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August 19, 2013

As we all know, physical books are disappearing. I tend to only buy physical books when they aren’t available in the Kindle format or I can snatch one from a thrift store for a pittance. I do this for three reasons. First, I almost always have a great portion of my library with me at all times. Second, typically Kindle books are much cheaper. Third, as I age seeing becomes more of a problem. Having a device with self-emanating light is extremely helpful. I’m sure many of you are tracking with what I say. Is this trend impacting us in a negative way? You wouldn’t think so. More books, cheaper price, sounds good to me. However, John Bombaro begs to differ. Ultimately he is arguing for the use of physical Bibles. His arguments are worth weighing. I still believe that a Kindle book is better than no book at all.   Here is a quote:

When we see and hold the physical text of Scripture, it speaks to us and occupies the reality in which we live as a living testimony, an abiding witness. It has an enduring quality. A conversation and an encounter continue through the ontological presence of books. Their very presence is sometimes iconic, sometimes instigating, always familiar, occasionally troubling. That is just the way the Lord intended the Bible to be—iconic, instigating, familiar, and troubling—just like the incarnation itself.

Here is a much lighter piece. It is entitled, “17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand.” What ones do you most identify with?


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