Bible I was given at school the other day and it made me stop and think about which books I really appreciate. Food for thought and very welcome it is too!

Kirsty.a said...

Great choice for 'Prtecious'. I really love how so many posts are making me think "Oh yes, me too"

Dawn said...

Loved reading your post! As someone who's never really thought much about religion until recently it was interesting for me to read that you were baptised in adulthood.

Beverly said...

“A bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” -Charles Spurgeon

Louise said...

a lovely post Mel, you got me thinking!

Alison said...

You have set me thinking Mel...I don't read my Bible enough at all...I too was baptised as an adult, and even with my lack of bible reading, consider my faith an important part of my life
Alison xx

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Lovely post. Your world book day sounds like great fun and your bible truly cherished.

furrypig said...

I love that you based this months tale around books and world book day. I was baptised as an adult as I went to a Baptist church. Your bible is definitely a precious item and I thought that when I saw it on the table at our wend away xxx

Rhona said...

Great thought provoking post. I love the photo of your Bible and the fact it's all taped together :)x

Jo said...

That is a great post and I do like to see a bible that's been well read and loved. I would find it very hard to pick just one book.

Miriam said...

Lovely post Mel. How strange, my prayer book that I was given as a child is my precious for next month.

Abi said...

lovely post Mel. Yes I agree, the Bible is so precious. I love the tape over yours. I bought myself a new one a few months back and am missing all my old scrawls and dog eared pages!

Gervase Phinn always give me a good giggle! After a long day I often sit down with his books over a cup of tea. That or Gerald Durrell which is another firm favourite!

Mary B said...

George is the perfect character for The Tom Boy she couldn't choose a better I'm sure
As for your Precious perfect I have one or two different versions that are in the same state as yours I can't get rid of them even when I get a new copy of the same version
We are so blessed in the western world that we can have The Word on display with no fear of persecution.

Melissa said...

Wonderful Precious story Mel! I, too, would chose a Bible if I were marooned somewhere. We have quite a collection of them in different versions (even a Hebrew/Greek inerlinial), but I do my daily reading from the NKJV.

The Creative Beast said...

lovely post Mel! i must try to be in the loop for World Book Day next year!

alexa said...

A well cherished and loved volume, Mel - and it clearly speaks volumes to you and about you too. Lovely to read how dedicated you all are to the printed word, though the activities on world book day sound such fun! Was there any Malteser cake in that basket? :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great choice & story! I love the Gervase Finn books

Karen said...

I've been thinking, too, about the books I would choose as precious. Like you, we have shelves and shelves of them despite our attempts to find new homes for the ones we've read. Lovely post, Mel.

Gail said...

What a thought provoking post Mel and a great choice.

Angela said...

Great post. I was going to mention the CHS quote, but Beverly beat me to it!

Jimjams said...

Great choice of "precious" Mel - your faith is twice as impressive as it was an adult choice! Long may that sellotape last :-)

Missus Wookie said...

Oh - now how did I miss this? That CHS quote is one I remind myself of regularly when trying to make time for my nourishing this year.

I can carry my Bible and QFP around in my phone but still want the solid feel of my books too. Lovely precious :)