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If you’ve ever lived in a foreign country for more than a month, you will probably agree that everything feels a little more magical. From fancy restaurant to street sounds to grocery stores.
Or maybe it’s just me.
I lived in England for four months in 2009 and had one of those “magical moments.” (Story time!)
One day, I found myself in a rustic old bookstore. It had no shelves, just piles of dusty who-knows-what bound in cardboard or leather. A friend bought a stained ancient book. We cracked it open. It was a portion of the Bible, but had no chapters, verses, headings, or columns. Just…Scripture in book form.
I read a few pages and it was like submerging myself into a new realm of scriptural understanding. Once I had a taste of the Bible in this format, I couldn’t be satisfied unless I had all of it. It’s like visiting Israel — after you’ve been there, you can never view the Bible the same way. Everything turns to color.
Last year, I shared this discovery story with my husband. We went on a wild search through Ebay and Amazon, but never found a Bible or even a portion of the Bible like the one my friend purchased in England. I don’t know who put that one together, but I was furious at its evasiveness.
I’ll just write it up myself, then. My morning devotions turned into morning typotions. I’d hunch over my computer as I read, typing like mad. I got through only a few books before my own typos threatened the infallibility of His Word.
I stopped. This wouldn’t work. In defeat, I handed it over to prayer — a very specific prayer, I might add. God, inspire someone — because I’m clearly incapable — to put together a Bible like this. For me…for everyone. It reads so different. We’re always looking for “the new view” of Your Word, and this would be so fresh and accurate to its intent. The prayer went on and and I eventually forgot about it…until last week.
Nine days ago, blog post from Michael Hyatt popped up in my e-mail and I gasped so hard I practically inhaled the computer screen. The article — What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells us About the Future of Publishing — was interesting, but we’re not going to talk about the future of publishing because he already did (and he does a much better job than I would.)
We’re going to talk about…Bibliotheca.
Question: What is it?
Answer: My prayer (and dreams) come true.
Adam Greene did what I prayed someone would do — he produced the Bible in a format without chapters, verses, or headings. Not only that, but he’s taken it to a higher level of intentionality than I ever asked for. Here are just a few examples:
- The name Bibliotheca means “library” because the “Bible” originally consisted of “many books” (that’s the definition of Bible) Thus, he’s producing the Bible in a set of four distinct books.
- The dimensions of these books are designed after the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant
- The typeface was designed by Adam Greene uniquely for Bibliotheca.
- The chosen translation holds closer to the original text than any other translation.
You can read all about Bibliotheca and watch the video on its Kickstarter campaign. Now, before you roll your eyes and say, “Another Kickstarter campaign to back?” let me tell you this: it’s already over.
I almost cried when I saw that, because Bibliotheca won’t be available to the world long-term. It’s looking like a one-time project. But Mr. Greene has Bibliotheca up for pre-order until he makes the final order (aka. Time is limited, so if you want something like this order it now!)
My one-time prayer resulted in a new Bible and $1.4 million dollars, all through someone else’s vision. How many other prayers, how many hours of vision, how many late-night brainstorm sessions did God use to bring this about?
It wasn’t just me or my prayers but, for the moment, it sure feels like this is a gift specifically designed to show me that God hears. He heard my pleas to be closer to Him and there’s no project too large for His forges.
What do you think of Bibliotheca?
Do you ever find it hard to pray specific prayers?
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